More than 40M fire extinguishers that may not work recalled

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DETROIT (AP) – More than 40 million fire extinguishers in the U.S. and Canada are being recalled because they might not work in an emergency.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says on its website that it’s aware of one death because of a problem with extinguishers made by Kidde. In 2014, extinguishers didn’t work for emergency responders who were trying to fight a car fire after a crash.

The recall covers 134 models of push-button and plastic-handle extinguishers made from 1973 through Aug. 15 of this year.

The government says the extinguishers can become clogged. Also, the nozzle can come off.

Owners should contact Kidde to ask for a replacement and for instructions on how to return recalled models.

“The safety recall involves many of the Kidde Company plastic handled fire extinguishers dating from 1973 to August 2017,” Paul Dicky, director of the Niagara County Department of Health’s Environmental Health Division, said. “The Healthy Neighborhood Program has distributed the fire extinguisher model currently under recall. This Department encourages all owners of Kidde Fire Extinguishers verify they have an eligible fire extinguisher for a free replacement.”

Kidde can be reached at (855) 271-0773 or at www.kidde.com.

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