"In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard", Kidde said in a press release.
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One death has been reported in connection with the faulty fire extinguishers, the Consumer Product Safety Commission reports.
The recalled extinguishers date back decades and some models have been recalled before for other issues.
The recall involves 134 models, both plastic handle and push-button Pindicator fire extinguishers, manufactured by US company Kidde Corporation between January 1, 1973, and August 15, 2017. This makes the extinguisher fail to operate and can potentially cause injury or even death if you're relying on a malfunctioning one to put out a fire.
The recall FAQ section of Kidde's website says, "No proof of purchase is required". The model number is printed on the fire extinguisher's label. Sixteen of those incidents resulted in injuries, including burns and smoke inhalation, the CPSC said.
Fire extinguisher maker Kidde recalled 40.5 million fire extinguishers Wednesday, a recall that covers 134 models manufactured over 44 years including models involved in two previous recalls.
For more information, contact Kidde toll-free at 855-271-0773 from 8:30 a.m.to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.to 3 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday. Those fire extinguishers have a metal handle and are safe to use.
Kidde extinguishers are manufactured in Mebane, North Carolina.
Note: This recall includes fire extinguisher models that were previously recalled in March 2009 and February 2015.