Friday, 24 November, 2017

Area Fire Departments Warn of Massive Fire Extinguisher Recall

Kidde Recalls Fire Extinguishers with Plastic Handles Due to Failure to Discharge and Nozzle Detachment One Death Reported Kidde recalls 40M fire extinguishers
Melissa Porter | 09 November, 2017, 02:06

The Office of the State Fire Marshal (OSFM) today warns of an important recall notice for Kidde brand fire extinguishers.

In 2014, extinguishers failed to function as they should for emergency personnel responding to a fiery auto wreck.

The possible affected devices cover 134 models of plastic handle fire extinguishers manufactured between January 1, 1973, and August 15, 2017, including models previously recalled in March 2009 and February 2015. Kidde has indicated that certain fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to activate, posing a risk of failure to discharge. It includes models that were previously recalled in March of 2009 and February of 2015, Health Canada said Thursday.

This photo from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website shows a Kidde plastic handle fire extinguisher. The nozzle also may detach with sufficient force. They can also fail during a fire.

The company has said they are aware of one death associated with a malfunctioning fire extinguisher, and said there are more than 400 other problems reported with Kidde extinguishers.

Owners should contact Kidde to ask for a replacement and for instructions on how to return recalled models.