RECALL ALERT: 37-million fire extinguishers being recalled

Kidde recalls fire extinguishers that don't extinguish fires

The Kidde Company is recalling almost 38 million fire extinguishers because they may not work properly in a fire emergency.

Note: This recall includes fire extinguisher models that were previously recalled in March 2009 and February 2015.

More than 37.8 million Kidde fire extinguishers are being recalled because they may not work during a fire. Nozzles can also pop off with enough force to be a risky projectile.

The incidents include one fatality, approximately 16 injuries such as smoke inhalation or minor burns and approximately 91 reports of property damage. They were sold at every kind of store, from 20th century brick-and-mortar stalwarts such as Montgomery Ward and Sears to big boxes such as Walmart and The Home Depot to online retailers such as Amazon.com and ShopKidde.com.

One incident in 2014 saw extinguishers fail to function as they should for emergency personnel responding to a fiery auto wreck. Some commercial trucks, RVs and boats came with the fire extinguishers also. His family received a settlement from Kidde.

The recall covers 134 models of push-button and plastic-handle extinguishers in the U.S. and Canada made from 1973 through to 15 August of this year.

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The recall also covers 134 plastic handle and push-button "Pindicator" models manufactured between 1995 and 2017, the agency said in a recall notice. "You can find the model number and serial number on the unit's label".

Consumers with a recalled extinguisher should contact Kidde.com for a free replacement and for instructions on how to return a recalled extinguisher.

A statement from Kidde reads in part: "customer safety is our first priority".

The extinguishers are manufactured by Kidde in Mebane, North Carolina.

Ann Marie Buerkle leads the agency ordering the recall.

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