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Kidde Company Fire Extinguishers

Kidde Company Fire Extinguishers

There has been at least one death as a result of the faulty fire safety tools: first responders "could not get the recalled Kidde fire extinguishers to work" in a 2014 vehicle fire, according to a news release.

Kidde is recalling two styles Plastic handle and plastic push-button fire extinguishers.

To claim a replacement, check the brand name and model number of your fire extinguisher against the CPSC recall notice.

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Kidde marketing videos emphasize how important their products are in the event of a fire, but the company is now recalling 37.8 million of its fire extinguishers in the United States, reports CBS News correspondent Kris Van Cleave.

The recall affects between 37 and 38 million extinguishers in the US made from 1973 to this past September. Their nozzles also may detach with enough force "to pose an impact hazard", the CPSC said.

There have been 391 reports of failed activation, including one report of a fatality, 16 injuries including smoke inhalation and burns, as well as 91 reports of property damage. This makes the extinguisher fail to operate and can potentially cause injury or even death if you're relying on a malfunctioning one to put out a fire. Date codes for models manufactured from January 2, 2012 through August 15, 2017 are 00212 through 22717. "You can find the model number and serial number on the unit's label".

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It includes models that were previously recalled in March of 2009 and February of 2015, the CPSC said. Customers can also reach Kidde online.

There have been nearly 400 reports of malfunctions, including 16 injuries and a death.

The extinguishers are manufactured by Kidde in Mebane, North Carolina.

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