Fire extinguishers recalled after hundreds of reported failures


On November 2, Kidde announced a recall on their fire extinguishers with plastic handles due to failure to discharge and nozzle detachment.

Everington and many others with Greenville Fire/Rescue have been busy inspecting fire extinguishers and smoke detectors, too.

Health Canada says the fire extinguisher can become clogged or require excessive force to operate and may fail during a fire. First responders could not get the recalled Kidde fire extinguishers to work. "In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard".

Kiddie extinguishers are sold at home and hardware stores across the nation. They also report approximately 91 reports of property damage.

A faulty fire extinguisher was linked to a 2014 death involving a fiery crash. It includes models that were previously recalled in March of 2009 and February of 2015, the commission said Thursday.

The fire extinguishers were also sold with commercial trucks, recreational vehicles, personal watercraft and boats.

In 2014, extinguishers failed to function as they should for emergency personnel responding to a fiery auto wreck.

Kidde is offering a free replacement to those who enter their model number online.

NewsChannel 10 spoke to both Amarillo Fire and Potter County Fire officials about the recall. Matthew McFarland, a firefighter with Unified Fire Authority, joined Brian Carlson Friday to show consumers how to use an extinguisher and how to tell when something.