Kidde Recalls 38 Million Fire Extinguishers

Today a massive fire extinguisher recall occurred.

Erika Edwards reports for NBC:
The Kidde Company is recalling 38-million of their devices because they might not work in an emergency.

They are in millions of homes as a precaution and serve as extinguishers ready to tackle small household fires.

But now, they may be worthless.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a recall of nearly 38 million fire extinguishers made by North Carolina-based Kidde.

The problem is the plastic handle on 134 Kidde models. The nozzle can get clogged or detach completely.

Sixteen people have been burned or breathed in too much smoke while trying to use the devices.

One man in Pennsylvania died in a car fire following a crash.

Emergency crews couldn't get the extinguisher to work.

Not all of the models with plastic handles are covered in the recall, but many are.

Kidde will replace all of the recalled extinguishers for free; proof of purchase is not required.

Chairman for the Consumer Product Safety Commission Ann Marie Buerkle said, “The new extinguisher will have a metal handle on it, and all of those problems -- our scientists, and our staff believe have been addressed in this new design."

Kidde asked stores to stop selling the recalled models last month.
A statement from Kidde reads in part: "customer safety is our first priority."

Visit the company website for information on how to get a new extinguisher and return a defective one. or