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YSK that Kidde is recalling nearly 38 million fire extinguishers made from 1973 through 2017 |TTI

**If you have a fire extinguisher with a plastic handle, definitely check if it’s part of the recall**

More info [here](https://inmarmarketaction.com/kidde/). Some other brands (presumably manufactured by Kidde) include:

* Ademco
* ADT
* Bicentennial
* Costco
* Fire Away
* Fuller
* Gillette
* Home
* Honeywell
* J.L.
* Kadet
* Mariner
* Master Protection
* Montgomery Ward
* Quell
* Sams
* Sanford
* Sears
* Traveler
* Volunteer

[Source](https://s3.amazonaws.com/inmar-adx-files/N130284/US_Plastic+Handle+Product+ID+Guide.pdf)

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  1. My dad worked for General Fire Extinguisher for decades before he retired about 15 years ago. I remember he always used to bash Kidde fire extinguishers as inferior because they used plastic, not metal in the nozzles. I can’t wait til I see him at Thanksgiving and the look on his face when I tell him about the recall. You were right all along, Dad.

  2. What exactly is failing on these fire extinguishers?

    Edit – Answer:

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

  3. https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2017/kidde-recalls-fire-extinguishers-with-plastic-handles-due-to-failure-to-discharge-and

    A better link.

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

    Incidents/Injuries:

    The firm is aware of a 2014 death involving a car fire following a crash. Emergency responders could not get the recalled Kidde fire extinguishers to work. There have been approximately 391 reports of failed or limited activation or nozzle detachment, including the fatality, approximately 16 injuries, including smoke inhalation and minor burns, and approximately 91 reports of property damage.

    Sold At:

    Menards, Montgomery Ward, Sears, The Home Depot, Walmart and other department, home and hardware stores nationwide, and online at Amazon.com, ShopKidde.com and other online retailers for between $12 and $50 and for about $200 for model XL 5MR. These fire extinguishers were also sold with commercial trucks, recreational vehicles, personal watercraft and boats.’

  4. I’mma make this real easy for y’all…

    Just call this toll free number: 1-855-271-0773. (If you live in the US.)

    You’ll need the extinguisher model number. It’s got a letter, and might be followed by “110” for many affected Kidde brand models. (Other brands might have different numbers, so beware.) Look around: it’s tiny.

    You’ll also need the serial number. It’s probably a computer printed number (AKA pixelated) and it should be obvious that it’s a serial number.

    If you call the number with the extinguisher handy, they’ll walk you through it. Won’t take more than 5-10 minutes.

    If you have multiple extinguishers, they’ll just ask for model and serial numbers for each one. They’re also going to ask when you bought the extinguisher. If you don’t know, ball park it. (I got by with just saying “um… probably 5 years ago…” and that was acceptable.)

    They’ll send you replacement(s) as needed. They might want the old ones returned via postage-paid packaging, so hold onto your old ones.

  5. First off this situation is honestly very bad, please check your extinguishers, etc and make survey they’re in good shape.

    Second, my city requires Kidde and only Kidde for basically everything, who could have foresaw that being a dumb decision??? I’m sure there was zero corruption in that decision!

  6. just an FYI, I had two and went to the site to see if they were part of the recall. Kidde asks for the model number and production date. I was unable to find the production date on one and on the other, it was too faded to read. Anyway, I put in the info I could and they immediately accepted it. Apparently I have 2 extinguishers on their way.

    The point is, don’t worry if you can’t find all the info they tell you is needed. They accept with less.

  7. I actually had one of these blow up in my face (the nylon/plastic top shot off and hit me in the face while I proceeded to have the ABC powder inside fill up my lungs and eyes. Was about 19 at the time) years ago and sent me to the hospital. This was back when I was working for a fire extinguisher store out of Tucson back in college. I begged our owners to stop selling/ servicing them. Was told to collect a few days of workman’s comp and get back to work.

  8. Thanks OP.

    How the hell am I supposed to keep up with all these bloody recalls?

    Google should send me alerts telling me that “based on your history you might own <item> and it is being recalled”.

  9. Hmm…mine are all “First Alert.” They have plastic on the triggers, but they’re not on the list. Seem to be in good enough shape, but they *are* old. I should shoot them off and then get some new ones.

  10. I work as a wholesaler for fire extinguishers and dire safety products. Kidde is a line we sell along with Amerex and a few other brands. The kidde hate is super unfounded and unesecary.

    The first thing I want to put out there is that the plastic valve extinguishers are the only ones on the recall. Kidde sells loads of other lines. People just want cheap units and buy these if they don’t have hard specs to meet. Alot of customers also buy them if they need a smaller disposable unit to outfit a vehicle with. These units are pretty cheap, not even going to pretend they aren’t. But, they do work. The recall is for the fact that if someone panics and squeezes the plastic handle too many times, the unit will clog and stop working. Anyone who is trained to use an extinguisher knows not to do this because it can mess up any extinguisher. Plastic valve or not. They haven’t had too many issues in the past as they were used correctly. That’s why the recall is on units going back all the way to units from 73.

    That leads me into the next part of my argument. Kidde makes a more retail friendly extinguisher and as such, they are usually cheaper but they do make lines on par with other premium brands. Amerex is the undisputed top of the line brand and you will get what you pay for. But if you aren’t going to be recharging your own extinguisher or you need to get a large number of reliable extinguishers and don’t want to buy the top of the line units, kidde is a pretty good way to go.

    The final point I want to make is that kidde is not only sending out replacements to EVERYONE who has an effected unit (you can go to their website and put in info on yours to get a replacement), they are also paying another company to come in and help with the whole thing and to make sure they get everybody taken care of. They also could have made the “Smart” business decision and not issue a recall and fought the lawsuit they had. The lawsuit is that an extinguisher wasn’t able to be used in the aftermath of a car crash when a bystander tried to help. The man was already dead from the impact of the crash and on top of that, the extinguisher was used incorrectly. I think it would be a really shitty thing to do but they could have just fought it and still stood good chance of winning. Instead they are voluntarily doing a recall to make sure nobody gets hurt and replacing all of the effected units. They are customer focused and market an easy to use and reliable extinguishers​. They have a lot more integrity than some other manufacturers I deal with.

    Source: Fire Safety Wholesaler

  11. Can confirm. We had a grease kitchen fire that we tried to extinguish with a kiddie,… ONE 1-second spurt and then never shot again. Piece of absolute DOGSHT almost cost me and my friends our lives. Luckily I was able to get the pan out of the house before it literally exploded from water droplets hitting the grease.

  12. I don’t know how many trucking companies Kidde ships through, but I work for one of them. We’re getting five or 6 53′ trailers packed floor to ceiling with pallets of fire extinguishers a day, 6 days a week.

    ..it’s really great for business 😂.

    Kidde will be fine. They’re owned by United Technologies which is the 50th largest company in the world. They also own Carrier, Pratt and Whitney, Goodrich, and Otis Elevator – to name a few.

  13. FedEx manager here.

    The instructions Kidde has been sending customers states that you should take it to a FedEx Office location. We cannot accept the fire extinguishers at Office locations due to them being a dangerous commodity. You need to take it to a FedEx Express or Ground station. These are the locations with lots of trucks. They are aware of the recall and can help you with sending your fire extinguisher back.

  14. I’m going to throw this in here because I see it all the time:

    If your fire extinguisher comes with a zip tie on the pull pin, it’s there for shipping. Remove it. Don’t mount it on a wall in your office or put it under the sink with the plastic tie still on there. The last thing you want when you need to extinguish a fire is a zip tie holding you pin in.

  15. My husband finally noticed how much they’re stepping up their ads. Seems like they’re on every tv show, radio, internet and streaming service out there. And, yet, I can’t remember a single time they advertised before all of this happened.

  16. My barbecue caught on fire a few months back. It was a huge grease fire that got out of control.

    I had 3 Kidde fire extinguishers with the plastic handles. Two in the garage and one in the kitchen. The first two I tried did not discharge. The third one did after I squeezed it so hard I hurt my hand in the process.

    Then I get the recall notice, but I can’t get replacements because I didn’t keep the old fire extinguishers.

    Always clean your grill kids, and keep at least two fire extinguishers in your house.

  17. My Kidde extinguisher has serial number PG-116270. How do I tell if this is one of the recalled ones? It’s a red ABC extinguisher from before 2007 with a plastic handle. I’m trying to figure out if I should tell my landlord to replace it, but it’s not very clear from the article which ones are being recalled.

    Never mind, figured it out, the model is Kidde 1A10BC which is on the list here. https://s3.amazonaws.com/inmar-adx-files/N130284/US_Plastic+Handle+Product+ID+Guide.pdf

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