A North American recall has been issued for 37.8 million fire extinguishers as they might not work in case of an emergency. That recall includes 2.7 million that have been sold in Canada, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
A faulty fire extinguisher has been linked to one death, when a 2014 emergency crew’s extinguisher failed to work at the scene of a blazing car wreck. Additionallly, there have been roughly 390 reports of failed discharges resulting in 16 injuries. According to the notice, the affected products can become “clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during and emergency.”
The recall includes two styles from manufacturer Kidde, one with a plastic handle and the other a push-button Pindicator extinguishers, of which there are 134 models. The manufacturing date spans over fourty years, dating all the way back to 1973.
“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.”
To check if your model is being recalled, check here. Those affected are being urged to immediatley contact Kidde to request a free replacement.