Kidde is recalling more than 40 million fire extinguishers with plastic handles, including some that were sold 44 years ago. The Consumer Product Safety Commission says the extinguishers can become clogged and can even fail to operate in an emergency. So far, there has been one death reported due to a Kidde extinguisher that failed in a car fire, plus 16 injuries, 91 reports of property damage and 391 reports of the extinguishers either not working at all or not working properly.
The recall affects 134 models made from as far back as 1973 and as recently as this past August. The units involved have a plastic handle or plastic push button; extinguishers with a metal handle or valve assembly are not included in the recall. The extinguishers were sold under dozens of different brand names, and came in red, silver and white colors. Some were sold with boats, trucks, RVs and PWCs. Kidde is offering free replacements to owners of the recalled units.
Read the story below from Consumer Reports to find out what to do.