The recall, issued by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, applies to Kidde-brand fire extinguishers, some with plastic handles and some with push-button release valves.
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.
Nearly 40 million of these fire extinguishers are estimated to be in circulation across the U.S. 134 different models have been recalled, some of which were manufactured as far back as 1973 and as recently as August, 2017.
Kidde has received one report of a related death in 2014, when a fire extinguisher failed to work during a car fire. There have been 16 injuries, 91 reports of property damage, and 391 reports of the extinguishers either not working at all or not working properly.
If you own a Kidde fire extinguisher, you can check the model number here to see if it’s part of the recall. Kidde is offering free replacement units, no receipt required. The company is asking that consumers keep their current model until the replacement arrives within 10-15 days. It will arrive along with instructions on how to return the old one.
To claim a replacement, you can call Kidde at 855-271-0773 or fill out the form on their website.