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Nearly 40 Million Kidde Fire Extinguishers Recalled

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says some extinguishers can clog, while nozzles can pop off of others with enough force to injure.

STATEWIDE -- If you own a Kidde fire extinguisher, there's a good chance it's being recalled.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled 37.8 million fire extinguishers because they might not work in an emergency.

The CPSC says the extinguisher's plastic handle or push button (also known as a pindicator) can fail, clogging it so no product will come out. Nozzles can also pop off "with enough force to become "a dangerous projectile", according to CBS News

The CPSC says one person has died while trying to fight a fire with a faulty Kidde extinguisher. Sixteen other people have been injured.

About The Recall 

The recall involves 134 models made between January 1, 1973 and August 15, 2017 and includes models that were previously recalled in 2009 and 2015. 

The extinguishers were sold in white, silver and red and are either ABC- or BC-rated.

Kidde will replace the fire extinguisher for free for one with metal parts. To see if your fire extinguisher is on the recall list, visit the CPSC here

(Photo by the CPSC.)

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