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Fire extinguisher manufacturer issues recall for nearly 38 million units

November 6, 2017

Mebane, NC – Fire safety product manufacturer Kidde has issued an expansive safety recall of 37.8 million plastic handle or plastic push-button fire extinguishers that could clog or malfunction when used.

The possible affected devices may require excessive force to discharge or even fail to activate, according to a Consumer Product Safety Commission press release. The nozzle also may detach with sufficient force.

The possible affected devices cover 134 models of plastic handle fire extinguishers manufactured between Jan. 1, 1973, and Aug. 15, 2017, including models previously recalled in March 2009 and February 2015. The recall also includes eight models of “Pindicator” plastic push-button fire extinguishers manufactured between Aug. 11, 1995, and Sept. 22, 2017.

Affected users can call Kidde toll-free at (855) 271-0773 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern on Saturday and Sunday. Users also can visit www.kidde.com and click “Product Safety Recall” for additional information.