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38 Million Fire Extinguishers Recalled, Here’s How to Check Yours

38 Million Fire Extinguishers Recalled, Here’s How to Check Yours

It’s getting close to Thanksgiving, and every year cooks across America accidentally set their kitchens on fire while celebrating, especially if a fried turkey is involved. Before getting started planning their Thanksgiving menus this year, everyone is going to want to check their fire extinguishers. Because 38 million fire extinguishers sold over the course of the past 44 years have been recalled for defective parts, and that could be disastrous in an emergency.

According to The Kitchn, 134 different models of Kidde fire extinguisher have been recalled because the nozzles could get plugged up and not be able to dispense in an emergency.The blocked-up nozzles can even detach from the extinguishers, and fly off with enough force to cause an injury on their own.

This recall is serious business. So far there have been approximately 391 reports of malfunctioning fire extinguishers. Those failures were associated with 16 injuries and 91 reports of property damage. One incident ended in death in 2014, when emergency responders tried to put out a car fire after a crash, but their fire extinguishers didn’t work.

Approximately 37.8 million fire extinguishers in the U.S. are expected to be affected by the recall, and 2.7 million more in Canada. They were manufactured between 1973 and 2017, and they were sold all over the place. Retailers that carried the recalled fire extinguishers include Menards, Kohls, Montgomery Ward, Sears, Home Depot, Walmart, Amazon, and more.

The affected models came in red, white, and silver. They sold for between $12 and $50, and one model sold for $200. They were also sold as safety equipment with trucks, RVs, and boats.

The full list of affected fire extinguishers is available on the Consumer Product Safety Commission website. Anyone in possession of one should contact Kidde for a free replacement fire extinguisher, and should return the recalled one, because it may not work in a fire. A functioning fire extinguisher is an important thing to have, because it’s important to be prepared when handling all the most dangerous things in a kitchen.


Nearly 38 million fire extinguishers recalled

— -- Fire safety manufacturer Kidde is recalling nearly 38 million extinguishers that can clog and fail to deploy, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced today.

Two Kidde fire extinguishers failed in a 2014 car crash that killed a 22-year-old Pennsylvania man, the CSPC said.

The man, Brendan Rosko, died more than three years ago, when his car hit a tree and burst into flames on the side of King Road in Malvern, Pennsylvania.

First responders, who arrived moments later, unsuccessfully attempted to quell the blaze with two Kidde extinguishers, both of which malfunctioned, according to the CPSC.

Kidde extinguishers with plastic handles can become clogged, "require excessive force to discharge" or even "fail to activate" during a fire emergency, according to CPSC.

The agency says it has received reports of 16 injuries, from smoke inhalation to minor burns, and 91 cases of property damages associated with the defect.

"Those fire extinguishers can have a problem and it may get clogged or it may just not deploy," CPSC acting Chair Ann Marie Buerkle told ABC News. "The purpose of the recall is to alert the consumers that there is a very easy fix."

Consumers should check their model number against the CPSC's list and call Kidde at 855-271-0773 for a free replacement with a metal handle.

The company told ABC News "customer safety is our first priority" and pledged to replace the affected units "as quickly as possible."


Nearly 38 million fire extinguishers recalled

— -- Fire safety manufacturer Kidde is recalling nearly 38 million extinguishers that can clog and fail to deploy, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced today.

Two Kidde fire extinguishers failed in a 2014 car crash that killed a 22-year-old Pennsylvania man, the CSPC said.

The man, Brendan Rosko, died more than three years ago, when his car hit a tree and burst into flames on the side of King Road in Malvern, Pennsylvania.

First responders, who arrived moments later, unsuccessfully attempted to quell the blaze with two Kidde extinguishers, both of which malfunctioned, according to the CPSC.

Kidde extinguishers with plastic handles can become clogged, "require excessive force to discharge" or even "fail to activate" during a fire emergency, according to CPSC.

The agency says it has received reports of 16 injuries, from smoke inhalation to minor burns, and 91 cases of property damages associated with the defect.

"Those fire extinguishers can have a problem and it may get clogged or it may just not deploy," CPSC acting Chair Ann Marie Buerkle told ABC News. "The purpose of the recall is to alert the consumers that there is a very easy fix."

Consumers should check their model number against the CPSC's list and call Kidde at 855-271-0773 for a free replacement with a metal handle.

The company told ABC News "customer safety is our first priority" and pledged to replace the affected units "as quickly as possible."


Nearly 38 million fire extinguishers recalled

— -- Fire safety manufacturer Kidde is recalling nearly 38 million extinguishers that can clog and fail to deploy, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced today.

Two Kidde fire extinguishers failed in a 2014 car crash that killed a 22-year-old Pennsylvania man, the CSPC said.

The man, Brendan Rosko, died more than three years ago, when his car hit a tree and burst into flames on the side of King Road in Malvern, Pennsylvania.

First responders, who arrived moments later, unsuccessfully attempted to quell the blaze with two Kidde extinguishers, both of which malfunctioned, according to the CPSC.

Kidde extinguishers with plastic handles can become clogged, "require excessive force to discharge" or even "fail to activate" during a fire emergency, according to CPSC.

The agency says it has received reports of 16 injuries, from smoke inhalation to minor burns, and 91 cases of property damages associated with the defect.

"Those fire extinguishers can have a problem and it may get clogged or it may just not deploy," CPSC acting Chair Ann Marie Buerkle told ABC News. "The purpose of the recall is to alert the consumers that there is a very easy fix."

Consumers should check their model number against the CPSC's list and call Kidde at 855-271-0773 for a free replacement with a metal handle.

The company told ABC News "customer safety is our first priority" and pledged to replace the affected units "as quickly as possible."


Nearly 38 million fire extinguishers recalled

— -- Fire safety manufacturer Kidde is recalling nearly 38 million extinguishers that can clog and fail to deploy, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced today.

Two Kidde fire extinguishers failed in a 2014 car crash that killed a 22-year-old Pennsylvania man, the CSPC said.

The man, Brendan Rosko, died more than three years ago, when his car hit a tree and burst into flames on the side of King Road in Malvern, Pennsylvania.

First responders, who arrived moments later, unsuccessfully attempted to quell the blaze with two Kidde extinguishers, both of which malfunctioned, according to the CPSC.

Kidde extinguishers with plastic handles can become clogged, "require excessive force to discharge" or even "fail to activate" during a fire emergency, according to CPSC.

The agency says it has received reports of 16 injuries, from smoke inhalation to minor burns, and 91 cases of property damages associated with the defect.

"Those fire extinguishers can have a problem and it may get clogged or it may just not deploy," CPSC acting Chair Ann Marie Buerkle told ABC News. "The purpose of the recall is to alert the consumers that there is a very easy fix."

Consumers should check their model number against the CPSC's list and call Kidde at 855-271-0773 for a free replacement with a metal handle.

The company told ABC News "customer safety is our first priority" and pledged to replace the affected units "as quickly as possible."


Nearly 38 million fire extinguishers recalled

— -- Fire safety manufacturer Kidde is recalling nearly 38 million extinguishers that can clog and fail to deploy, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced today.

Two Kidde fire extinguishers failed in a 2014 car crash that killed a 22-year-old Pennsylvania man, the CSPC said.

The man, Brendan Rosko, died more than three years ago, when his car hit a tree and burst into flames on the side of King Road in Malvern, Pennsylvania.

First responders, who arrived moments later, unsuccessfully attempted to quell the blaze with two Kidde extinguishers, both of which malfunctioned, according to the CPSC.

Kidde extinguishers with plastic handles can become clogged, "require excessive force to discharge" or even "fail to activate" during a fire emergency, according to CPSC.

The agency says it has received reports of 16 injuries, from smoke inhalation to minor burns, and 91 cases of property damages associated with the defect.

"Those fire extinguishers can have a problem and it may get clogged or it may just not deploy," CPSC acting Chair Ann Marie Buerkle told ABC News. "The purpose of the recall is to alert the consumers that there is a very easy fix."

Consumers should check their model number against the CPSC's list and call Kidde at 855-271-0773 for a free replacement with a metal handle.

The company told ABC News "customer safety is our first priority" and pledged to replace the affected units "as quickly as possible."


Nearly 38 million fire extinguishers recalled

— -- Fire safety manufacturer Kidde is recalling nearly 38 million extinguishers that can clog and fail to deploy, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced today.

Two Kidde fire extinguishers failed in a 2014 car crash that killed a 22-year-old Pennsylvania man, the CSPC said.

The man, Brendan Rosko, died more than three years ago, when his car hit a tree and burst into flames on the side of King Road in Malvern, Pennsylvania.

First responders, who arrived moments later, unsuccessfully attempted to quell the blaze with two Kidde extinguishers, both of which malfunctioned, according to the CPSC.

Kidde extinguishers with plastic handles can become clogged, "require excessive force to discharge" or even "fail to activate" during a fire emergency, according to CPSC.

The agency says it has received reports of 16 injuries, from smoke inhalation to minor burns, and 91 cases of property damages associated with the defect.

"Those fire extinguishers can have a problem and it may get clogged or it may just not deploy," CPSC acting Chair Ann Marie Buerkle told ABC News. "The purpose of the recall is to alert the consumers that there is a very easy fix."

Consumers should check their model number against the CPSC's list and call Kidde at 855-271-0773 for a free replacement with a metal handle.

The company told ABC News "customer safety is our first priority" and pledged to replace the affected units "as quickly as possible."


Nearly 38 million fire extinguishers recalled

— -- Fire safety manufacturer Kidde is recalling nearly 38 million extinguishers that can clog and fail to deploy, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced today.

Two Kidde fire extinguishers failed in a 2014 car crash that killed a 22-year-old Pennsylvania man, the CSPC said.

The man, Brendan Rosko, died more than three years ago, when his car hit a tree and burst into flames on the side of King Road in Malvern, Pennsylvania.

First responders, who arrived moments later, unsuccessfully attempted to quell the blaze with two Kidde extinguishers, both of which malfunctioned, according to the CPSC.

Kidde extinguishers with plastic handles can become clogged, "require excessive force to discharge" or even "fail to activate" during a fire emergency, according to CPSC.

The agency says it has received reports of 16 injuries, from smoke inhalation to minor burns, and 91 cases of property damages associated with the defect.

"Those fire extinguishers can have a problem and it may get clogged or it may just not deploy," CPSC acting Chair Ann Marie Buerkle told ABC News. "The purpose of the recall is to alert the consumers that there is a very easy fix."

Consumers should check their model number against the CPSC's list and call Kidde at 855-271-0773 for a free replacement with a metal handle.

The company told ABC News "customer safety is our first priority" and pledged to replace the affected units "as quickly as possible."


Nearly 38 million fire extinguishers recalled

— -- Fire safety manufacturer Kidde is recalling nearly 38 million extinguishers that can clog and fail to deploy, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced today.

Two Kidde fire extinguishers failed in a 2014 car crash that killed a 22-year-old Pennsylvania man, the CSPC said.

The man, Brendan Rosko, died more than three years ago, when his car hit a tree and burst into flames on the side of King Road in Malvern, Pennsylvania.

First responders, who arrived moments later, unsuccessfully attempted to quell the blaze with two Kidde extinguishers, both of which malfunctioned, according to the CPSC.

Kidde extinguishers with plastic handles can become clogged, "require excessive force to discharge" or even "fail to activate" during a fire emergency, according to CPSC.

The agency says it has received reports of 16 injuries, from smoke inhalation to minor burns, and 91 cases of property damages associated with the defect.

"Those fire extinguishers can have a problem and it may get clogged or it may just not deploy," CPSC acting Chair Ann Marie Buerkle told ABC News. "The purpose of the recall is to alert the consumers that there is a very easy fix."

Consumers should check their model number against the CPSC's list and call Kidde at 855-271-0773 for a free replacement with a metal handle.

The company told ABC News "customer safety is our first priority" and pledged to replace the affected units "as quickly as possible."


Nearly 38 million fire extinguishers recalled

— -- Fire safety manufacturer Kidde is recalling nearly 38 million extinguishers that can clog and fail to deploy, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced today.

Two Kidde fire extinguishers failed in a 2014 car crash that killed a 22-year-old Pennsylvania man, the CSPC said.

The man, Brendan Rosko, died more than three years ago, when his car hit a tree and burst into flames on the side of King Road in Malvern, Pennsylvania.

First responders, who arrived moments later, unsuccessfully attempted to quell the blaze with two Kidde extinguishers, both of which malfunctioned, according to the CPSC.

Kidde extinguishers with plastic handles can become clogged, "require excessive force to discharge" or even "fail to activate" during a fire emergency, according to CPSC.

The agency says it has received reports of 16 injuries, from smoke inhalation to minor burns, and 91 cases of property damages associated with the defect.

"Those fire extinguishers can have a problem and it may get clogged or it may just not deploy," CPSC acting Chair Ann Marie Buerkle told ABC News. "The purpose of the recall is to alert the consumers that there is a very easy fix."

Consumers should check their model number against the CPSC's list and call Kidde at 855-271-0773 for a free replacement with a metal handle.

The company told ABC News "customer safety is our first priority" and pledged to replace the affected units "as quickly as possible."


Nearly 38 million fire extinguishers recalled

— -- Fire safety manufacturer Kidde is recalling nearly 38 million extinguishers that can clog and fail to deploy, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced today.

Two Kidde fire extinguishers failed in a 2014 car crash that killed a 22-year-old Pennsylvania man, the CSPC said.

The man, Brendan Rosko, died more than three years ago, when his car hit a tree and burst into flames on the side of King Road in Malvern, Pennsylvania.

First responders, who arrived moments later, unsuccessfully attempted to quell the blaze with two Kidde extinguishers, both of which malfunctioned, according to the CPSC.

Kidde extinguishers with plastic handles can become clogged, "require excessive force to discharge" or even "fail to activate" during a fire emergency, according to CPSC.

The agency says it has received reports of 16 injuries, from smoke inhalation to minor burns, and 91 cases of property damages associated with the defect.

"Those fire extinguishers can have a problem and it may get clogged or it may just not deploy," CPSC acting Chair Ann Marie Buerkle told ABC News. "The purpose of the recall is to alert the consumers that there is a very easy fix."

Consumers should check their model number against the CPSC's list and call Kidde at 855-271-0773 for a free replacement with a metal handle.

The company told ABC News "customer safety is our first priority" and pledged to replace the affected units "as quickly as possible."


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