Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Kidde Fire Extinguisher Recall

At Bison Fire Protection, our top priority is the safety of our customers. Whether you’re a homeowner or business owner, we stay on top of product recalls to stay on top of your safety. Recently, Kidde - a brand of fire protection and suppression equipment - recalled two styles of their fire extinguishers over widespread issues and concerns that they may not work when you need it most.

The recall number is 18-022, and the recall date is November 2nd, 2017.

Why Are the Fire Extinguishers Being Recalled?

All Kidde fire extinguishers with plastic handles are being recalled. These extinguishers may become clogged during use, or may need extra force to discharge during an emergency situation. This may also lead to a failure to activate during a fire-related emergency. On top of these issues, the plastic nozzle may detach forcefully enough to cause damage on impact.

There has been one death related to these fire extinguishers problems manufactured by Kidde, stated in a report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The majority of issues are related to a nozzle detachment and failure to discharge issue. Kidde is remedying this issue with the replacement of these specific fire extinguishers.

What Fire Extinguishers Have Been Recalled?

Two styles of Kidde fire extinguishers have been recalled:

  • Fire extinguishers with plastic handles
  • Pindicator push-button fire extinguishers

Overall, the recall is for 134 models of Kidde fire extinguishers. These extinguishers were manufactured over a widespread scope, between January 1st, 1972 and August 15th, 2017. The most recent recall by Kidde follows two other recalls, in March 2009 and February 2015. However, this recall includes all models that have previously been recalled.

There are over 40 million Kidde fire extinguishers being recalled, some of which have been available to customers for decades. On top of the one death linked to the fire extinguisher, 391 other reports have been filed surrounding the failure of the extinguisher to work properly, or reports of the nozzle coming off. These issues have been linked to 16 injuries, including minor burns and smoke inhalation.

What Do These Fire Extinguishers Look Like?

The plastic handle and Pindicator push-button fire extinguishers are either ABC or BC rated, and come in red, white, and silver. They were sold at a variety of stores, including Sears, Home Depot, Wal-Mart, Menards, Montgomery Ward, and other hardware and home stores.

They have also been available for purchase online, on platforms like Amazon and ShopKidde. They were touted as useful for recreational vehicles, boats, and commercials trucks as well, so ensure that you check your extinguisher in these vehicles.

When looking to see if your Kidde fire extinguisher has been recalled, check the model number, which you can find on the fire extinguisher label. If your extinguisher was produced in 2007 or later, you can find the 10-digit date code on the side of the cylinder near the bottom of the piece of equipment.

If your model was made before 2007, there is no date code printed on the extinguisher itself. Otherwise, this code can be read by reading digits five to nine, laid out in a DDDYY format. The specific date codes for the recalled models that were made from January 2nd, 2012 to August 15th, 2017 are 00212 to 22717.

If you’re curious as to how to replace your extinguisher for free, contact Kidde at (855) 271-0773 to online at For more information on fire safety equipment for your home, business, or vehicle, contact Bison Fire Protection today for service in Winnipeg, Thompson, Kenora, Brandon, Regina, or Saskatoon.

Posted by Rob Read at 9:17 AM


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