37 million fire extinguishers recalled

37 million fire extinguishers recalled
Posted at 8:27 AM, Nov 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-02 05:32:20-04

(RNN) - The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of about 37.8 million Kidde fire extinguishers.

The fire extinguishers can become clogged or require a lot of force to use and can fail during a fire emergency. The nozzle also can detach with enough force to be dangerous.

A faulty fire extinguisher was linked to a 2014 death involving a fiery vehicle crash. First responders couldn't get the extinguisher to work.

The agency said there have been 391 reports of failed or limited activation or nozzle detachment, including the one death, about 16 injuries and about 91 reports of property damage.

Several models of fire extinguishers produced between Jan. 1, 1973, and Aug. 15, 2017, including models listed in previous recalls, are covered in the recall. See more product information here.

The fire extinguishers were sold at a variety of retailers, including Menards, Montgomery Ward, Sears, The Home Depot, Walmart and other retailers nationwide, and online at, and other online retailers for between $12 and $50 and for about $200 for model XL 5MR. The fire extinguishers were also sold with commercial trucks, recreational vehicles, personal watercraft and boats.

For more information, call Kidde toll-free at 855-271-0773 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday, or online at and click on “Product Safety Recall.”

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