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RV manufacturers offer remedies to Kidde fire extinguisher recall

UNITED STATES — Kidde has recalled more than 40 million fire extinguishers used in homes, vehicles, and boats because they can become clogged or fail to discharge during a fire, reported Consumer Reports. The company has received one report of a related death in 2014, when a fire extinguisher failed to work during a car fire. There have been 16 injuries, 91 reports of property damage, and 391 reports of the extinguishers either not working at all or not working properly. But the numbers don’t stop there. The recall includes 134 models manufactured as far back as 1973 and as recently as August 2017. All the units have a plastic handle or plastic push button. Units with a metal handle or valve assembly are not included in the recall. The plastic handles and buttons can break or detach when force is applied. The fire extinguishers were sold under dozens of different brand names, all listed on the Consumer Product Safety Commission recall notice. The RV industry is among the industries largely impacted by this serious recall. Manufacturers are offering consumers with a means of replacing the potentially defective units. See the remedies, listed by manufacturer:   Cruiser RV Cruiser RV (Cruiser) is recalling certain 2016-2017 Boss, Full House and Fun Finder Signature, 2018 Embrace and Striker FW, 2013-2016 Enterra and View Finder Signature, 2006-2016 Fun Finder, 2007-2015 Fun Finder Xtra, 2015-2017 Fun Finder Xtreme Lite and Shadow Cruiser Ultra Lite, 2016-2018 MPG, 2013-2017 Radiance, 2017-2018 Radiance Ultra Lite, 2010-2016 Shadow Cruiser, 2015-2016 Shadow Cruiser LE, 2017 South Fork, 2014-2018 Striker, 2009-2016 View Finder Lite, 2006-2007 Liberty, 2007 Land Roamer, 2009-2012 View Finder Toy Hauler, and 2006-2013 Fun Finder X recreational vehicles, equipped with certain Kidde Plastic-Handle or Push Button ‘Pindicator’ Fire Extinguishers. These extinguishers may become clogged, preventing the extinguisher from discharging as expected or excessive force may be needed to activate the extinguisher. Additionally, in certain models, the nozzle may detach from the valve assembly with enough force that it could cause injury and also render the product inoperable. For a full list of the affected fire extinguisher models visit: https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2017/RMISC-17E062-5427.pdf Remedy Cruiser will notify owners, instructing them to contact Kidde for a replacement fire extinguisher, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin Jan. 22. Owners may contact Cruiser customer service at 1.866.277.5630, or Kidde customer service toll free at 1.855.271.0773, or online at www.kidde.com and click on ... Read More »