Nearly 38 million Kidde fire extinguishers are being recalled over a potential defect that may cause them to “possibly fail to work during an emergency,” according to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC).
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was injured, died, or had property damage as the result of a defective fire extinguisher, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a suit and our lawyers can help.
Update: Kidde Issues 2nd Massive Fire Extinguisher Recall
March 23, 2018 – About 452,000 smoke detectors that could fail when you need them most are being recalled by Kidde, less than a year after the company called back 37 million additional extinguishers, according to a CPSC Recall Announcement issued Wednesday. The problem with the extinguishers in the new recall is suspected to be a yellow cap that was accidentally left on during the manufacturing process which could cover one of the smoke sensors, affecting the device’s ability to detect smoke.
What’s the Problem?
Fire extinguishers are one of those products you buy hoping you’ll never have to actually use, like a first-aid kit or a panic room. You’ll probably never need it, but in the unlikely event that you do, you want it to work – as directed, the first time. Your home and the lives of your loved ones depend on it. But if you bought a Kidde fire extinguisher between 1973 and 2017 (in other words, over the past 43 years), you may be out of luck if stuff goes up in flames.
At least one death has been linked to the recalled Kidde fire extinguishers, which occurred in 2014 when one of the devices’ nozzles detached during a car fire, CPSC said. In total, the commission is aware of at least 391 similar reports which resulted in 16 injuries and 91 property damage claims.
“The recall involves 134 models of Kidde fire extinguishers manufactured between January 1, 1973 and August 15, 2017, including models that were previously recalled in March 2009 and February 2015,” CPSC said in the recall notice. “The extinguishers were sold in red, white and silver, and are either ABC- or BC-rated.”
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Model numbers on recalled fire extinguishers are printed on the device’s labeling. For units made in 2007 or later, the manufacture date is a 10 digit code printed on the side of the cylinder near the bottom. Digits 5-9 represent the day and year of manufacture in DDDYY format.
Date codes for recalled extinguishers made from January 2, 2012, to August 15, 2017 are 00212 through 22717. For units produced before 2007, a date code is not printed on the fire extinguisher, CPSC said.
Do I Have a Kidde Fire Extinguisher Recall Lawsuit?
The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Kidde fire extinguisher recall lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new personal injury and property damage cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you were injured, died, or had property damage as the result of a defective fire extinguisher, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.