Mas­sive re­call im­pacts fire ex­tin­guish­ers

If you own one, check it – 38 mil­lion de­vices have been re­called


If you have a fire ex­tin­guisher in your home (and we hope you do!), there’s a mas­sive re­call un­der­way that should be on your radar.

Man­u­fac­turer Kidde is re­call­ing al­most 38 mil­lion fire ex­tin­guish­ers, which may not work dur­ing an emer­gency if they be­come clogged and re­quire a lot of force to use, the U.S. Fire Ad­min­is­tra­tion (USFA) re­ports. Also, the noz­zle can come off with enough force to strike and in­jure some­one, the USFA notes. In fact, the sit­u­a­tion has been linked to at least one death, when emer­gency re­spon­ders could not get the ex­tin­guish­ers to work, the USFA re­ports, and there have been al­most 400 ad­di­tional re­ports of prob­lems linked to the fire ex­tin­guish­ers.

The re­call is ex­ten­sive, af­fect­ing nearly 38 mil­lion de­vices sold be­tween 1973 and 2017.

The re­call in­volves plas­tic han­dle fire ex­tin­guish­ers and push-but­ton Pindi­ca­tor fire ex­tin­guish­ers.

The plas­tic han­dle de­vices in­clude 134 mod­els that were man­u­fac­tured be­tween Jan. 1, 1973, and Aug. 15, 2017, and were sold in red, white and silver.

The push-but­ton Pindi­ca­tor fire ex­tin­guish­ers in­clude eight mod­els sold be­tween Aug. 11, 1995, and Sept. 22, 2017. These no-gauge push-but­ton ex­tin­guish­ers were sold in red and white, and with a red or black noz­zle, pri­mar­ily for kitchen and per­sonal wa­ter­craft us­age.

The de­vices were sold at Sears, Home De­pot, Wal­mart and other stores, as well as on­line at out­lets in­clud­ing Ama­zon and They were also sold with com­mer­cial trucks, recre­ational ve­hi­cles, boats and per­sonal wa­ter­craft.

For­tu­nately, this re­call is an easy one for con­sumers to rem­edy. Visit and click on “Prod­uct Safety Re­call” to find out if your fire ex­tin­guisher is one of the re­called ones. You’ll need your de­vice handy, to find the model num­ber, se­rial num­ber and date code (and the web­site will walk you through where to find this in­for­ma­tion). If your de­vice qual­i­fies, Kidde will ship you a re­place­ment — free of charge. And if you have ques­tions, call 855-271-0773 to speak to a Kidde rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

Fire ex­tin­guish­ers can save lives, and are a crit­i­cal tool in keep­ing fam­i­lies and homes safe. Check your fire ex­tin­guisher. The process is an easy one, and if your de­vice is im­pacted, let Kidde know for a re­place­ment.


Movie pro­duc­ers, Hol­ly­wood ac­tors and elected politi­cians, please keep your hands and your com­ments to your­self!

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