Kidde, a manufacturer of home safety products, issued a recall of two styles of fire extinguishers in the past week, according to a press release.
The recalled models are the plastic handle fire extinguishers and push-button Pindicator fire extinguishers. Kidde will replace all recalled fire extinguishers, the release said.
There were 134 models of the plastic handle fire extinguishers manufactured between Jan. 1, 1973, and Aug. 15, 2017, the release said. The extinguishers were sold in red, white and silver, and are either ABC- or BC-rated.
There are eight models of the push-button Pindicator fire extinguishers being recalled, the release said. They were manufactured between Aug. 11, 1995, and Sept. 22, 2017. These models were sold in red and white, and with a red or black nozzle. These fire extinguisher models were sold primarily for kitchen and personal watercraft applications, the release said.
Consumers should contact Kidde toll-free at 855-271-0773 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, or online at www.kidde.com and click on “Product Safety Recall” for more information.
The fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency. Additionally, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.
There have been about 391 reports of failed or limited activation or nozzle detachment, about 91 reports of property damage, and 16 injuries and one death.