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Kidde recalling more than 40 million fire extinguishers

Kidde recalling more than 40 million fire extinguishers

The agency also warns the nozzle may come off with sufficient force to pose a hazard.

The company said the plastic handle of certain models break easily, making the extinguisher inoperable. The death, which occurred in 2014, happened when emergency responders tried to put out a vehicle fire with a Kidde fire extinguisher, but could not get the extinguisher to work, CPSC said.

The recall is in concert with Kidde and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission -more than 37 million extinguishers are being recalled in the U.S.

Several models of fire extinguishers produced between January 1, 1973, and August 15, 2017, including models listed in previous recalls, are covered in this one.

Health Canada says the fire extinguisher can become clogged or require excessive force to operate and may fail during a fire.

So far, the CPSC has received almost 400 reports of cases in which the recalled fire extinguishers failed to work properly. McFarland says to have one on every floor of your home, and definitely one in the kitchen. Also, there were about 91 reports of property damage linked to the problem.

Kidde, based in Mebane, N.C., near Raleigh, 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. They were sold at Menards, Montgomery Ward, Sears, Home Depot, Wal-Mart and other home and hardware stores, as well as on Amazon.com, ShopKidde.com and other online retailers.

Kidde is recommending that these fire extinguishers need replacement.

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