Massive government recall covers 37.8 million Kidde fire extinguishers

Katrina Barker
November 3, 2017

Today the Consumer Products Safety Commission announced a massive recall of 37.8 million Kidde fire extinguishers in the United States.

Kidde is recalling fire extinguishers with plastic handles after it was discovered the extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge, and can fail to activate during an emergency. The nozzle can also detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard, the commission reports.

The CPSC's recall includes 134 models of Kidde fire extinguishers, including models previously recalled in March 2009 and February 2015.

The recalled extinguishers were sold at Sears, The Home Depot, Walmart and Amazon. After Rosko's vehicle struck a tree and burst into flames, emergency responders first tried to use fire extinguishers to put out the fire but they didn't work, according to the CPSC. Kidde settled with the family.

The recalled extinguishers date back decades and some models have been recalled before for other issues.

Fire extinguisher manufacturer Kidde is recalling 37.8 million extinguishers in the US and more than 2 million in Canada.

Founder Walter Kidde founded the company in 1917, which "produced the first integrated smoke detection and carbon dioxide extinguishing system for use onboard ships", according to the Kidde website.

No proof of purchase is required, but consumers will need to supply serial numbers and other identifying information. The new extinguishers contain metal parts instead of plastic.

Ann Marie Buerkle leads the agency ordering the recall.

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