In addition, the CPSC says the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.
"If you attack a fire thinking you're going to put it out with a defective fire extinguisher and it doesn't work you put yourself in harm's way", McMullen said.
At least one death has been related to the problem (emergency responders could not get the recalled fire extinguishers to work following a fiery vehicle crash), along with 16 injuries, including smoke inhalation and minor burns, and approximately 91 reports of property damage.
The faulty extinguishers are equipped with plastic handles and push-buttons and can become clogged.
"Consumers with a recalled fire extinguisher should contact Kidde right away", says Wallace. They were manufactured between August 11, 1995 and September 22, 2017.
The CPSC reports there was a death in 2014 involving a auto fire where emergency responders used a Kidde fire extinguisher, but it did not work.
Kidde will replace the fire extinguisher for free for one with metal parts.
Kidde asked stores to stop selling the recalled models last month. Sixteen of those incidents resulted in injuries, including burns and smoke inhalation, the CPSC said.
The federal government has issued a massive recall on millions of fire extinguishers manufactured in North Carolina after a death was reported. Customers should call the company at 855-271-0773, 8:30 a.m.to 5 p.m. Please supply the model number, year of manufacture, the unit's date code and serial number. It also includes models that were previously recalled in March 2009 and February 2015.