37.8 million Kidde fire extinguishers recalled; one death reported

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Almost 38 million Kiddie fire extinguishers with plastic handles are being recalled because they may not work in emergencies or the nozzles can detach, and one death has already been reported because of it.

Almost 40 million fire extinguishers in the U.S. and Canada have been recalled, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). A massive recall has been issued for fire extinguishers that might not work during an emergency.

The recall involves 134 models made between January 1, 1973 and August 15, 2007 and includes models that were previously recalled in 2009 and 2015. Nozzles can also pop off "with enough force to become "a risky projectile", according to CBS News".

The extinguishers are sold online and at The Home Depot, Walmart, Sears and other stores.

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The push-button pindicator fire extinguishers were sold in red and white, and with a red or black nozzle, primarily for kitchen and personal watercraft applications. No proof of purchase is required, however, a model number, year of manufacture, and the unit's date code and serial number must be provided. They were manufactured between August 11, 1995 and September 22, 2017.

McMullen says Kidde's huge market share makes the recall worrisome.

A faulty Kidde extinguisher may have played a role in the death of 22-year-old Brendan Rosko in a vehicle wreck in Pennsylvania in August 2014. "If you attack a fire thinking you're going to put it out with a defective fire extinguisher and it doesn't work you put yourself in harm's way".

Kidde will replace defective extinguishers for free with new ones made with metal parts. Sixteen of those incidents resulted in injuries, including burns and smoke inhalation, the CPSC said.

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