Kidde, a major manufacturer of smoke alarms and fire safety products, has issued a recall of 134 models of fire extinguishers. The 40 million fire extinguishers recalled are for home, vehicle and recreation use by consumers, some manufactured as long ago as 1973.
The recalled models can become clogged or fail to discharge when needed. All the units have plastic handles and buttons which may break or detach under force. The extinguishers may be white, red or silver and were sold nationwide by several retailers, including Amazon. Kidde has received 391 reports of malfunctioning extinguishers, with 16 incidents of injury and one reported death. And some came with the purchase of some commercial trucks, recreational vehicles, personal watercraft, and boats.
To learn whether your fire extinguisher is subject to the recall, and how to receive a replacement for one under recall, visit the Consumer Product Safety Commission recall page.