Kidde is recalling 40 million fire extinguishers manufactured between January 1973 through August 2017.
Some of the recalled models have been on the market for more than four decades.
The possible affected devices may require excessive force to discharge or even fail to activate, according to a Consumer Product Safety Commission press release. Also, the nozzle can come off. The recall involves two styles of Kidde fire extinguishers: extinguishers with plastic handles and push-button Pindicator fire extinguishers. Also, there were about 91 reports of property damage linked to the problem.
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Working in partnership with the manufacturer and the Council of Canadian Fire Marshals and Fire Commissioners and Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs, the OFC asks all Manitobans to check their fire extinguishers. The company also makes smoke detectors and other fire safety products. Extinguishers are red, white or silver and sold in the US and Canada through a wide range of retailers.
Affected consumers should immediately contact Kidde for a free replacement fire extinguisher.