Published: Fri, November 03, 2017
Health Care | By Alberto Manning

37 million fire extinguishers recalled

37 million fire extinguishers recalled

Nozzles can also pop off "with enough force to become "a unsafe projectile", according to CBS News".

Some commercial trucks, RVs and boats came with the fire extinguishers also.

They were sold at every kind of store, from 20th century brick-and-mortar stalwarts such as Montgomery Ward and Sears to big boxes such as Walmart and The Home Depot to online retailers such as Amazon.com and ShopKidde.com.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of more than 40 million Kidde disposable fire extinguishers Thursday, saying they may malfunction during an emergency.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued an alert regarding the fire safety manufacturers fire extinguishers, which can clog and fail to deploy, according to the agency.

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"You're better off to have no fire extinguisher than a defective fire extinguisher", former California chief fire marshal James McMullen told CBS News.

The recall involves 134 models, both plastic handle and push-button Pindicator fire extinguishers, manufactured by US company Kidde Corporation between January 1, 1973, and August 15, 2017. No injuries had resulted from those malfunctions at the time of the recalls.

The company is aware of one death in 2014 involving the recalled Kidde fire extinguishers. The company set up a hotline at 855-271-0773.

Kidde will replace all of the recalled extinguishers for free; proof of purchase is not required. The new extinguishers contain metal parts instead of plastic. It includes extinguishers that had been previously recalled as well.

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