37.8 million fire extinguishers recalled after care fire death

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"In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard".

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They were sold at every kind of store, from 20th century brick-and-mortar stalwarts such as Montgomery Ward and Sears to big boxes such as Walmart and The Home Depot to online retailers such as Amazon.com and ShopKidde.com.

Owners should contact Kidde to ask for a replacement and for instructions on how to return recalled models.

The recall covers 134 models of push-button and plastic-handle extinguishers in the US and Canada made from 1973 to 15 August 2017. They were manufactured between August 11, 1995 and September 22, 2017.

View or download a PDF of the recall FAQ, including model numbers.

"Get a new fire extinguisher free of charge in your home and have that certainty that it will work", Buerkle said.

Kidde says the fire extinguishers can become clogged and require extra force to discharge, or fail to activate completely. Sixteen of those incidents resulted in injuries, including burns and smoke inhalation, the CPSC said. While the recall goes back 44 years, no one should keep a fire extinguisher that long. The company set up a hotline at 855-271-0773. Those fire extinguishers have a metal handle and are safe to use. It includes extinguishers that had been previously recalled as well. No proof of purchase is required, however, a model number, year of manufacture, and the unit's date code and serial number must be provided.

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