Consumer Action Alert – 30 Million Kidde Fire Extinguishers Recalled in US, Canada
Kidde, in conjunction with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, has recalled 134 models of fire extinguishers with plastic handles manufactured between January 1, 1973 to August 15, 2017. The extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge. Thus, they can fail to activate during a fire emergency. In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard. Importantly, the extinguishers may not work properly in a fire emergency. The recall involves 37.8 million in the U.S., in addition to 2.7 million sold in Canada. Consumers may contact Kidde to request a free replacement fire extinguisher and for instructions on returning the recalled unit, as it may not work properly in a fire emergency. The toll-free number is 855.271.0773.
This product recall involves two styles of Kidde disposable fire extinguishers:
- Plastic handle fire extinguishers
- Plastic push-button fire extinguishers
This Recall does not include Kidde Professional or Badger branded fire extinguishers. Units with metal handles/valve assemblies are not included in the recall.
If you believe that you may have an affected model, locate and collect your Model Number, Serial Number, and Date Code (if applicable). The Date Code is a 10-digit number printed on the side of your fire extinguisher, near the bottom. Digits five through nine represent the day and year of manufacture, and these five numbers are what you will need.
View the following links to determine if you have an affected model:
• Plastic handle fire extinguishers: Open to view the Fire Extinguisher ID Guide (Opens in new browser window)
• Push-Button Fire Extinguishers: Open to view the Fire Extinguisher ID Guide (Opens in new browser window)