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40 Million Fire Extinguishers Recalled
When a fire extinguisher fails to function, there could be deadly consequences. That was the reason behind a recent reported recall of more than 40 million fire extinguishers manufactured by Kidde and associated with 91 reports of property damage, 16 injuries, and one fatality.
The recall included 134 of Kidde’s push-button and plastic-handle models fire extinguishers that have been on the market for four decades. “The government says the extinguishers can become clogged and fail to spray when needed. Also, the nozzle can come off with enough force to pose an injury hazard,” according to the report by Action News. A fatality occurred back in 2014, when an individual died in a car fire because the first responders could not get the extinguisher to work, reported the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The recall covers models manufactured from 1973 through August 15, 2017. The extinguishers were sold at a variety of retailers, including Menards, Montgomery Ward, Sears, Home Depot, and Wal-Mart, as well as online on Amazon.com and ShopKidde.com. Affected models are listed on the Consumer Product Safety website.
Owners should return the recalled models to Kidde, and will receive a free replacement. For more information, contact Kidde toll-free at 855-271-0773 or online at www.kidde.com and click on “Product Safety Recall.”
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