Nearly 40 million fire extinguishers recalled due to possible discharge failure

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WCMH) — About 40 million Kidde fire extinguishers are being recalled because they could possible fail to discharge or the nozzle could detach.

According to the CPSC, one person’s death was attributed to a fire extinguisher failure, when emergency responders could not get the recalled Kidde fire extinguishers to work during a car fire.

About 37.8 million of the extinguishers in the United States and another 2.7 million in Canada are affected by the recall which involves 134 models of Kidde fire extinguishers manufactured between January 1, 1973 and August 15, 2017, including models that were previously recalled in March 2009 and February 2015.

The extinguishers were sold in red, white and silver, and are either ABC- or BC-rated. The model number is printed on the fire extinguisher label. For units produced in 2007 and beyond, the date of manufacture is a 10-digit date code printed on the side of the cylinder, near the bottom.  Digits five through nine represent the day and year of manufacture in DDDYY format. Date codes for recalled models manufactured from January 2, 2012 through August 15, 2017 are 00212 through 22717.  For units produced before 2007, a date code is not printed on the fire extinguisher.

Plastic-handle models produced between January 1, 1973 and October 25, 2015
2A40BCGillette TPS-1 1A10BCSams SM 340
6 RAPHome 10BCSanford 1A10BC
6 TAPHome 1A10BCSanford 2A40BC
Ademco 720 1A10BCHome 2A40BCSanford TPS-1 1A10BC
Ademco 722 2A40BCHome H-10 10BCSanford TPS-1 2A40BC
ADT 3A40BCHome H-110 1A10BCSears 2RPS   5BC
All Purpose 2A40BCHome H-240 2A-40BCSears 58033 10BC
Bicentenial RPS-2  10BCHoneywell 1A10BCSears 58043 1A10BC
Bicentenial TPS-2  1A-10BCHoneywell TPS-1 1A10BCSears 5805  2A40BC
Costco 340J.L. 2A40BCSears 958034
FA 340HDJ.L. TPS-1 2A40BCSears 958044
FA240HDKadet 2RPS-1   5BCSears 958054
FC 340ZKidde 10BCSears 958075
FC SuperKidde 1A10BCSears RPS-1 10BC
FC210R-C8SKidde 2A40BCSears TPS-1  1A10BC
Fire Away 10BC SpanishKidde 40BCSears TPS-1 2A40BC
Fire Away 1A10BC SpanishKidde RPS-1 10BCTraveler 10BC
Fire Away 2A40BC SpanishKidde RPS-1 40BCTraveler 1A10BC
Fireaway 10 (F-10)Kidde TPS-1 1A10BCTraveler 2A40BC
Fireaway 10BCKidde TPS-1 2A40BCTraveler T-10 10BC
Fireaway 110 (F-110)KX 2-1/2 TCZTraveler T-110 1A10BC
Fireaway 1A10BCMariner 10BCTraveler T-240 2A40BC
Fireaway 240 (F-240)Mariner 1A10BCVolunteer 1A10BC
Fireaway 2A40BCMariner 2A40BCVolunteer TPS-V 1A10BC
Force 9 2A40BCMariner M-10  10BCXL 2.5 TCZ
FS 340ZMariner M-110 1A10BCXL 2.5 TCZ-3
Fuller 420  1A10BCMariner M-240 2A40BCXL 2.5 TCZ-4
Fuller Brush 420 1A10BCMaster Protection 2A40BCXL 2.75 RZ
FX210Montgomery Ward 10BCXL 2.75 RZ-3
FX210RMontgomery Ward 1A-10BCXL 2-3/4 RZ
FX210WMontgomery Ward 8627 1A10BCXL 340HD
FX340GWMontgomery Ward 8637  10BCXL 4 TXZ
FX340GW-2Quell 10BCXL 5 PK
FX340HQuell 1A10BCXL 5 TCZ
FX340SCQuell RPS-1 10BCXL 5 TCZ-1
FX340SC-2Quell TPS-1 1A10BCXL5 MR
Gillette 1A10BCQuell ZRPS  5BCXL 6 RZ
 
Plastic-handle models with date codes between January 2, 2012 and August 15, 2017
AUTO FX5 II-1FC5M10G
FA10GFS10M10GM
FA10TFS110M110G
FA110GFS5M110GM
FA5-1FX10KM5G
FA5GFX5 IIM5GM
FC10H110GRESSP
FC110H5G

Push-button Pindicator fire extinguishers: The recall involves eight models of Kidde Pindicator fire extinguishers manufactured between August 11, 1995 and September 22, 2017. The no-gauge push-button extinguishers were sold in red and white, and with a red or black nozzle. These models were sold primarily for kitchen and personal watercraft applications.

Push Button Pindicator Models manufactured between  August 11, 1995 and September 22, 2017
KK2M5PM
100DAUTO 5FX
210DAUTO 5FX-1
M5PFF 210D-1
The fire extinguishers were sold at Menards, Montgomery Ward, Sears, The Home Depot, Walmart and other department, home and hardware stores nationwide, and online at Amazon.com, ShopKidde.com and other online retailers for between $12 and $50 and for about $200 for model XL 5MR. These fire extinguishers were also sold with commercial trucks, recreational vehicles, personal watercraft and boats.
Consumers should immediately contact Kidde to request a free replacement fire extinguisher and for instructions on returning the recalled unit, as it may not work properly in a fire emergency.

The Columbus Division of Fire says fire inspectors will be on the lookout for recalled fire extinguishers while performing routine annual building inspections.

The Fire Prevention Bureau is encouraging all businesses to be proactive by checking their own extinguishers and not necessarily waiting for an inspector to arrive.

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