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40 Million Fire Extinguishers Recalled

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Today a recall was announced involving 40 million Fire Extinguishers manufactured by Kidde. 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. Be advised that some of the recalled Extinguishers were sold under names other than Kidde (ie Fuller Brush, Honeywell, Montgomery Ward, Sears and other names).

 

Kidde Fire Extinguisher Product Safety Recall Information

 

Be advised that the link above has the list of recalled  extinguishers. It also lets you submit your request for a replacement extinguisher after you provide your name, address, the model extinguisher and serial number. It verifies that your extinguisher is being recalled and submits your request for a replacement.

 

If you do not want to submit your request on-line you can contact Kidde via telephone to find out if a fire extinguisher is included in the recall or to get a replacement :   

 

Contact Kidde at (855) 271-0773 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST Monday-Friday (excluding holidays), or between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. during the weekend to determine whether your extinguishers are affected.

 

 

When I got home tonight I checked and I have at least 2 of these recalled extinguishers and possibly 1 more.

Given how many AACA Members have Fire Extinguishers for their vehicles, I have no doubt that some AACA members also have extinguishers that are being recalled.

 

 

 

 

 

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Excellent point you have pointed out to other car owners . I have heard some Firemen where trying to put out a car fire and the person died because of the poor extinguishers ?

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Thanks for the heads up Charlie. Just checked mine and I have a couple of the affected ones. Submitted the serial numbers, new ones on the way. 

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2 minutes ago, GregLaR said:

Thanks for the heads up Charlie. Just checked mine and I have a couple of the affected ones. Submitted the serial numbers, new ones on the way. 

I just turned my 2 in, too. Thanks for the quick links.

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Thank you for the information.  We have to have at least 2 dozen or more fire extinguishers throughout the house, garage, barns, vehicles. 

 

Guess I know what I'm doing this weekend.   :(

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.....and, just found another one! I've shared this info on all the automotive sites I'm on.

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8 hours ago, GregLaR said:

.....and, just found another one! I've shared this info on all the automotive sites I'm on.

 

Thanks for spreading the word about this very important recall. I too shared this information with family members and other friends that have old cars that have extinguishers.

 

I just submitted two extinguishers I have under the recall. I have another one with the plastic handle that is just like the two I submitted that is not listed on the recall. I will probably call the phone number on the web site to ask about that extinguisher.

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12 hours ago, Mark Gregory said:

Excellent point you have pointed out to other car owners . I have heard some Firemen where trying to put out a car fire and the person died because of the poor extinguishers ?

 

The manufacturer's link in posting #1 has a link

to the announcement by the U. S. Consumer Product

Safety Commission:

https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2017/kidde-recalls-fire-extinguishers-with-plastic-handles-due-to-failure-to-discharge-and#.Wfr3FggcNkQ

 

That commission states,

"Kidde Recalls Fire Extinguishers with Plastic Handles

Due to Failure to Discharge and Nozzle Detachment: One Death Reported"

and further claims,

"Hazard:  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.

 

Remedy:  Replace

Recall date:  November 2, 2017

Recall number:  18-022"

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Moderators.

This notice should stay at the top.

After reviewing the list , it seems there are very few small portable extinguishers 

that are not affected.

Dennis

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What a cheap looking piece of junk. Millions of people wanted cheap protection they could keep for decades.

 

Put in the hands of untrained, price conscious buyers. And it took almost 50 years to figure it out?

 

My Dad died about five years after they started making them. I would sure hate to sit down with him at dinner tonight and tell him i was involved in making or selling those. There's a thought for the boardroom.

Bernie

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I have inspected, and recharged fire extinguishers for about 12 years now.  I tell people to get a good quality extinguisher with a METAL top and an actual GAUGE.  It is not that much more money and you, your family, and your property depend on it.  Most people after explaining the realities of a fire, GET the idea.  But pretty soon their cheap side sets in and they buy the cheapest piece of crap they can find.  The other part of the equation is that it is a neccesary ugly.  That means that if you or someone else have to look for it - its useless. Get at least a 5 lb extinguisher, MOUNT it on the wall near the entry so it is accesable.   By the time they get there, the only thing the fire department will be able to do is hopefully save your neighbors house.  Your home will be uninhabitable, and maybe even unsaveable. A whole lot of heartache and regrets.  The exts offered by the big box stores are made in CHEENA and are also junk.  They can not be serviced and parts are not available in this country.  We carry halon, or halotron in our old cars.  The ABC type extinguishers are extremely corrosive.

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26 minutes ago, a sell said:

I have inspected, and recharged fire extinguishers for about 12 years now.  I tell people to get a good quality extinguisher with a METAL top and an actual GAUGE.  It is not that much more money and you, your family, and your property depend on it.  Most people after explaining the realities of a fire, GET the idea.  But pretty soon their cheap side sets in and they buy the cheapest piece of crap they can find.  The other part of the equation is that it is a neccesary ugly.  That means that if you or someone else have to look for it - its useless. Get at least a 5 lb extinguisher, MOUNT it on the wall near the entry so it is accesable.   By the time they get there, the only thing the fire department will be able to do is hopefully save your neighbors house.  Your home will be uninhabitable, and maybe even unsaveable. A whole lot of heartache and regrets.  The exts offered by the big box stores are made in CHEENA and are also junk.  They can not be serviced and parts are not available in this country.  We carry halon, or halotron in our old cars.  The ABC type extinguishers are extremely corrosive.

Do you have a link to the ones you recommend? 

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9 hours ago, victorialynn2 said:

Do you have a link to the ones you recommend?

 

That is the same thought I had.

 

I read the recall and the incidents related. People are generally stupid, especially when it comes to parting with their "hard earned money". (Personally, I have never owned a nickel of hard earned money)

 

From the recall " approximately 16 injuries, including smoke inhalation and minor burns, and approximately 91 reports of property damage." That's out of millions. I hope the minor burns didn't keep them from putting 5 pounds of junk on their Chevy Cobalt key ring.

 

I think it is shameful that Kidde would manufacture and market such a cheap piece of junk "just because people will buy them", but that is just my moral upbringing. Many times I have been told I am too honest to own a business. I have also been called judgemental.

 

I would be inclined to recall the purchasers and ask them what other dangerous decisions they have made. I bet if five group photos of 16 people were spread out on a table in front of me, I could pick out the group who got injured. When it comes to people nothing is hidden very deep below the skin.

 

I am kind of chuckling. Here it is church day and I just got home, writing this. Maybe we need a flood.

Bernie

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Submitted my four (at doors and in kitchen). Said would be 10-15 days so pretty quick.

Badger extinguisher I saw has a metal top.

Nothing wrong with plastic if the right kind.

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I have three being replaced. I called Kiddie and gave them all the info, pretty easy to do. They're sending replacements with instructions for the return of the recalled ones. Usually the way it works is when you get the replacement, you put the recalled one in the box the new one came in. Kiddie includes a return label to put on the box and then UPS comes to pick it up. No cost involved in getting it done.

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1 hour ago, Doug Novak said:

I have three being replaced. I called Kiddie and gave them all the info, pretty easy to do. They're sending replacements with instructions for the return of the recalled ones. Usually the way it works is when you get the replacement, you put the recalled one in the box the new one came in. Kiddie includes a return label to put on the box and then UPS comes to pick it up. No cost involved in getting it done.

 

Thanks for the information.

 

I saw on another truck forum that a forum member received 2 of the 4 extinguishers he requested today after only 7 days.

I would imagine that how quickly one receives a replacement may depend on the model of extinguisher involved among other things.

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I have 3 replacements on the way - one of mine same model, but supposedly not affected

need to check 8 others plus son, daughter, and grandson's Tahoes, and also each of the 3 enclosed trailers

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