Fire Extinguishers Recalled Due to Failure to Activate

Nov 6, 2017

Recalled Kidde Fire Extinguishers
Credit Kidde

Following a recall issued last week, Missouri’s fire marshal wants you to check your fire extinguishers.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled almost 38 million Kidde brand fire extinguishers.  Two styles are part of the recall:  plastic handle fire extinguishers and push-button Pindicator fire extinguishers, representing 134 different models, manufactured between 1973 and August 15, 2017.

The Kidde fire extinguishers were sold in red, white and silver and are either ABC or BC-rated. The recall includes models that were previously recalled in March 2009 and February 2015.

The recall notice links one death to a Kidde extinguisher that didn’t work properly for emergency personnel during a car fire in 2014.  CPSC says there have been nearly 400 reports of failures to activate or nozzles detaching with enough force to pose a hazard.

Information on the CPSC recall, including photographs and model numbers, is available here

Consumers can contact Kidde toll-free at 855-271-0773 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekends or online (click on “Product Safety Recall”).

“Fire extinguishers are life-saving devices and among the most important things in your home and vehicles,” State Fire Marshal Tim Bean said. “I urge all Missourians to check all their fire extinguishers so they can be confident they will work when needed. Millions of Kidde brand fire extinguishers are being recalled, and many of them are likely in Missouri.”