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Millions of Fire Extinguishers Recalled After Death Reported

03 November, 2017, 01:10 | Author: Kristen Ingram
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The federal government is launching a massive fire extinguisher recall.

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

The fire extinguishers date back to 1973. The nozzle can also detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard, the commission reports.

- One death and 16 injuries reported - all because of the problem with "kidde" fire extinguishers.

A recall of 37.8 million fire extinguishers, sold over the last 44 years, was issued Wednesday.

A 2014 death from a auto fire has been blamed on a defective fire extinguisher.

Consumers should immediately contact Kidde to request a free replacement fire extinguisher and for instructions on returning the recalled unit, as it may not work properly in a fire emergency. They were sold in red, white, and silver and are either ABC or BC rated. The company also said it is working with the CPSC and other authorities to "ensure that affected fire extinguishers are replaced with different models as quickly as possible".

The products were sold at Menards, Montgomery Ward, Sears, The Home Depot, Walmart and other department, home and hardware stores nationwide, and online at Amazon.com, ShopKidde.com and other online retailers for between $12 and $50 and for about $200 for model XL 5MR.

This recall covers 134 models produced from January 1, 1973, through August 15, 2017.

The recall FAQ section of Kidde's website says, "No proof of purchase is required". To see if your fire extinguisher is on the recall list, visit the CPSC here.

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