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37 Million Fire Extinguishers Recalled From Homes, Vehicles, RVs, and Boats

Jason Reese

Do You Have a Recalled Kidde Fire Extinguisher in Your Home, Business, RV, or Boat?

Earlier this month, the Consumer Product Safety Commission put out the recall for more than 37 million Kidde fire extinguishers with plastic handles, the kind commonly used by homeowners as a safety guard against unexpected fires. The recall claims 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.”

CPSC informed the public through the recall that there have been 391 reports of failed, limited activation or nozzle detachment of the extinguishers. Sadly, one death from 2014 when the extinguisher failed during a fiery vehicle crash has also been reported. In addition, 16 injuries and about 91 reports of property damage are said to have occurred.

What Consumers Need to Know, What to Check

The fire extinguishers were sold at many popular retailers, including The Home Depot, Menards, Montgomery Ward, Sears, Walmart and retailers nationwide, and online for between $12 and $50 and around $200 for the XL 5MR extinguisher. Several models of Kidde fire extinguishers produced between 1973 and 2017, including models listed in previous recalls, are also being covered. The fire extinguishers could have been sold with commercial trucks or recreational vehicles like RVs, trailers, boats, and personal watercrafts. Owners of those equipment should also take the time to check extinguishers.

For the full fire extinguisher recall list visit or read about the recall and product information here. Consumers are also encouraged to call Kidde toll-free at 855-271-0773 with any questions.

Kidde’s Design Defect and Product Liability

Product liability refers to the responsibility of the manufacturer or producer of a product, making a product available for the general public that is dangerous, defective, harmful, or otherwise unsafe to use and does not meet the standards for safety. The responsible parties can include the company that made or produced the product, the maker of parts for a product, and/or the store that ultimately sold the product to consumers.

There is a possibility that Kidde and its responsible parties may face several product liability cases with this recall because of the faulty design defect. Product liability injuries and a tragic death have already occurred because the fire extinguishers available for consumer use, were defective, not safe, and did not perform within the manufacturers original intent.

Wagner Reese Defective Product Attorneys Can Help

If you or a loved one have sustained an injury due to a Kidde Fire Extinguisher, or property damage has occurred, contact the lawyers of Wagner Reese. With decades of experience in fighting back against manufacturers and corporations of all kinds, and holding them to higher standards to produce quality materials that won’t injure or harm people, the lawyers at Wagner Reese know how to help you. Simply send us a message, and one of our attorneys will review your information, and respond promptly. If you wish to speak with us, please call (888) 204-8440.


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