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Kidde recalls 37.8 million fire extinguishers

Kidde recalls 37.8 million fire extinguishers

BOSTON, Mass. — Fire extinguisher manufacturer Kidde is recalling 37.8 million extinguishers in the United States and another 2.7 million in Canada because of problems with the plastic handles.

The recall covers 134 models manufactured between Jan. 1, 1973 and Aug. 15, 2017. It also includes models that were previously recalled in 2009 and 2015.

“The fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency,” said a recall notice distributed by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. “In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.”

Recalled extinguishers were sold at retailers including Sears, The Home Depot, Walmart and Amazon.com. Some were also sold with commercial trucks, recreational vehicles and boats. Most cost between $12 and $50.

In one incident in 2014, the recall information said someone died when fire extinguishers failed to work following a car crash.

Approximately 391 failures have been reported, Kidde said. In addition to the one death, there are 16 reported injuries and 91 reports of property damage.

Customers are advised to contact Kidde for a replacement extinguisher. The company has set up a hotline at (855)271-0773, which is available from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday. Customers can also contact the company online at Kidde.com.

Model numbers can be found on the fire extinguisher label and manufacturing dates are found in a 10-digit date code printed on the side of the cylinder, near the bottom.

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
J.L. 2A40BC
J.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

SOURCE: Kidde press release

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Ronnie Garrett is the editor in chief of RV Daily Report. She's been a writer/editor for more than 25 years, working in law enforcement, aviation, supply chain and now the RV industry. She's not a stranger to RVs, however. She grew up camping, and still camps as many weekends as she can every year.

3 comments

  1. Things are not as easy as the Press Release make it seem!
    Here is my situation re the Product Recall:

    1. I have a Kidde 3-lb unit that was provided as an OEM component on my 2017 Winnebago Travato.
    I did not purchase this; it was supplied as part of the RV build.

    2. The Fire Extinguisher is “Made in Mexico.” It has an English/French label and is designated as a Kidde Canada “Elite 10 (E10)” Model. As such, it is not visible to the Kidde USA phone reps, nor can I process an online Request for Replacement.

    3. When contacting Kidde Canada, they do have the “Elite 10 (E10)” Model on their recall list, but they cannot process a Request for Replacement, as they cannot ship to a USA destination or Zip Code.

    4. So, to sum, I have a (Made in Mexico) USA (indirectly-purchased) OEM-provided fire extinguisher, that is labeled as a Canadian product, was provided as part of my RV purchase through a Winnebago Dealer, and cannot be processed via the current system established for this massive recall!

    5. I know that I am not alone in this regard!

    Still trying to be patient, and working through numerous music-on-hold options.
    Somebody help me!

    • The company is setting up a system that will allow RV dealers to service RV customers with defective units. Many more were sold through home supply stores.

    • I’m in the same boat with a Canadian E10 model that came on my Forest River MH. Canada will not ship to US and US doesn’t have it on their list and wouldn’t ship to Canada anyway. I contacted US Kidde and told them I purchased it in Canada and live in Texas. After 3 supervisors they said I would receive a new one in mail. I have not seen it yet but hopeful.

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