Recall: Fire Extinguishers with Plastic Handles

Posted Nov 3rd, 2017 in Connecting Niagara, Awareness, Recalls

Recall: Fire Extinguishers with Plastic Handles

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New Recall and Expansion of March 2009 and February 2015 recalls. Joint recall with Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC), and Kidde


Kidde and Garrison Branded Fire Extinguishers with Plastic Handles

Product description
This recall involves two styles of Kidde-branded and Garrison-branded fire extinguishers: Plastic Handle Fire Extinguishers and Push-Button Pindicator Fire Extinguishers. The tables below provide model numbers, date codes and type of extinguisher for the affected fire extinguishers.

This expanded recall involves fire extinguishers not included in the previous recalls in March 2009  and February 2015.

Please note the date code range has been expanded for some the previously recalled products.

See original notice for model numbers.

The model number is printed on the fire extinguisher label. The date of manufacture is a 10-digit date code printed on the side of the cylinder, near the bottom. Digits five through nine represent the day and year of manufacture in DDDYY format.

The model number is printed on the fire extinguisher label.  All date codes for Push-Button Pindicator models are included in the recall.

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Hazard identified
The fire extinguisher can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency.  In addition, the nozzle may detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.

As of November 2, 2017, the company has received 2 reports of limited or failed activation in Canada, 1 of these reports involved property damage. Neither Kidde nor Health Canada have received any reports of consumer injuries in Canada related to the use of these products.

In the United States, the company has received approximately 391 reports of limited or failed activation or nozzle detachment, including 1 fatality, approximately 16 injuries, including smoke inhalation and minor burns, and approximately 91 reports of property damage.

Number sold
Approximately 1.2 million units of the Plastic Handle Fire Extinguishers were sold in Canada and approximately 25.9 million were sold in the United States.

Approximately 1.5 million units of the Push-Button Pindicator Fire Extinguishers were sold in Canada and approximately 11.9 million were sold in the United States.

Time period sold
The recalled Plastic Handle Fire Extinguishers were sold from January 1, 1973 to August 15, 2017 at various retailers.

The recalled Push-Button Pindicator Fire Extinguishers were sold from August 11, 1995 to September 22, 2017 at various retailers.

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  • A great community service to keep everyone informed. Thank you for this!
    Louise M.

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