The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a warning for more than 40 million Kidde fire extinguishers manufactured between 1973 and August 15, 2017. Kidde has launched a recall of potentially defective extinguishers.
“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 extinguishers were sold in the US and Canada. Kidde said it would replace the extinguishers. CPSC says there have been approximately 391 reports of failed or limited activation or nozzle detachment, including one fatality; approximately 16 injuries, including smoke inhalation and minor burns; and approximately 91 reports of property damage. This is a link to the recall website.