Nearly 38 million fire extinguishers in the U.S. and Canada are being recalled because they might not work.
Kidde is recalling 37.8 million extinguishers with plastic handles because they can get clogged and potentially fail when you need them. The nozzle could also come off, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The recall was announced Thursday, and the full alert can be found here.
One person died in 2014 after being involved in a crash and car fire when responders couldn’t get the recalled fire extinguishers to work, according to CPSC. To date, there have been 391 complaints about the product, 16 injuries and 91 reports of property damage.
The extinguishers were sold at Menards, Montgomery Ward, Sears, Home Depot, Walmart and various other home, department and hardware stores as well as online, CPSC said. They were also sold with some commercial trucks, RVs and boats.
134 models are included in this recall, sold in red, white and silver, with either an ABC or BC rating. You can find the model number printed on the label.
- If your extinguisher is a 2007 model or newer, the date of manufacture is a 10-digit date code printed on the side of the cylinder near the bottom. Digits 5 through 9 are the day and year – DDDYY
- Date codes for models made between Jan. 2, 2012, through Aug. 15, 2017, are “00212” through “22717”
- Extinguishers made before 2007 will not have a date code.
A list of all model numbers included in the recall can be found at the bottom of this post.
Kidde is replacing these recalled units for free. You can call the company for your replacement and instructions on how to return the extinguisher at 855-271-0773 from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
You can also get more information on their website.
|Plastic-handle models produced between January 1, 1973 and October 25, 2015|
|2A40BC||Gillette TPS-1 1A10BC||Sams SM 340|
|6 RAP||Home 10BC||Sanford 1A10BC|
|6 TAP||Home 1A10BC||Sanford 2A40BC|
|Ademco 720 1A10BC||Home 2A40BC||Sanford TPS-1 1A10BC|
|Ademco 722 2A40BC||Home H-10 10BC||Sanford TPS-1 2A40BC|
|ADT 3A40BC||Home H-110 1A10BC||Sears 2RPS 5BC|
|All Purpose 2A40BC||Home H-240 2A-40BC||Sears 58033 10BC|
|Bicentenial RPS-2 10BC||Honeywell 1A10BC||Sears 58043 1A10BC|
|Bicentenial TPS-2 1A-10BC||Honeywell TPS-1 1A10BC||Sears 5805 2A40BC|
|Costco 340||J.L. 2A40BC||Sears 958034|
|FA 340HD||J.L. TPS-1 2A40BC||Sears 958044|
|FA240HD||Kadet 2RPS-1 5BC||Sears 958054|
|FC 340Z||Kidde 10BC||Sears 958075|
|FC Super||Kidde 1A10BC||Sears RPS-1 10BC|
|FC210R-C8S||Kidde 2A40BC||Sears TPS-1 1A10BC|
|Fire Away 10BC Spanish||Kidde 40BC||Sears TPS-1 2A40BC|
|Fire Away 1A10BC Spanish||Kidde RPS-1 10BC||Traveler 10BC|
|Fire Away 2A40BC Spanish||Kidde RPS-1 40BC||Traveler 1A10BC|
|Fireaway 10 (F-10)||Kidde TPS-1 1A10BC||Traveler 2A40BC|
|Fireaway 10BC||Kidde TPS-1 2A40BC||Traveler T-10 10BC|
|Fireaway 110 (F-110)||KX 2-1/2 TCZ||Traveler T-110 1A10BC|
|Fireaway 1A10BC||Mariner 10BC||Traveler T-240 2A40BC|
|Fireaway 240 (F-240)||Mariner 1A10BC||Volunteer 1A10BC|
|Fireaway 2A40BC||Mariner 2A40BC||Volunteer TPS-V 1A10BC|
|Force 9 2A40BC||Mariner M-10 10BC||XL 2.5 TCZ|
|FS 340Z||Mariner M-110 1A10BC||XL 2.5 TCZ-3|
|Fuller 420 1A10BC||Mariner M-240 2A40BC||XL 2.5 TCZ-4|
|Fuller Brush 420 1A10BC||Master Protection 2A40BC||XL 2.75 RZ|
|FX210||Montgomery Ward 10BC||XL 2.75 RZ-3|
|FX210R||Montgomery Ward 1A-10BC||XL 2-3/4 RZ|
|FX210W||Montgomery Ward 8627 1A10BC||XL 340HD|
|FX340GW||Montgomery Ward 8637 10BC||XL 4 TXZ|
|FX340GW-2||Quell 10BC||XL 5 PK|
|FX340H||Quell 1A10BC||XL 5 TCZ|
|FX340SC||Quell RPS-1 10BC||XL 5 TCZ-1|
|FX340SC-2||Quell TPS-1 1A10BC||XL5 MR|
|Gillette 1A10BC||Quell ZRPS 5BC||XL 6 RZ|
|Plastic-handle models with date codes between January 2, 2012 and August 15, 2017|
|AUTO FX5 II-1||FC5||M10G|
Push-button Pindicator fire extinguishers: The recall involves eight models of Kidde Pindicator fire extinguishers manufactured between Aug. 11, 1995, and Sept. 22, 2017. The no-gauge push-button extinguishers were sold in red and white, and with a red or black nozzle. These models were sold primarily for kitchen and personal watercraft applications.
|Push Button Pindicator Models manufactured between August 11, 1995 and September 22, 2017|
Note from the CPSC:
“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 here.