Fire extinguisher manufacturer Kidde, in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), has initiated a voluntary recall to replace certain Kidde fire extinguishers.
A faulty valve component can cause the disposable fire extinguishers not to fully discharge when the lever is repeatedly pressed and released during a fire emergency, posing a risk of injury. About 4.6 million extinguishers are affected that were sold nationwide between August 2013 and November 2014.
Thirty-one models of the disposable fire extinguishers are affected. The extinguishers are red, white, or silver with black plastic valves and ABC or BC rated and manufactured in Mexico between July 23, 2013 and October 15, 2014 and sold at department, home, and hardware stores as well as some marine supply stores. Some of the affected extinguisher models were designed for the boating market and have a nameplate on the front with the names Mariner 10, Mariner 110, Mariner 5, and Mariner 5 G.
To see details about which fire extinguishers are affected and to arrange for a replacement, visit www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2015/Kidde-Recalls-Disposable-Plastic-Fire-Extinguishers.
The CPSC said that Kidde has received 11 reports of fire extinguishers that failed to discharge, but no injuries have been reported. In a statement, Kidde said it has corrected the issue for production going forward, and are working with customers to obtain all recalled units currently in stock.