Massive Fire Extinguisher Recall Affects Central New York
Do you currently own a Kidde fire extinguisher? You may want to see if it's part of a nationwide recall.
According to USA Today, this recall covers 134 models of push-button and plastic-handle extinguishers. Even if you have a old one, check the dates. The recall covers extinguishers made from 1973 through August 15th of 2017.
The government says the extinguishers can become clogged and fail to spray when needed. Also, the nozzle can come off with enough force to pose an injury hazard. Including the death, the CPSC says there have been 391 reports of extinguishers failing to work properly or of nozzles coming off, resulting in 16 injuries that included smoke inhalation and minor burns. Also, there were about 91 reports of property damage linked to the problem.
If you own one, you should contact Kidde to ask for a free replacement and for instructions on how to return recalled models. Kidde can be reached at (855) 271-0773 or online.
Here's a photo of the one I currently own: