Kidde Recalls Fire Extinguishers with Plastic Handles Due to Failure to Discharge and Nozzle Detachment: One Death Reported.
The fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency. In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.
Recall date: November 2, 2017
Recall number: 18-022
Kidde toll-free at 855-271-0773 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday, or online at www.kidde.com and click on “Product Safety Recall” for more information.
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.
Remedy: Consumers should immediately contact Kidde to request a free replacement fire extinguisher and for instructions on returning the recalled unit, as it may not work properly in a fire emergency.
Note: This recall includes fire extinguisher models that were previously recalled in March 2009 and February 2015. Kidde branded fire extinguishers included in these previously announced recalls should also be replaced. All affected model numbers are listed in the charts above.
Recall information for fire extinguishers used in RVs and motor vehicles can be found on NHTSA’s website.
The firm is aware of a 2014 death involving 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, approximately 16 injuries, including smoke inhalation and minor burns, and approximately 91 reports of property damage.
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.
Plastic-handle models produced between January 1, 1973 and October 25, 2015
|2A40BC||Sears 958054||Mariner 2A40BC||XL 5 TCZ-1|
|Gillette TPS-1 1A10BC||FC 340Z||Volunteer TPS-V 1A10BC||FX340SC-2|
|Sams SM 340||Kidde 10BC||Force 9 2A40BC||Quell TPS-1 1A10BC|
|6 RAP||Sears 958075||Mariner M-10 10BC||XL5 MR|
|Home 10BC||FC Super||XL 2.5 TCZ||Gillette 1A10BC|
|Sanford 1A10BC||Kidde 1A10BC||FS 340Z||Quell ZRPS 5BC|
|6 TAP||Sears RPS-1 10BC||Mariner M-110 1A10BC||XL 6 RZ|
|Home 1A10BC||FC210R-C8S||XL 2.5 TCZ-3|
|Sanford 2A40BC||Kidde 2A40BC||Fuller 420 1A10BC|
|Ademco 720 1A10BC||Sears TPS-1 1A10BC||Mariner M-240 2A40BC|
|Home 2A40BC||Fire Away 10BC Spanish||XL 2.5 TCZ-4|
|Sanford TPS-1 1A10BC||Kidde 40BC||Fuller Brush 420 1A10BC|
|Ademco 722 2A40BC||Sears TPS-1 2A40BC||Master Protection 2A40BC|
|Home H-10 10BC||Fire Away 1A10BC Spanish||XL 2.75 RZ|
|Sanford TPS-1 2A40BC||Kidde RPS-1 10BC||FX210|
|ADT 3A40BC||Traveler 10BC||Montgomery Ward 10BC|
|Home H-110 1A10BC||Fire Away 2A40BC Spanish||XL 2.75 RZ-3|
|Sears 2RPS 5BC||Kidde RPS-1 40BC||FX210R|
|All Purpose 2A40BC||Traveler 1A10BC||Montgomery Ward 1A-10BC|
|Home H-240 2A-40BC||Fireaway 10 (F-10)||XL 2-3/4 RZ|
|Sears 58033 10BC||Kidde TPS-1 1A10BC||FX210W|
|Bicentenial RPS-2 10BC||Traveler 2A40BC||Montgomery Ward 8627 1A10BC|
|Honeywell 1A10BC||Fireaway 10BC||XL 340HD|
|Sears 58043 1A10BC||Kidde TPS-1 2A40BC||FX340GW|
|Bicentenial TPS-2 1A-10BC||Traveler T-10 10BC||Montgomery Ward 8637 10BC|
|Honeywell TPS-1 1A10BC||Fireaway 110 (F-110)||XL 4 TXZ|
|Sears 5805 2A40BC||KX 2-1/2 TCZ||FX340GW-2|
|Costco 340||Traveler T-110 1A10BC||Quell 10BC|
|J.L. 2A40BC||Fireaway 1A10BC||XL 5 PK|
|Sears 958034||Mariner 10BC||FX340H|
|FA 340HD||Traveler T-240 2A40BC||Quell 1A10BC|
|J.L. TPS-1 2A40BC||Fireaway 240 (F-240)||XL 5 TCZ|
|Sears 958044||Mariner 1A10BC||FX340SC|
|FA240HD||Volunteer 1A10BC||Quell RPS-1 10BC|
|Kadet 2RPS-1 5BC||Fireaway 2A40BC|
Plastic-handle models with date codes between January 2, 2012 and August 15, 2017
|AUTO FX5 II-1||FA10T||FA5-1||FC10|