37 Million Fire Extinguishers Recalled After Failure To Discharge
On November 2, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of about 37.8 million plastic handled fire extinguishers made by Kidde. The recall claims the fire extinguishers, “can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency. In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.”
The agency said there has been 391 reports of failed or limited activation or nozzle detachment, including one death, 16 injuries and about 91 reports of property damage. In 2014, there was a death involving a fiery vehicle crash and first responders blamed the faultiness of the fire extinguisher.
Kidde Fire Extinguisher Recall Information
This expansive recall encompasses several models of fire extinguishers produced between 1973 and 2017, including models listed in previous recalls. The fire extinguishers were sold at many popular retailers, including The Home Depot, Menards, Montgomery Ward, Sears, Walmart and other retailers nationwide, and online at Amazon.com, ShopKidde.com and other online retailers for between $12 and $50 and for about $200 for model XL 5MR. The faulty fire extinguishers may have also been sold with commercial trucks, recreational vehicles like RVs and trailers, boats and personal watercrafts.
You can review the full fire extinguisher recall list and more product information here. Consumers are also encouraged to call Kidde toll-free at 855-271-0773 or learn at www.kidde.com and click on “Product Safety Recall.”
Unsafe Products Can Cause Serious Injury
You should be able to trust that a life-saving product like a fire extinguisher is safe when used as directed during an emergency situation. Unfortunately, people are injured while using consumer products at home, in schools, and in the workplace each day. When an individual is injured while using a consumer product, he or she may make a claim for damages through a product liability lawsuit. This means a seller, distributor, supplier, or manufacturer can be held liable for introducing a defective product into people’s lives.
Defective product cases can be very complex and expensive, especially since the opposition is usually a large company with a department full of lawyers and legal staff ready to fight against your claim. You need a law firm with substantial experience and resources to support and protect your rights. Rhoads & Rhoads has a reputation for being an aggressive personal injury firm that gets results, and we genuinely care about you, your family, and ensuring you are compensated appropriately for the injuries you have sustained.
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If you have been injured because of a recalled Kidde fire extinguisher, or the product failed to work and caused damage to property or the wrongful death to someone you love, contact us. With offices in Owensboro and Madisonville, Rhoads & Rhoads represents product liability victims in Western Kentucky and we offer free initial consultations. All cases are taken on a contingency fee basis with no payment required up front. We get paid only if we win or settle your case, so there is NO RISK involved.
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