37.8M fire extinguishers recalled after fatal incident
Kidde fire extinguishers with plastic handles were recalled when it was discovered they can clog or require excessive force and fail to activate
By FireRescue1 Staff
MEBANE, N.C. — A fire extinguisher recall has been issued after hundreds of reported malfunctions and one death.
CBS News reported that 37.8 million Kidde fire extinguishers with plastic handles and push buttons, some of which date back decades, have been recalled after it was discovered they can clog, causing a failure to discharge.
Nearly 400 malfunctions have been reported, as well as 16 injuries and one death.
"It's a product that a lot of people have in their homes, in their offices," Consumer Product Safety Commission member Ann Marie Buerkle said.
Kidde said in a statement that "customer safety is our first priority" and that it is working to "ensure that affected fire extinguishers are replaced as quickly as possible."
Kidde said they will replace the malfunctioning extinguishers free of charge with new ones made of metal. See the list of recalled models below.