More than 40 million fire extinguishers recalled after auto fire death

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Customers are urged to contact Kidde to request a free replacement fire extinguisher and for instructions on returning the recalled unit.

More than 40 million fire extinguishers in the US and Canada are being recalled because they might not work in an emergency.

2016 the Charles City Rotary Club distributed First Alert fire extinguishers, which are NOT a part of the recall.

The company is aware of one death in 2014 involving the recalled Kidde fire extinguishers. The nozzle can also come off and cause an impact hazard.

Fire extinguisher maker Kidde recalled 40.5 million fire extinguishers Wednesday, a recall that covers 134 models manufactured over 44 years including models involved in two previous recalls.

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The U.S. government is recalling nearly 40 million fire extinguishers, for fear that the products may not work in an emergency. One death has been reported in connection with the faulty fire extinguishers, the Consumer Product Safety Commission reports.


According to the CPSC, there have been approximately 391 reports of failed or limited activation or nozzle detachment. It includes extinguishers that had been previously recalled as well.

The incidents include one fatality, approximately 16 injuries such as smoke inhalation or minor burns and approximately 91 reports of property damage.

The extinguishers were sold in red, white and silver colors. Units manufactured prior to 2007 do not have a date code printed on the fire extinguisher.

The recalled extinguishers were sold at The Home Depot, Sears, Menards, Montgomery Ward, Amazon, ShopKidde.com and other hardware stores and websites nationwide.

Apart from being sold retail, the devices were also packaged with commercial trucks, recreational vehicles, personal watercraft and boats.

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