Kidde recalls 37M fire extinguishers that may fail to discharge

(Courtesy: Consumer Product Safety Commission)

EAST PROVIDENCE (WPRI) — Kidde is recalling more than 37 million fire extinguishers with plastic handles after receiving dozens of reports of them not working properly.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the extinguishers can become clogged, or require excessive force, and can fail to work during an emergency. Additionally, the nozzle can detach, which poses another hazard.

There have been 391 reports of failed or limited discharge or nozzle detachment, the CPSC said, including one that led to a person’s death following a car crash. In addition, there have been 16 reports of injuries and 91 reports of property damage associated with the recalled extinguishers.

The recall includes two types of Kidde fire extinguishers: the plastic handle extinguishers and the push-button Pindicator extinguishers.

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The extinguishers were sold at Sears, the Home Depot, Walmart and other department stores nationwide, as well as on and other online retailers. The extinguishers were also sold with commercial trucks, vehicles, and personal watercraft and boats.

The CPSC is urging consumers to immediately replace these extinguishers. Consumers can contact Kidde to request a free replacement extinguisher or for instructions on returning the recalled extinguisher.

Kidde can be reached toll-free at 855-271-0773 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Visit the company’s website for more information.