Kidde recalls 37.8 million fire extinguishers after reported death

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Safety brand Kidde recalled 134 models of fire extinguishers, manufactured between 1973 and 2017. 

They issued the recall after a death was reported; the extinguishers with plastic handles can become clogged or difficult to discharge, causing failure in an emergency. Additionally, the nozzle can detach with enough force to become a hazard. 

Consumers with impacted extinguishers should contact Kidde for a free replacement and for instructions on returning the recalled unit. 

The recall impacts 37.8 million US extinguishers. 

Impacted models: 

Description: This recall involves two styles of Kidde fire extinguishers: plastic handle fire extinguishers and push-button Pindicator fire extinguishers.

 

Plastic handle fire extinguishers: The recall 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.

 

Models produced between January 1, 1973 and October 25, 2015

2A40BC

Home 1A10BC

Sanford 2A40BC

6 RAP

Home 2A40BC

Sanford TPS-1 1A10BC

6 TAP

Home H-10 10BC

Sanford TPS-1 2A40BC

Ademco 720 1A10BC

Home H-110 1A10BC

Sears 2RPS   5BC

Ademco 722 2A40BC

Home H-240 2A-40BC

Sears 58033 10BC

ADT 3A40BC

Honeywell 1A10BC

Sears 58043 1A10BC

All Purpose 2A40BC

Honeywell TPS-1 1A10BC

Sears 5805  2A40BC

Bicentennial RPS-2  10BC

J.L. 2A40BC

Sears 958034

Bicentennial TPS-2  1A-10BC

J.L. TPS-1 2A40BC

Sears 958044

Costco 340

Kadet 2RPS-1   5BC

Sears 958054

FA 340HD

Kidde 10BC

Sears 958075

FA240HD

Kidde 1A10BC

Sears RPS-1 10BC

FC 340Z

Kidde 2A40BC

Sears TPS-1  1A10BC

FC Super

Kidde 40BC

Sears TPS-1 2A40BC

FC210R-C8S

Kidde RPS-1 10BC

Traveler 10BC

Fire Away 10BC Spanish

Kidde RPS-1 40BC

Traveler 1A10BC

Fire Away 1A10BC Spanish

Kidde TPS-1 1A10BC

Traveler 2A40BC

Fire Away 2A40BC Spanish

Kidde TPS-1 2A40BC

Traveler T-10 10BC

Fireaway 10 (F-10)

KX 2-1/2 TCZ

Traveler T-110 1A10BC

Fireaway 10BC

Mariner 10BC

Traveler T-240 2A40BC

Fireaway 110 (F-110)

Mariner 1A10BC

Volunteer 1A10BC

Fireaway 1A10BC

Mariner 2A40BC

Volunteer TPS-V 1A10BC

Fireaway 240 (F-240)

Mariner M-10  10BC

XL 2.5 TCZ

Fireaway 2A40BC

Mariner M-110 1A10BC

XL 2.5 TCZ-3

Force 9 2A40BC

Mariner M-240 2A40BC

XL 2.5 TCZ-4

FS 340Z

Master Protection 2A40BC

XL 2.75 RZ

Fuller 420  1A10BC

Montgomery Ward 10BC

XL 2.75 RZ-3

Fuller Brush 420 1A10BC

Montgomery Ward 1A-10BC

XL 2-3/4 RZ

FX210

Montgomery Ward 8627 1A10BC

XL 340HD

FX210R

Montgomery Ward 8637  10BC

XL 4 TXZ

FX210W

Quell 10BC

XL 5 PK

FX340GW

Quell 1A10BC

XL 5 TCZ

FX340H

Quell RPS-1 10BC

XL 5 TCZ-1

FX340SC

Quell TPS-1 1A10BC

XL 5MR

Gillette 1A10BC

Quell ZRPS  5BC

XL 6 RZ 

Gillette TPS-1 1A10BC

Sams SM 340

 

Home 10BC

Sanford 1A10BC

 

 

 

 

Models with date codes between January 2, 2012 and August 15, 2017

AUTO FX5 II-1

FC5

M10G

 

FA10G

FS10

M10GM

 

FA10T

FS110

M110G

 

FA110G

FS5

M110GM

 

FA5-1

FX10K

M5G

 

FA5G

FX5 II

M5GM

 

FC10

H110G

RESSP

 

FC110

H5G

 

 

         

 

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

KK2

M5PM

100D

AUTO 5FX

210D

AUTO 5FX-1

M5P

FF 210D-1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Incidents/Injuries: The firm is aware of the August 2014 death of a 22-year-old Pennsylvania man who was involved in a car fire following a crash. Emergency responders could not get the recalled Kidde fire extinguishers to work. There have been approximately 391 reports of failed or limited activation or nozzle detachment, including the fatality, 16 injuries including smoke inhalation and minor burns, and 91 reports of property damage.  

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.

Importer: Walter Kidde Portable Equipment Company Inc., of Mebane, N.C.

 

Manufactured in: United States and Mexico

 

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