Kidde recalling more than 40 million fire extinguishers

Kidde recalling more than 40 million fire extinguishers
Source: KFDA
Source: KFDA
Source: KFDA
Source: KFDA
Source: KFDA
Source: KFDA

AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - A potential danger may loom inside your house after a popular brand of personal fire extinguisher is being recalled.

On Thursday manufacturer Kidde ordered a recall of more than 40,000,000 personal fire extinguishers after finding some may malfunction.

The recall includes more than 100 different models manufactured between 1973 and 2017.

There are also two different types of extinguishers.

One type features a plastic squeeze handle and the other is a push-button Pindicator.

The company said the plastic handle of certain models break easily, making the extinguisher inoperable.

Another known malfunction is the nozzle of certain extinguishers could break or detach, causing it to be thrown with enough force to create an impact.

Other extinguishers may become clogged or require excessive force to use.

Kiddie extinguishers are sold at home and hardware stores across the nation. They can be found on the shelves of Walmart, Home Depot and can even be purchased online on Amazon.

Certain models of extinguishers also come equipped inside commercial trucks, RVs, and personal watercraft like a boat of jet ski.

Nearly 400 people have reported a fault with the product causing the recall.

391 people reported a fault of some kind; 91 people reported property damage; 16 people received injuries; and at least 1 death is being blamed.

In 2014 a man died in a car fire following a wreck. Reports show emergency responders were not able to get the fire extinguisher to function.

This is not the first time Kidde fire extinguishers have been under recall.

Certain models were recalled back in 2009, and again in 2015.

NewsChannel 10 spoke to both Amarillo Fire and Potter County Fire officials about the recall.

Both agencies reported that they do not use any extinguishers affected by the recall. All of the extinguishers used have metal handles.

If you want to check to see if you have model of fire extinguisher that may be affected click here.

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