Kidde has recalled more than 40 million fire extinguishers in the U.S. and Canada because the extinguisher can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency. The nozzle can also detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.

The recall was made Nov. 2 and is for Kidde fire extinguishers with plastic handles and the push-botton Pindicator fire extinguisher.

For the plastic handle fire extinguishers, the recall involves 134 models manufactured between Jan. 1, 1973 and Aug. 15. The extinguishers were sold in red, white and silver and are either ABC- or BC-rated.

For the push-button Pindicator fire extinguishers, the recall includes eight models manufactured between Aug. 11, 1995 and Sept. 22. The extinguishers were sold in red and white with a red or black nozzle.

The recalled fire extinguishers have been linked to a 2014 death involving a car fire. Emergency responders could not get the recalled Kidde fire extinguishers to work. There have also been about 391 reports of failed or limited activation of nozzle detachment.

Consumers should contact Kidde at 855-271-0773 to request a free replacement fire extinguisher and for instructions on returning the unit.


Jackson County Chronicle editor

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