Massive fire extinguisher recall; more than 37.8 million devices recalled

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The CPSC points to the death of a person in 2014 who died after his vehicle crashed and burned.

The U.S. government is recalling nearly 40 million fire extinguishers, for fear that the products may not work in an emergency. These have plastic handles or were the push-button Pindicator models.

If you own a Kidde fire extinguisher, there's a good chance it's being recalled.

"If you attack a fire thinking you're going to put it out with a defective fire extinguisher and it doesn't work you put yourself in harm's way", McMullen said. Some of them were included in prior recalls in March 2009 and February 2015, while others were sold more recently.

The nozzle can also detach with enough force to be unsafe.

Hospital receives 'A' rating for patient safety
Of the 46 hospitals in the state participating in the survey, 19 received the top grade. Just one received a "B", one a "C", three a "D" and two an "F".

According to the CPSC, there have been approximately 391 reports of failed or limited activation or nozzle detachment. The products were sold at many stores, including The Home Depot, Walmart, and others.

The recall covers 134 models of push-button and plastic-handle extinguishers made from 1973 through August 15 of this year.

One death has been reported in connection with the faulty fire extinguishers, the Consumer Product Safety Commission reports. They were sold in red, white, and silver and are either ABC or BC rated.

Kidde will replace the devices with new extinguishers made with metal parts. The model numbers are printed on the body of the fire extinguisher (see photos above and below).

The recall FAQ section of Kidde's website says, "No proof of purchase is required".