Massive government recall covers 37.8 million Kidde fire extinguishers

Massive government recall covers 37.8 million Kidde fire extinguishers

Massive government recall covers 37.8 million Kidde fire extinguishers

In addition, the CPSC says the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.

They are in millions of homes as a precaution and serve as extinguishers ready to tackle small household fires.

They were sold at Menards, Montgomery Ward, Sears, Home Depot, Wal-Mart and other home and hardware stores, as well as on Amazon.com, ShopKidde.com and assorted online retailers.

The Kidde Company is recalling almost 38 million fire extinguishers because they may not work properly in a fire emergency.

Owners should contact Kidde to ask for a replacement and for instructions on how to return recalled models.

Kidde is recalling two styles Plastic handle and plastic push-button fire extinguishers. Canada is also recalling nearly 3 million additional extinguishers.

Kidde, based in Mebane, North Carolina, says it has worked closely with the government to start the recall and make sure the extinguishers are replaced with different models as quickly as possible.

In 2014, emergency personnel responded to a vehicle fire following a crash and could not get their fire extinguishers to work, resulting in a death.

A statement from Kidde reads in part: "customer safety is our first priority". Sixteen of those incidents resulted in injuries, including burns and smoke inhalation, the CPSC said. Or you can call the company at (855) 271-0773. No proof of purchase is required, however, a model number, year of manufacture, and the unit's date code and serial number must be provided. It also includes models that were previously recalled in March 2009 and February 2015.

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