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Nearly 38 Million Fire Extinguishers Recalled After Malfunction Led to Death & Injuries

Nearly 38 Million Fire Extinguishers Recalled After Malfunction Led to Death & Injuries

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One death and over a dozen injuries have been reported, possibly as a result of a faulty fire extinguisher. The Kidde brand plastic handle fire extinguishers reportedly failed to discharge and in some cases, the nozzles have detached. Nearly 38 million of these units have been sold in the United States with the product being manufactured in the United States and Mexico.

The units were sold at Menards, Montgomery Ward, The Home Depot, Walmart and other departments, home and hardware stores nationwide, and online at Amazon.com, ShopKidde.com and other online retailers for between $12 and $50 and for about $200 for model XL 5MR. These fire extinguishers were also sold with commercial trucks, recreational vehicles, personal watercraft, and boats.

The manufacturer is aware of this problem and is recalling the product and replacing them. The recall involves two styles of Kidde fire extinguishers: plastic handle fire extinguishers and push-button Pindicator fire extinguishers. Plastic handle fire extinguishers: The recall involves 134 models of Kidde fire extinguishers manufactured between January 1, 1973, and August 15, 2017, including models that were previously recalled in March 2009 and February 2015.

The extinguishers were sold in red, white and silver, and are either ABC- or BC-rated. The model number is printed on the fire extinguisher label. For units produced in 2007 and beyond, the date of manufacture is a 10-digit date code printed on the side of the cylinder, near the bottom.  Digits five through nine represent the day and year of manufacture in DDDYY format. Date codes for recalled models manufactured from January 2, 2012, through August 15, 2017, are 00212 through 22717.  For units produced before 2007, a date code is not printed on the fire extinguisher.

Push-button Pindicator fire extinguishers: The recall involves eight models of Kidde Pindicator fire extinguishers manufactured between August 11, 1995, and September 22, 2017. The no-gauge push-button extinguishers were sold in red and white, and with a red or black nozzle. These models were sold primarily for kitchen and personal watercraft applications.

Plastic-handle models produced between January 1, 1973 and October 25, 2015
2A40BC Gillette TPS-1 1A10BC Sams SM 340
6 RAP Home 10BC Sanford 1A10BC
6 TAP Home 1A10BC Sanford 2A40BC
Ademco 720 1A10BC Home 2A40BC Sanford TPS-1 1A10BC
Ademco 722 2A40BC Home H-10 10BC Sanford TPS-1 2A40BC
ADT 3A40BC Home H-110 1A10BC Sears 2RPS   5BC
All Purpose 2A40BC Home H-240 2A-40BC Sears 58033 10BC
Bicentenial RPS-2  10BC Honeywell 1A10BC Sears 58043 1A10BC
Bicentenial TPS-2  1A-10BC Honeywell TPS-1 1A10BC Sears 5805  2A40BC
Costco 340 J.L. 2A40BC Sears 958034
FA 340HD J.L. TPS-1 2A40BC Sears 958044
FA240HD Kadet 2RPS-1   5BC Sears 958054
FC 340Z Kidde 10BC Sears 958075
FC Super Kidde 1A10BC Sears RPS-1 10BC
FC210R-C8S Kidde 2A40BC Sears TPS-1  1A10BC
Fire Away 10BC Spanish Kidde 40BC Sears TPS-1 2A40BC
Fire Away 1A10BC Spanish Kidde RPS-1 10BC Traveler 10BC
Fire Away 2A40BC Spanish Kidde RPS-1 40BC Traveler 1A10BC
Fireaway 10 (F-10) Kidde TPS-1 1A10BC Traveler 2A40BC
Fireaway 10BC Kidde TPS-1 2A40BC Traveler T-10 10BC
Fireaway 110 (F-110) KX 2-1/2 TCZ Traveler T-110 1A10BC
Fireaway 1A10BC Mariner 10BC Traveler T-240 2A40BC
Fireaway 240 (F-240) Mariner 1A10BC Volunteer 1A10BC
Fireaway 2A40BC Mariner 2A40BC Volunteer TPS-V 1A10BC
Force 9 2A40BC Mariner M-10  10BC XL 2.5 TCZ
FS 340Z Mariner M-110 1A10BC XL 2.5 TCZ-3
Fuller 420  1A10BC Mariner M-240 2A40BC XL 2.5 TCZ-4
Fuller Brush 420 1A10BC Master Protection 2A40BC XL 2.75 RZ
FX210 Montgomery Ward 10BC XL 2.75 RZ-3
FX210R Montgomery Ward 1A-10BC XL 2-3/4 RZ
FX210W Montgomery Ward 8627 1A10BC XL 340HD
FX340GW Montgomery Ward 8637  10BC XL 4 TXZ
FX340GW-2 Quell 10BC XL 5 PK
FX340H Quell 1A10BC XL 5 TCZ
FX340SC Quell RPS-1 10BC XL 5 TCZ-1
FX340SC-2 Quell TPS-1 1A10BC XL5 MR
Gillette 1A10BC Quell ZRPS  5BC XL 6 RZ

 

Plastic-handle models with date codes between January 2, 2012 and August 15, 2017
AUTO FX5 II-1 FC5 M10G
FA10G FS10 M10GM
FA10T FS110 M110G
FA110G FS5 M110GM
FA5-1 FX10K M5G
FA5G FX5 II M5GM
FC10 H110G RESSP
FC110 H5G

 

Push Button Pindicator Models manufactured between  August 11, 1995 and September 22, 2017
KK2 M5PM
100D AUTO 5FX
210D AUTO 5FX-1
M5P FF 210D-1

One death occurred in 2014, which involved a car fire following a crash. Emergency responders attempted to use one of the recalled Kidde fire extinguishers but were unable to get it to work. There have been approximately 391 reports of failed or limited activation or nozzle detachment, including the fatality, approximately 16 injuries, including smoke inhalation and minor burns, and approximately 91 reports of property damage.

Consumers should immediately contact Kidde to request a free replacement fire extinguisher and for instructions on returning the recalled unit, as it may not work properly in a fire emergency.

This recall includes fire extinguisher models that were previously recalled in March 2009 and February 2015. Kidde branded fire extinguishers included in these previously announced recalls should also be replaced. All affected model numbers are listed in the charts above.

Those who have purchased the recalled product should call Kidde toll-free at 855-271-0773 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday, or online atwww.kidde.com and click on “Product Safety Recall” for more information.

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