Massive recall for Kidde fire extinguishers

Source KFDA

A potential danger may loom inside your house after a popular brand of personal fire extinguisher is being recalled.

The recall is in concert with Kidde and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission -more than 37 million extinguishers are being recalled in the U.S.

The agency also warns the nozzle may come off with sufficient force to pose a hazard. We encourage everyone to look at their fire extinguishers and make sure they are not part of the recall.

More than 40 million fire extinguishers, some on the market for more than four decades, are being recalled because they may not work in an emergency.

Health Canada says the fire extinguisher can become clogged or require excessive force to operate and may fail during a fire.

Kiddie extinguishers are sold at home and hardware stores across the nation.

391 people reported a fault of some kind; 91 people reported property damage; 16 people received injuries; and at least 1 death is being blamed.

The recall is the result of a 2014 death involving a auto fire.

So far, the CPSC has received almost 400 reports of cases in which the recalled fire extinguishers failed to work properly.

In 2014, extinguishers failed to function as they should for emergency personnel responding to a fiery vehicle wreck.

Owners should contact Kidde to ask for a replacement and for instructions on how to return recalled models. Matthew McFarland, a firefighter with Unified Fire Authority, joined Brian Carlson Friday to show consumers how to use an extinguisher and how to tell when something.

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