Kidde recalls fire extinguishers that don't extinguish fires

Nearly 38 million fire extinguishers made in NC recalled	 	 	 			Kidde extinguisher recall

Kidde says the fire extinguishers can become clogged and require extra force to discharge, or fail to activate completely.

The two fire extinguishers recalled were the Kidde fire extinguishers with plastic handles and Kidde push-button Pindicator fire extinguishers.

The company issued the recall over a problem with plastic handles. The model number is printed on the fire extinguisher label. In 2014, extinguishers didn't work for emergency responders who were trying to fight a auto fire after a crash. While the recall goes back 44 years, no one should keep a fire extinguisher that long.

The nozzle can also detach with enough force to be risky.

One death has been reported in connection with the faulty fire extinguishers, the Consumer Product Safety Commission reports.

The massive recall involves 134 models of Kidde fire extinguishers manufactured between January 1, 1973 and August 15, 2017.

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According to the CPSC, there have been approximately 391 reports of failed or limited activation or nozzle detachment. They were sold at every kind of store, from 20th century brick-and-mortar stalwarts such as Montgomery Ward and Sears to big boxes such as Walmart and The Home Depot to online retailers such as Amazon.com and ShopKidde.com. They were sold in red, white, and silver and are either ABC or BC rated.

McMullen says Kidde's huge market share makes the recall worrisome.

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

View or download a PDF of the recall FAQ, including model numbers.

Kidde will replace all of the recalled extinguishers for free; proof of purchase is not required.

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