Following Customer Complaints Kidde Recalls 4.8 Million Potentially Defective Fire Extinguishers
Kidde is recalling about 4.8 million disposable fire extinguishers in the U.S. and Canada because they may not work properly in an emergency.
A faulty valve component can cause the disposable fire extinguishers not to fully discharge when the lever is repeatedly pressed and released during a fire emergency. Kidde received 11 reports that the extinguisher failed to discharge as expected.
The recall affects 31 models of Kidde disposable fire extinguishers with Zytel black plastic valves. Manufacture dates included in the recall are July 23, 2013 through Oct. 15, 2014. A 10-digit date code is stamped 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 units manufactured in 2013 are XXXX 20413 X through XXXX 36513 X and 2014 are XXXX 00114 X through XXXX 28814 X. A nameplate affixed to the front of the fire extinguisher bears the model number. A complete list of recalled models can be found on the Consumer Product Safety Commission website.
They were sold at Home Depot, Menards, Walmart and other department, home and hardware stores nationwide, and online from August 2013 through November 2014 for between $18 and $65, and about $200 for model XL 5MR.
Owners can contact Kidde for a replacement fire extinguisher at (855) 283-7991.