Published: Thu, November 02, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

37 million fire extinguishers recalled

37 million fire extinguishers recalled

The recall also covers an additional 2.7 million Kidde fire extinguishers in China.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a massive fire extinguisher recall covering almost 38 million Kidde extinguishers.

The CPSC says the extinguisher's plastic handle or push button (also known as a pindicator) can fail, clogging it so no product will come out.

Several models of fire extinguishers produced between January 1, 1973, and August 15, 2017, including models listed in previous recalls, are covered in the recall.

Kidde is recalling fire extinguishers with plastic handles after one death was reported. There is enough force from the nozzle flying off that it can cause damage or injury.

Millions of Kidde fire extinguishers have been recalled after numerous reports of the life-saving equipment failing to work or the nozzle becoming detached, according to federal officials.

One death is reported involving a auto fire following a crash. There have been 391 reports of failed or limited activation or nozzle detachment. Some of those models were the subjects of recalls in 2009 and 2015.

In 2014, Brendan Rosko died in a Pennsylvania vehicle crash after an extinguisher used by first responders malfunctioned.

The recalled units were sold at Menards, Montgomery Ward, Sears, The Home Depot, Walmart and other department, home and hardware stores nationwide, and online at, and other online retailers for between $12 and $50; one model sold for roughly $200.

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