Millions of popular fire extinguishers recalled

Nearly 38 million fire extinguishers are being recalled and one death has been reported in connection with the product.

Kidde is recalling 37.8 million extinguishers with plastic handles because they can get clogged and potentially fail when you need them and the nozzle could come off, according to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission.  The recall was announced Thursday, November 2, 2017.

Click here to read the full recall alert

One person died back in  2014, after being involved in a crash and car fire, when responders couldn’t get the recalled Kidde fire extinguishers to work, according to CPSC.  To date, there have been 391 complaints about the product, 16 injuries and 91 reports of property damage.

The extinguishers were sold at Menards, Montgomery Ward, Sears, The Home Depot, Walmart, various home, department, and hardware stores and online, according to CPSC.  They were also sold with some commercial trucks, RVs, and boats.

134 models are included in this recall, sold in red, white and silver, with either an ABC- or BC-rating.  You can find the model number printed on the label.

  • If your extinguisher is a 2007 model or newer, the date of manufacture is a 10-digit date code printed on the side of the cylinder near the bottom.  Digits 5 through 9 are the day and year – DDDYY
  • Date codes for models made between January 2, 2012 through August 15, 2017 are “00212” through “22717”
  • Extinguishers made before 2007 will not have a date code.

*Scroll down to see all the model numbers that are included in this recall

Kidde is replacing these recalled units for free, so if you have you call Kidde for your replacement and instructions on how to return the extinguisher you have.  Their number is 855-271-0773, and they are open from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
You can also get more information on their website – click here for information about this particular recall. 

Plastic-handle models produced between January 1, 1973 and October 25, 2015
2A40BC Gillette TPS-1 1A10BC Sams SM 340
6 RAP Home 10BC Sanford 1A10BC
6 TAP Home 1A10BC Sanford 2A40BC
Ademco 720 1A10BC Home 2A40BC Sanford TPS-1 1A10BC
Ademco 722 2A40BC Home H-10 10BC Sanford TPS-1 2A40BC
ADT 3A40BC Home H-110 1A10BC Sears 2RPS   5BC
All Purpose 2A40BC Home H-240 2A-40BC Sears 58033 10BC
Bicentenial RPS-2  10BC Honeywell 1A10BC Sears 58043 1A10BC
Bicentenial TPS-2  1A-10BC Honeywell TPS-1 1A10BC Sears 5805  2A40BC
Costco 340 J.L. 2A40BC Sears 958034
FA 340HD J.L. TPS-1 2A40BC Sears 958044
FA240HD Kadet 2RPS-1   5BC Sears 958054
FC 340Z Kidde 10BC Sears 958075
FC Super Kidde 1A10BC Sears RPS-1 10BC
FC210R-C8S Kidde 2A40BC Sears TPS-1  1A10BC
Fire Away 10BC Spanish Kidde 40BC Sears TPS-1 2A40BC
Fire Away 1A10BC Spanish Kidde RPS-1 10BC Traveler 10BC
Fire Away 2A40BC Spanish Kidde RPS-1 40BC Traveler 1A10BC
Fireaway 10 (F-10) Kidde TPS-1 1A10BC Traveler 2A40BC
Fireaway 10BC Kidde TPS-1 2A40BC Traveler T-10 10BC
Fireaway 110 (F-110) KX 2-1/2 TCZ Traveler T-110 1A10BC
Fireaway 1A10BC Mariner 10BC Traveler T-240 2A40BC
Fireaway 240 (F-240) Mariner 1A10BC Volunteer 1A10BC
Fireaway 2A40BC Mariner 2A40BC Volunteer TPS-V 1A10BC
Force 9 2A40BC Mariner M-10  10BC XL 2.5 TCZ
FS 340Z Mariner M-110 1A10BC XL 2.5 TCZ-3
Fuller 420  1A10BC Mariner M-240 2A40BC XL 2.5 TCZ-4
Fuller Brush 420 1A10BC Master Protection 2A40BC XL 2.75 RZ
FX210 Montgomery Ward 10BC XL 2.75 RZ-3
FX210R Montgomery Ward 1A-10BC XL 2-3/4 RZ
FX210W Montgomery Ward 8627 1A10BC XL 340HD
FX340GW Montgomery Ward 8637  10BC XL 4 TXZ
FX340GW-2 Quell 10BC XL 5 PK
FX340H Quell 1A10BC XL 5 TCZ
FX340SC Quell RPS-1 10BC XL 5 TCZ-1
FX340SC-2 Quell TPS-1 1A10BC XL5 MR
Gillette 1A10BC Quell ZRPS  5BC XL 6 RZ

 

Plastic-handle models with date codes between January 2, 2012 and August 15, 2017
AUTO FX5 II-1 FC5 M10G
FA10G FS10 M10GM
FA10T FS110 M110G
FA110G FS5 M110GM
FA5-1 FX10K M5G
FA5G FX5 II M5GM
FC10 H110G RESSP
FC110 H5G

Push-button Pindicator fire extinguishers: The recall involves eight models of Kidde Pindicator fire extinguishers manufactured between August 11, 1995 and September 22, 2017. The no-gauge push-button extinguishers were sold in red and white, and with a red or black nozzle. These models were sold primarily for kitchen and personal watercraft applications.

Push Button Pindicator Models manufactured between  August 11, 1995 and September 22, 2017
KK2 M5PM
100D AUTO 5FX
210D AUTO 5FX-1
M5P FF 210D-1

Note from the CPSC:
“This recall includes fire extinguisher models that were previously recalled in March 2009 and February 2015. Kidde branded fire extinguishers included in these previously announced recalls should also be replaced. All affected model numbers are listed in the charts above.

Recall information for fire extinguishers used in RVs and motor vehicles can be found at http://www.NHTSA.gov.”