Millions of potentially defective fire extinguishers recalled
Buy a fire extinguisher and you expect it to work if you ever need it. But millions of Kidde fire extinguishers may not get the job done.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), nearly 38 million Kidde extinguishers are being recalled.
"The extinguisher could possibly fail to work during a fire emergency,” said CPSC Commissioner Ann Marie Buerkle. “In addition there's one other problem where the nozzle could detach and that could result in injury."
The CPSC says there have been nearly 400 different situations where a Kidde fire extinguisher did not work as it should. These malfunctions resulted in 16 injuries and one related death.
The recall includes 142 models with plastic handles and push button “pindicators." Some of these models have been sold since 1973.
Kidde will replace defective extinguishers for free.