Defective Kidde Fire Extinguishers Recalled
Fire extinguishers are one of the most important items you can have in your home. Nobody ever wants to have a reason to use a fire extinguisher, but if you ever need for one, you’ll be very glad to have it. In an emergency situation, the last thing you want to discover is that your fire extinguisher doesn’t work.
The National Fire Protection Association recommends checking your fire extinguishers on a monthly basis to make sure its safety seals are intact and its pressure gauge is still in the correct range, but now it’s a good time to also check to make sure your fire extinguisher isn’t part of a massive product recall.
Recently, Kidde announced a recall of over 40 million fire extinguishers which includes 134 different models. While some of the extinguishers included in the recall were manufactured as recently as August 2017, others date as far back as 1973. These extinguishers were sold at many popular stores such as Walmart, Home Depot, Sears, Amazon, and Kidde’s online store. In some cases, they were sold with boats, RVs, and commercial trucks.
All of the extinguishers included in the recall have a plastic handle or a plastic push button. These extinguishers have been known to become clogged and difficult to operate. The nozzle could also become detached with enough force to pose a hazard. So far, Kidde has received reports of one death and 16 injuries caused by the fire extinguishers.They’ve also received 91 reports of general property damage and 391 reports of product failure.
When you check your fire extinguisher, don’t just look for the Kidde brand name. Some of the extinguishers included in the recall were sold under different brand names, such as Sears, Montgomery Ward, Traveler, and Honeywell. Visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website for a complete list of recalled extinguishers.
If you have a recalled Kidde fire extinguisher, you can fill out an online form on Kidde’s website or call Kidde at 855-271-0773 to receive a replacement extinguisher free of charge. You do not need to have your original receipt. Your replacement will be shipped within 10-15 days and Kidde recommends keeping your old extinguisher until the new one arrives. When your replacement extinguisher arrives, it will include instructions with how to return your old one. Of course, if you believe you or a loved one may have been injured by a defective fire extinguisher, contact a defective product lawyer as soon as possible.
This isn’t the first Kidde fire extinguisher recall; they’ve previously recalled some of their extinguishers in 2005 and 2009. In fact, some of the extinguishers included in this recall have been included in some of their past recalls.