More than 40 million fire extinguishers recalled after vehicle fire death

Ray Weaver
November 3, 2017

They are in millions of homes as a precaution and serve as extinguishers ready to tackle small household fires.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said two types of Kidde fire extinguishers may be a hazard.

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

"The fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency", the CPSC said in a recall advisory. It also includes eight push-button models manufactured between 1995 and September 22, 2017.

Kidde has issued a fire extinguisher recall following the death of a Pennsylvania man in 2014.

"You're better off to have no fire extinguisher than a defective fire extinguisher", former California chief fire marshal James McMullen told CBS News. No injuries had resulted from those malfunctions at the time of the recalls.

Kidde, based in Mebane, North Carolina, says it has worked closely with the government to start the recall and make sure the extinguishers are replaced with different models as quickly as possible.

Kidde can be reached toll-free at 855-271-0773 from 8:30 a.m.to 5 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.to 3 p.m. EDT Saturday and Sunday, or online at the Kidde recall website.

Again, if you received a free fire extinguisher from the Charles City Rotary Club in 2015 and 2016, your fire extinguisher is not one that is on the recall list and is safe to use. Units manufactured prior to 2007 do not have a date code printed on the fire extinguisher.

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