Check Your Fire Extinguisher - Nearly 40 Million Recalled

Kidde announces massive recall of plastic handled fire extinguishers
Kidde plastic handled fire extinguishers (USCPSC photo)

Leading fire extinguisher manufacturer Kidde is recalling some 40 million plastic-handled and push button fire extinguishers because they may fail in an emergency.

The recall covers 134 different models sold from 1973 through August 15, 2017.  This includes models previously recalled.  The US Consumer Product Safety Commission says the units can become clogged and fail to spray.  The nozzle may also fall off.  

The CPSC says that there have been 391 reports of extinguishers failing to function.  

Owners 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 at .

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. The company also makes smoke detectors and other fire safety products.

Kidde's website offers a lookup tool to help consumers identify units included in the recall. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on