Leading fire extinguisher manufacturer Kidde is recalling some 40 million plastic-handled and push button fire extinguishers because they may fail in an emergency.
The recall covers 134 different models sold from 1973 through August 15, 2017. This includes models previously recalled. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission says the units can become clogged and fail to spray. The nozzle may also fall off.
The CPSC says that there have been 391 reports of extinguishers failing to function.
Owners should contact Kidde to ask for a free replacement and for instructions on how to return recalled models. Kidde can be reached at (855) 271-0773 or at www.kidde.com .
Kidde, based in Mebane, N.C., near Raleigh, says it has worked closely with the government to start the recall and make sure the extinguishers are replaced with different models as quickly as possible. The company also makes smoke detectors and other fire safety products.
Kidde's website offers a lookup tool to help consumers identify units included in the recall.