Kidde Recalls More Than 40 Million Fire Extinguishers

The nozzle can also come off and cause an impact hazard.

They are in millions of homes as a precaution and serve as extinguishers ready to tackle small household fires.

The recalled extinguishers were sold at The Home Depot, Sears, Menards, Montgomery Ward, Amazon, ShopKidde.com and other hardware stores and websites nationwide.

The company urged consumers to consult their extinguisher's model number, serial number and date code and cross-check the device with the recall list and fill out a form.

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The recall covers 134 models of push-button and plastic-handle extinguishers in the USA and Canada made from 1973 to 15 August 2017. It also includes eight push-button models manufactured between 1995 and September 22, 2017.

The federal government is launching a massive fire extinguisher recall. While the recall goes back 44 years, no one should keep a fire extinguisher that long. The company issued a recall of millions of extinguishers as they may not work in an emergency. Sixteen of those incidents resulted in injuries, including burns and smoke inhalation, the CPSC said.

If you have questions on the recall, you can contact Kidde toll-free at 855-271-0773 from 8:30 a.m.to 5 p.m. EST Monday through Friday or 9 a.m.to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Those fire extinguishers have a metal handle and are safe to use.

In response to the recall, Kidde said in a statement that "customer safety is our first priority" and that it working with authorities to "ensure that affected fire extinguishers are replaced as quickly as possible".

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