The thing about fire extinguishers is that when there’s a fire, you have a reasonable expectation that the device can put out said fire. But that apparently isn’t the case for nearly 5 million Kidde plastic disposable fire extinguishers being recalled.
The Associated Press reports that Kidde issued the recall after receiving 11 reports that the devices failed to discharge as expected.
According to the recall notice, a faulty valve component may cause the fire extinguishers to not fully discharge when the lever is repeatedly pressed and released during a fire emergency.
In all, 31 models of Kidde disposable fire extinguishers in red, silver and while with Zytel black plastic valves are covered in the recall. The models come with either ABC or BC rating, which is located to the right of the nameplate.
Nearly 4.6 million of the extinguishers are located in the U.S., while 175,000 are in Canada.
The fire extinguishers, which are priced between $18 and $200, were sold from August 2013 to November 2014 online and at Home Depot, Menards, Walmart and other department, home and hardware stores across the country.
Although Kidde says it has received no reports of injuries related to the improper discharge, it advises consumers to contact the company for an immediate replacement.
The company can be reached by phone at (855) 283-7991 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or you can get more information online at this page at the Kidde website.
Kidde recalling nearly 5M disposable fire extinguishers [The Associated Press]