Area Fire Departments Warn of Massive Fire Extinguisher Recall


More than 40 million Kidde fire extinguishers were recalled last week.

Some of the recalled models have been on the market for more than four decades. The company announced a recall of fire extinguishers with a plastic handle due to a failure to properly activate during a fire emergency.

After a recent recall of fire extinguishers around the US, a local fire department explains the importance of having and maintaining the safety product in your household.

The possible affected devices cover 134 models of plastic handle fire extinguishers manufactured between January 1, 1973, and August 15, 2017, including models previously recalled in March 2009 and February 2015.

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

Officials said the nozzle can also come off during activation. Also, there were about 91 reports of property damage linked to the problem. Extinguishers are red, white or silver and sold in the US and Canada through a wide range of retailers. Kidde will replace the fire extinguisher. They also were sold for use in commercial trucks, recreational vehicles and boats.