Walter Kidde Portable Equipment Company of Mebane, N.C., is recalling 40.5 million Kidde plastic handle fire extinguishers sold in the U.S. and Canada.
The fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency.
In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.
The firm is aware of a 2014 death involving a car fire following a crash. Emergency responders could not get the recalled Kidde fire extinguishers to work.
There have been approximately 391 reports of failed or limited activation or nozzle detachment, including the fatality, approximately 16 injuries, including smoke inhalation and minor burns, and approximately 91 reports of property damage.
This recall involves two styles of Kidde fire extinguishers: plastic handle fire extinguishers and push-button Pindicator fire extinguishers.
Plastic handle fire extinguishers
The extinguishers were sold in red, white and silver, and are either ABC- or BC-rated. The model number is printed on the fire extinguisher label.
For units produced in 2007 and beyond, the date of manufacture is a 10-digit date code printed on the side of the cylinder, near the bottom. Digits five through nine represent the day and year of manufacture in DDDYY format.
Date codes for recalled models manufactured from January 2, 2012 through August 15, 2017 are 00212 through 22717. For units produced before 2007, a date code is not printed on the fire extinguisher.
Push-button Pindicator fire extinguishers
The recall involves eight models of Kidde Pindicator fire extinguishers manufactured between August 11, 1995, and September 22, 2017.
The no-gauge push-button extinguishers were sold in red and white, and with a red or black nozzle. These models were sold primarily for kitchen and personal watercraft applications.
The fire extinguishers, manufactured in the U.S. and Mexico, were sold at Menards, Montgomery Ward, Sears, The Home Depot, Walmart and other department, home and hardware stores nationwide, and online at Amazon.com, ShopKidde.com and other online retailers for between $12 and $50 and for about $200 for model XL 5MR.
These fire extinguishers were also sold with commercial trucks, recreational vehicles, personal watercraft and boats.
What to do
Consumers should immediately 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.
Consumers may contact Kidde toll-free at 855-271-0773 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday, or online at www.kidde.com and click on “Product Safety Recall” for more information.