Kidde Recalls 4.8 Million Fire Extinguishers

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Kidde Recalls 4.8 Million Fire Extinguishers

Kidde is recalling 4.8 million fire extinguishers due to a defective valve which could cause them to fail when used to put out a fire. A part in the Zytel plastic valve can fail when a user repeatedly presses and releases the lever. The recall involves 31 different models sold over the past two years. The extinguishers are disposable and are not meant to be refilled. The product was sold between August 2013 and November 2014 for $18 to $65, and one model sold for $200. Home Depot, Walmart and other stores across the nation carried the extinguishers.

After 11 reports of the Mexican-made fire extinguishers failing to work, Kidde, a division of United Technologies (UTX), recalled 4.6 million vehicles in the U.S. and 175,000 in Canada. Consumers who have one of the defective extinguishers can contact Kidde to get a free replacement. A list of the recalled models can be found on the Consumer Product Safety Commission website. You can contact Kidde at 855-283-7991 between 8 am and 5 pm eastern time.

Source: CPSC

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