Kidde Recalls 40 Million Fire Extinguishers

Source KFDA

Fires in the kitchen, fires on the road.there are so many reasons millions of Americans buy fire extinguishers.

Eight models of Kidde's push-button Pindicator fire extinguishers made between 1995 and September 2017 are also being recalled.

The expanded recall involves fire extinguishers not included in previous recalls in March 2009 and February 2015. The recalled extinguishers date back decades and some models have been recalled before for other issues.

The agency claims extinguishers with plastic handles and push button - or pindicators - can clog, resulting in a failure to discharge. Nozzles can also pop off with enough force to be a unsafe projectile.

"Get a new fire extinguisher free of charge in your home and have that certainty that it will work", Buerkle said. They were sold at Menards, Montgomery Ward, Sears, Home Depot, Wal-Mart and other home and hardware stores, as well as on Amazon.com, ShopKidde.com and other online retailers.

Certain models of extinguishers also come equipped inside commercial trucks, RVs, and personal watercraft like a boat of jet ski.

Almost 400 people have reported a fault with the product causing the recall.

391 people reported a fault of some kind; 91 people reported property damage; 16 people received injuries; and at least 1 death is being blamed.

In 2014 a man died in a vehicle fire following a wreck.

In 2014, Brendan Rosko died in a Pennsylvania auto crash after an extinguisher used by first responders malfunctioned.

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

Both agencies reported that they do not use any extinguishers affected by the recall.

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