Fire extinguishers recalled after hundreds of reported failures

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Fires in the kitchen, fires on the road.there are so many reasons millions of Americans buy fire extinguishers. "In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard".

Kidde recalled 37.8 million fire extinguishers that may not work because of a faulty handle, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday.

More than 40 million fire extinguishers, some on the market for more than four decades, are being recalled because they may not work in an emergency. In 2014, extinguishers didn't work for emergency responders who were trying to fight a auto fire after a crash.

The units can become clogged or require force to use and can fail during a fire emergency.

Kidde says it has received a report of a death in the USA involving a auto fire and some 390 other reports of malfunctions involving extinguishers in the US that led to 16 injuries. They also report approximately 91 reports of property damage.

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The recall covers 134 models of push-button and plastic-handle extinguishers in the USA and Canada made from 1973 through August 15 of this year.

The expanded recall involves fire extinguishers not included in previous recalls in March 2009 and February 2015. They can be found on the shelves of Walmart, Home Depot and can even be purchased online on Amazon.

Kidde is recommending that these fire extinguishers need replacement.

They also were sold for use in commercial trucks, recreational vehicles and boats.

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