37 million fire extinguishers recalled

Kidde recalls fire extinguishers that don't extinguish fires

Government recalls nearly 38M fire extinguishers manufactured in NC

The Kidde Company is recalling almost 38 million fire extinguishers because they may not work properly in a fire emergency.

It includes models that were previously recalled in March of 2009 and February of 2015.

At least one death has been blamed on the faulty extinguishers. In addition, the CPSC says the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.

There have been 391 reports of the extinguishers failing, resulting in at least one death in 2014 that involved a auto fire following a crash, as well as 16 injuries, including smoke inhalation and minor burns. The products were sold at many stores, including The Home Depot, Walmart, Amazon.com and others.

The federal government is launching a massive fire extinguisher recall, covering almost 38 million Kidde extinguishers.

Faults include the extinguisher becoming clogged, failing to spray and the nozzle flying off with such force it can cause injury. His family received a settlement from Kidde.

The massive recall involves 134 models of Kidde fire extinguishers manufactured between January 1, 1973 and August 15, 2017.

Founder Walter Kidde founded the company in 1917, which "produced the first integrated smoke detection and carbon dioxide extinguishing system for use onboard ships", according to the Kidde website.

Kidde will replace the devices with new extinguishers made with metal parts.

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

Consumers can also visit www.kidde.com and click on product safety for more information.

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