WPFD warns of massive fire extinguisher recall

Recalled Kidde fire extinguishers sit at the West Point Fire Department. The company has recalled 37.8 million units.

The West Point Fire Department is warning fire extinguisher owners to be aware of a major recall involving 134 models of Kidde fire extinguishers.

West Point Fire Chief Ken Wilburn told the Daily Times Leader the ones they are concerned with are fire extinguisher with plastic handles. The company also says the recall applies to plastic push-bottom fire extinguishers.

“The problem with them is they could log up when they’re trying to be used,” Wilburn said. The ones they are targeting on this have plastic heads on them and on the website you can tell if yours is one on the list, as a matter of fact we have two at the station”

Kidde also said units with metal handles/valve assemblies are not included in the recall.

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission in its recall notice said the nozzle can also detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard. In total, roughly 37.8 million units are being recalled, with an additional 2.7 million in Canada.

The commission says there have been approximately 391 reports of failed or limited activation or nozzle detachment, including the fatality, approximately 16 injuries, including smoke inhalation and minor burns, and approximately 91 reports of property damage.

The fire extinguishers being recalled were manufactured between Jan. 1, 1973 and Aug. 15, 2017.

The units in question were sold in red, white and silver, and are either ABC- or BC-rated.

The model number is printed on the fire extinguisher label and for units produced in 2007 and beyond, the date of manufacture is a 10-digit date code printed on the side of the cylinder, near the bottom. 

Date codes for recalled models manufactured from January 2, 2012 through August 15, 2017 are 00212 through 22717.  For units produced before 2007, a date code is not printed on the fire extinguisher.

If you believe you are in possession of a recalled unit or to request a replacement, contact Kidde at (855) 271-0773 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. EST Monday through Friday (excluding holidays), or between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. during the weekend.

If you have a unit that has been recalled, a replacement will be shipped within approximately 10 to 15 business days from the call to Kidde.

However, those with recalled fire extinguishers are strongly encouraged to keep the affected unit until a replacement arrives.

If the model you posses is used with a personal watercraft, Kidde says it does not currently have an exact replacement for it, but the company is prepared to offer a replacement extinguisher which is both US Coast Guard rated, and similar in size.