2.7 million Canadian fire extinguishers recalled, here's why

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The nozzle can also detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard, the commission reports.

Some commercial trucks, RVs and boats came with the fire extinguishers also.

The extinguishers are sold online and at The Home Depot, Walmart, Sears and other stores.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled various makes and models of Kidde fire extinguishers with plastic handles.

Almost 38 million Kiddie fire extinguishers with plastic handles are being recalled because they may not work in emergencies or the nozzles can detach, and one death has already been reported because of it. In a 2014 flaming vehicle crash, the company admits in the recall notice, "Emergency responders could not get the recalled Kidde fire extinguishers to work".

The fire extinguishers date back to 1973.

"You're better off to have no fire extinguisher than a defective fire extinguisher", said former California chief fire marshal James McMullen. Sixteen of those incidents resulted in injuries, including burns and smoke inhalation, the CPSC said. Consumers are asked to contact Kidde immediately to request a free replacement fire extinguisher and instructions on returning the recalled unit.

No proof of purchase is required, but consumers will need to supply serial numbers and other identifying information. The new extinguishers contain metal parts instead of plastic.

In response to the recall, Kidde said in a statement that "customer safety is our first priority" and that it working with authorities to "ensure that affected fire extinguishers are replaced as quickly as possible".

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