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Government recalls almost 38M fire extinguishers manufactured in NC

03 November, 2017, 01:08 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • Kidde recalls fire extinguishers that don't extinguish fires

They are in millions of homes as a precaution and serve as extinguishers ready to tackle small household fires.

Kidde is recalling two styles Plastic handle and plastic push-button fire extinguishers.

"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. Nozzles can also pop off with enough force to be a risky projectile.

The consumer product safety commission is recalling more than 37-million Kidde fire extinguishers.

Consumers are asked to contact Kidde immediately to request a free replacement fire extinguisher and instructions on returning the recalled unit. The products were sold at many stores, including The Home Depot, Walmart, Amazon.com and others.

The CPSC says there have been approximately 391 reports of failed or limited activation or nozzle detachment that resulted in approximately 16 injures, 91 reports of property damage, and 1 fatality. This includes models that were previously recalled in March 2009 and February 2015. The company issued a recall of millions of extinguishers as they may not work in an emergency.

Apart from being sold retail, the devices were also packaged with commercial trucks, recreational vehicles, personal watercraft and boats. The model numbers are printed on the body of the fire extinguisher (see photos above and below).

In response to the recall, Kidde said in a statement that "customer safety is our first priority" and that it working with authorities to "ensure that affected fire extinguishers are replaced as quickly as possible".

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