More than 37.8 million fire extinguishers are being recalled because they may fail to activate during a fire. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
(Meredith) -- More than 37.8 million Kidde fire extinguishers are being recalled because they may fail to activate during a fire, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
The fire extinguishers may become clogged or require excessive force to discharge. In addition, the nozzle may detach with enough force to seriously hurt someone. At least one death and 16 injuries have been linked to the faulty extinguishers.
The recall covers 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. They were sold in red, white and silver, and are either ABC- or BC-rated. The model number is printed on the fire extinguisher label.
These extinguishers were sold at Menards, Montgomery Ward, Sears, The Home Depot, Walmart, Amazon.com, among other online retailers and department stores. Some were also sold with commercial trucks, recreational vehicles, and boats.
In 2014, a person died in a car fire after emergency responders could not get the recalled Kidde fire extinguishers to work. There have been approximately 391 reports of failed or limited activation or nozzle detachment, approximately 16 injuries, 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.
The company has set up a hotline at 855-271-0773, which is available from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday. Customers can also visit www.kidde.com and click on “Product Safety Recall” for more information.
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