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Government Recalls Defective Fire Extinguishers Following 16 Injuries and 1 Death


The federal government has issued a massive recall for 37.8 million Kidde fire extinguishers following 400 reports of the extinguishers malfunctioning during emergencies. The malfunctions have been linked to 16 injuries and one death.

About the Kidde Fire Extinguisher Recall

According to CBS News, the recall affects extinguishers that date back decades with some models having previously been recalled for other issues. The recall states that extinguishers with plastic handles and push button pindicators can clog, resulting in a failure to discharge. Nozzles can also pop off with enough force to be a dangerous projectile.

The extinguishers were sold for domestic use as well as for use by emergency responders. CBS News cited a 2014 incident in which an extinguisher used by first responders malfunctioned as they attempted to extinguish a fire following a car crash in Pennsylvania. The malfunction led to the death of Brendan Rosko. Rosko’s family received a settlement from Kidde following his death.

Kidde will replace the defective extinguishers for free. New extinguishers will be made with metal parts instead of plastic.

Models Affected by the Kidd Fire Extinguisher Recall

  • Plastic-handle models produced between January 1, 1973 and October 25, 2015:
    • 2A40BC
    • 6 RAP
    • 6 TAP
    • Ademco 720 1A10BC
    • Ademco 722 2A40BC
    • ADT 3A40BC
    • All Purpose 2A40BC
    • Bicentenial RPS-2 10BC
    • Bicentenial TPS-2 1A-10BC
    • Costco 340
    • FA 340HD
    • FA240HD
    • FC 340Z
    • FC Super
    • FC210R-C8S
    • Fire Away 10BC Spanish
    • Fire Away 1A10BC Spanish
    • Fire Away 2A40BC Spanish
    • Fireaway 10 (F-10)
    • Fireaway 10BC
    • Fireaway 110 (F-110)
    • Fireaway 1A10BC
    • Fireaway 240 (F-240)
    • Fireaway 2A40BC
    • Force 9 2A40BC
    • FS 340Z
    • Fuller 420 1A10BC
    • Fuller Brush 420 1A10BC
    • FX210
    • FX210R
    • FX210W
    • FX340GW
    • FX340GW-2
    • FX340H
    • FX340SC
    • FX340SC-2
    • Gillette 1A10BC
    • Gillette TPS-1 1A10BC
    • Home 10BC
    • Home 1A10BC
    • Home 2A40BC
    • Home H-10 10BC
    • Home H-110 1A10BC
    • Home H-240 2A-40BC
    • Honeywell 1A10BC
    • Honeywell TPS-1 1A10BC
    • L. 2A40BC
    • L. TPS-1 2A40BC
    • Kadet 2RPS-1 5BC
    • Kidde 10BC
    • Kidde 1A10BC
    • Kidde 2A40BC
    • Kidde 40BC
    • Kidde RPS-1 10BC
    • Kidde RPS-1 40BC
    • Kidde TPS-1 1A10BC
    • Kidde TPS-1 2A40BC
    • KX 2-1/2 TCZ
    • Mariner 10BC
    • Mariner 1A10BC
    • Mariner 2A40BC
    • Mariner M-10 10BC
    • Mariner M-110 1A10BC
    • Mariner M-240 2A40BC
    • Master Protection 2A40BC
    • Montgomery Ward 10BC
    • Montgomery Ward 1A-10BC
    • Montgomery Ward 8627 1A10BC
    • Montgomery Ward 8637 10BC
    • Quell 10BC
    • Quell 1A10BC
    • Quell RPS-1 10BC
    • Quell TPS-1 1A10BC
    • Quell ZRPS 5BC
    • Sams SM 340
    • Sanford 1A10BC
    • Sanford 2A40BC
    • Sanford TPS-1 1A10BC
    • Sanford TPS-1 2A40BC
    • Sears 2RPS   5BC
    • Sears 58033 10BC
    • Sears 58043 1A10BC
    • Sears 5805  2A40BC
    • Sears 958034
    • Sears 958044
    • Sears 958054
    • Sears 958075
    • Sears RPS-1 10BC
    • Sears TPS-1  1A10BC
    • Sears TPS-1 2A40BC
    • Traveler 10BC
    • Traveler 1A10BC
    • Traveler 2A40BC
    • Traveler T-10 10BC
    • Traveler T-110 1A10BC
    • Traveler T-240 2A40BC
    • Volunteer 1A10BC
    • Volunteer TPS-V 1A10BC
    • XL 2.5 TCZ
    • XL 2.5 TCZ-3
    • XL 2.5 TCZ-4
    • XL 2.75 RZ
    • XL 2.75 RZ-3
    • XL 2-3/4 RZ
    • XL 340HD
    • XL 4 TXZ
    • XL 5 PK
    • XL 5 TCZ
    • XL 5 TCZ-1
    • XL5 MR
    • XL 6 RZ
  • Plastic-handle models with date codes between January 2, 2012 and August 15, 2017:
    • AUTO FX5 II-1
    • FA10G
    • FA10T
    • FA110G
    • FA5-1
    • FA5G
    • FC10
    • FC110
    • FC5
    • FS10
    • FS110
    • FS5
    • FX10K
    • FX5 II
    • H110G
    • H5G
    • M10G
    • M10GM
    • M110G
    • M110GM
    • M5G
    • M5GM
    • RESSP
  • Push Button Pindicator Models manufactured between August 11, 1995 and September 22, 2017:
    • KK2
    • 100D
    • 210D
    • M5P
    • M5PM
    • AUTO 5FX
    • AUTO 5FX-1
    • FF 210D-1

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