Millions of Fire Extinguishers Recalled After Death Reported

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The commission says the extinguishers can become clogged or can fail to activate in an emergency.

The CPSC points to the death of a person in 2014 who died after his auto crashed and burned. "In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard", the announcement said.

There have been 391 reports of failed activation, including one report of a fatality, 16 injuries including smoke inhalation and burns, as well as 91 reports of property damage.

They were sold at Menards, Montgomery Ward, Sears, Home Depot, Wal-Mart and other home and hardware stores, as well as on Amazon.com, ShopKidde.com and assorted online retailers. After Rosko's auto struck a tree and burst into flames, emergency responders first tried to use fire extinguishers to put out the fire but they didn't work, according to the CPSC. His family received a settlement from Kidde.

The recall also covers 134 plastic handle and push-button "Pindicator" models manufactured between 1995 and 2017, the agency said in a recall notice.




Check your pantry, under the sink, in the garage, or anywhere you have stored a fire extinguisher after one company has recalled more than 37 million devices.

If Kidde determines that you have an affected model, the company says it will send you a replacement within 10 to 15 business days. "You can find the model number and serial number on the unit's label".

For units produced in 2007 and beyond, the date of manufacture is a 10-digit code printed on the side of the cylinder, near the bottom.

A statement from Kidde reads in part: "customer safety is our first priority". Fire extinguishers included in these previously announced recalls should also be replaced.

Ann Marie Buerkle, acting chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, told CNN the agency is using print and radio ads and social media to spread the word about the recall.

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