Recent reports indicate as many as 40 million extinguishers, some sold almost 4 decades ago, have been recalled for potential problems related to operation. The extinguishers, made by Kidde from 1973 to Aug. 15, 2017 have the potential to "clog" and fail to spray when needed according a report released by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. This recall includes extinguishers from a previous recall in March 2009 and February 2015. The problems are related to popular ABC and BC models sold and marketed for residential applications, commercial trucks and recreational vehicles and boats.
With the "clogging" problem, and the contents being under pressure, the nozzle has the potential to come off with enough force to cause injury. According to the report, there have been 391 reports of extinguishers failing to operate causing 16 injuries and one related death. Furthermore, 91 reports of property damage have been reported linked to the problem.
The recalled extinguishers were sold in a variety of locations including Menards, Sears, Home Depot and Wal-Mart as well as in many hardware stores and online retailers such as Amazon.
Owners can contact Kidde to inquire about extinguishers that may be included in the recall and ask for a free replacement. Have the extinguisher handy when calling as a serial number and/or date code (located on the extinguisher) may be needed to identify problem extinugishers. Kidde can be reached at (855) 271-0773 or online at www.kidde.com