RECALL: Fire extinguishers may fail to activate, 1 fatality reported

- A company is recalling nearly 40 million fire extinguishers due to a dangerous malfunction that have led to at least one death according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Kidde is recalling fire extinguishers with plastic handles after it was discovered the extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge, and can fail to activate during an emergency. In addition, the CPSC says the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.

Customers are urged to contact Kidde to request a free replacement fire extinguisher and for instructions on returning the recalled unit.

The 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.

The CPSC says there have been approximately 391 reports of failed or limited activation or nozzle detachment that resulted in approximately 16 injures, 91 reports of property damage, and 1 fatality.

In 2014, emergency personnel responded to a car fire following a crash and could not get their fire extinguishers to work, resulting in a death.

Injuries reported as a result of the malfunction include smoke inhalation and minor burns.

For more information visit the CPSC website: Kidde Recalls Fire Extinguishers with Plastic Handles

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