Extinguishers Recalled; Fire Department Offers Clarification

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The consumer product safety commission has recalled more than 37 million Kidde Fire extinguishers because they can fail to activate or require excessive force to discharge due to a clogging issue.

In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose a hazard.

At least one death has been blamed on the faulty extinguishers. The recall involved more than 140 different models of kidde extinguishers produced between 19-73 and this past September.

List of models affected

The Rutherford County Fire Department offered to help anyone figure out if they need to replace their extinguisher.

"Get this stuff checked out. Make sure you have one that's not recalled, if it is, we've got contact information to get a replacement for it," said Lt. Matthew Lupo. "If you're not sure if it is or not, you can bring it by one of the stations here, we can check it out for you. And get you in touch with who you need to be in touch with."

Lupo said the Kidde brand is fairly common, and can be purchased at Walmart for a little as $20. However, those recalled pose a potential danger.

All of the information is available on the side of the cannister to get a replacement that Kidde said should work just fine.

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