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Kidde Fire Extinguisher Recall 2017

Fire Extinguishers

Kidde, a popular and reliable fire protection brand, has voluntarily recalled certain fire extinguisher models in response to reported malfunctions. If you have any Kidde fire extinguishers, check them now to see if the recall applies to the products you rely on for fire protection.

Reasons for the Kidde Recall

It has come to the manufacturer’s attention that particular fire extinguisher models with plastic handles may fail to discharge correctly because they become clogged, requiring excessive force to use or failing to discharge at all during an emergency. The nozzle may also detach with enough power to injure a bystander on impact.

The recall is based on 391 reports of failed or limited discharge or nozzle detachment resulting in 91 incidents of property damage, 16 injuries, and one fatality, which occurred in 2014 when emergency responders were unable to put out a car fire with a recalled Kidde extinguisher. Kidde announced the recall on November 2, 2017.

Which Kidde Fire Extinguishers Are Affected?

About 37.8 million units in the US, 2.7 million units in Canada, and 7,000 units in Mexico could be unsafe to use based on reports Kidde has received. This recall also applies to models that were previously withdrawn in March 2009 and February 2015.

The most recent Kidde recall applies to two styles of fire extinguishers:

  • Plastic handle extinguishers: 134 models of Kidde fire extinguishers manufactured between 1973 and 2017 have plastic handles and may demonstrate the problems listed above. Affected models may be red, white, or silver and rated as either ABC or BC extinguishers. Check the model number on the side of the cylinder and compare it to the chart of recalled models on the Consumer Product Safety Commission website.
  • Push-button Pindicator extinguishers: The recall also applies to eight models of Pindicator extinguishers manufactured between 1995 and 2017. These are no-gauge push-button models in red and white canisters with red or black nozzles used primarily as kitchen and personal boat extinguishers. You can find the exact models on the CPSC website as well.

Prior to the recall announcement, these models were sold at various outlets, including:

  • Menards
  • Montgomery Ward
  • Sears
  • The Home Depot
  • Walmart
  • Other department, home, and hardware stores
  • Other online retailers

How to Remedy the Problem

Kidde is recommending that consumers replace all affected extinguishers because they may not work properly in a fire emergency. As an authorized dealer for Kidde fire protection equipment, Confires is the perfect source for replacement fire extinguishers. We’ll supply you with a safe version from Kidde, or we can install a replacement extinguisher from another brand. We can also assist with safely disposing of the recalled unit.

Fire Extinguisher Sales in New Jersey, Delaware & Philadelphia

At Confires, we have over 30 years of experience delivering quality fire extinguisher sales to our customers in New Jersey, Delaware, and Philadelphia.

If your existing extinguishers are affected by the Kidde recall, please contact us at 888-228-0917 and we’ll help restore fire safety in your home or business.