Massive government recall covers 37.8 million fire extinguishers

(WROC-TV) - A massive recall has been issued for fire extinguishers that might not work during an emergency.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says 37.8 million Kidde fire extinguishers are being recalled.

The recall includes 142 models with plastic handles and push button “pindicators” that can clog, resulting in a failure to discharge. Nozzles can also pop off with enough force to be a dangerous projectile.

Click here to see a full list of recalled model numbers. The model number is printed on the fire extinguisher label.

There have been nearly 400 reports of extinguishers malfunctioning resulting in 16 injuries and one death.

Kidde will replace defective extinguishers for free with new ones made with metal parts.

Consumers can contact Kidde at 855-271-0773 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday, or online at www.kidde.com and click on “Product Safety Recall” for more information.


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