• Kidde recalls 37.8 million fire extinguishers after reported death


    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


    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


    Kidde 1A10BC

    Sears RPS-1 10BC

    FC 340Z

    Kidde 2A40BC

    Sears TPS-1  1A10BC

    FC Super

    Kidde 40BC

    Sears TPS-1 2A40BC


    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


    Montgomery Ward 8627 1A10BC

    XL 340HD


    Montgomery Ward 8637  10BC

    XL 4 TXZ


    Quell 10BC

    XL 5 PK


    Quell 1A10BC

    XL 5 TCZ


    Quell RPS-1 10BC

    XL 5 TCZ-1


    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





















    FX5 II













    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




    AUTO 5FX


    AUTO 5FX-1


    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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