KIDDE RECALLS FIRE EXTINGUISHERS WITH PLASTIC HANDLES DUE TO FAILURE TO DISCHARGE NOZZLE DETACHMENT
Thursday, November 2nd, 2017 – Today, Kidde announced a recall of fire extinguishers with plastic handles. The extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge, and may fail in a fire emergency. In the case the nozzle is detached, it may detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.
“It’s important to us that families have the tools they need to prepare for emergencies, and to prevent them,” said Consumer Protection Commissioner Michelle H. Seagull, “We encourage everyone who owns a fire extinguisher to take a moment, and double check if it’s made by Kidde and has a plastic handle. If your fire extinguisher falls into that category, take the appropriate steps for replacement right away.”
This recall includes 134 models of Kidde fire extinguishers manufactured between 1973 and 2017. For units produced before 2007, a date code is not printed on the fire extinguisher. Previous recalls were issued in March of 2009 and February of 2015. The units were sold in red, white, and silver. A picture of the unit can be found below.
These units were sold at Menards, Montgomery Ward, Sears, Walmart, and other department stores, home and hardware stores nationwide, and at Amazon.com, ShopKidde.com. They have also been sold in conjunctions with commercial trucks, recreational vehicles, and some boats. About 37.8 million have been sold, and a complete model list can be found on the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website.
Consumers who own, or suspect they own one of these models should contact Kidde immediately for a replacement by calling 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 by visiting www.kidde.com and clicking on “Product Safety Recall” for more information.
Lora Rae Anderson
(860) 713-6019 (office)
(860) 247-8711 (cell)