Kidde recalls fire extinguishers that don't extinguish fires


- A company is recalling almost 40 million fire extinguishers due to a risky malfunction that have led to at least one death according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

For more information, including all 134 model numbers, see the full recall report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

This comes three years after a auto fire that turned fatal after a Kidde fire extinguisher failed to work.

Kidde, based in Mebane, North Carolina, says it has worked closely with the government to start the recall and make sure the extinguishers are replaced with different models as quickly as possible.

The fire extinguishers that are being recalled were manufactured between January 1, 1973 and August 15, 2017 and were sold in red, white and silver and are either ABC - or BC - rated. In addition, the CPSC says the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.

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The products were sold at Menards, Montgomery Ward, Sears, The Home Depot, Walmart and other department, home and hardware stores nationwide, and online at, and other online retailers for between $12 and $50 and for about $200 for model XL 5MR. Those fire extinguishers have a metal handle and are safe to use. They were manufactured between August 11, 1995 and September 22, 2017. It covers almost 40 million Kidde extinguishers.

The recalled extinguishers date back decades and some models have been recalled before for other issues. It includes extinguishers that had been previously recalled as well.

Consumers with a recalled extinguisher should contact for a free replacement and for instructions on how to return a recalled extinguisher.

Injuries reported as a result of the malfunction include smoke inhalation and minor burns.