The recall covers 134 models of push-button and plastic-handle extinguishers in the U.S. and Canada made from 1973 through August 15 of this year. Owners of Kidde fire extinguishers are advised to check the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website for information on specific model numbers involved with this recall.
The government says the extinguishers can become clogged and fail to spray when needed. Also, the nozzle can come off with enough force to pose an injury hazard. The CPSC says there have been 391 reports of extinguishers failing to work properly or of nozzles coming off, resulting in 16 injuries that included smoke inhalation and minor burns. Also, there were about 91 reports of property damage linked to the problem.
Owners should contact Kidde to ask for a free replacement and for instructions on how to return recalled models. Kidde can be reached at (855) 271-0773 or at www.kidde.com.
Employees who inspect fire extinguishers monthly should report any Kidde fire extinguishers with plastic handles to their employer.
Everyone should check their home fire extinguisher today.