Nearly 40 million fire extinguishers are being recalled by the Walter Kidde Portable Equipment Company due to malfunctions preforming and possibly with the overall setup of them.
Two types of these fire extinguishers are being recalled, those which have plastic handles as well as those which are push-button Pindicator fire extinguishers.
There has been one death involving these extinguishers, resulting from a car crash and fire. The first responders were unable to get the device working.
So far, there have been approximately 391 reports of faulty extinguishers or those which do not discharge when needed. Along with over 15 injuries as well as 91 reports of property damage being reported due to the fire extinguishers.
The recall includes models from as far back at 1973 and as recently as this year. This is the third recall that Kidde has had to do for these types of extinguishers, the other in 2009 and 2015.
Reports say that the plastic handles can break off, the extinguishers can become clogged or need the use of excessive force to be able to activate them. Kidde has issued the recall for over 130 models of the plastic handle extinguishers as well as eight models of the push-bottom Pindicator extinguishers.
Kidde has sold these products to popular stores throughout the United States, including Home Depot, Menards, Walmart and Amazon.
This is a very scary situation, if you are at home and a fire starts, your fire extinguisher may be your only hope to save your house and belongings but even yourself. A good home insurance plan would help in the case of a fire in the home, but having a properly working fire extinguisher is a necessity.
Make sure to check your fire extinguisher at home to see if you have one of the models issued for recall, it can mean the difference between life and death.