Fire extinguishers may fail to activate, 1 fatality reported

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There have been almost 400 reports of extinguishers malfunctioning, resulting in 16 injuries and one death. A massive recall has been issued for fire extinguishers that might not work during an emergency.

More than 37.8 million Kidde fire extinguishers are being recalled because they may not work during a fire. The nozzle can also detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard, the commission reports.

They were sold at Menards, Montgomery Ward, Sears, Home Depot, Wal-Mart and other home and hardware stores, as well as on Amazon.com, ShopKidde.com and assorted online retailers. There have been almost 400 reports of failed or limited activation or nozzle detachment, including the case of the fatality, about 16 injuries, including smoke inhalation and minor burns, and roughly 91 reports of property damage.

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The push-button pindicator fire extinguishers were sold in red and white, and with a red or black nozzle, primarily for kitchen and personal watercraft applications. The company also said it is working with the CPSC and other authorities to "ensure that affected fire extinguishers are replaced with different models as quickly as possible". Canada is also recalling nearly 3 million additional extinguishers.

A faulty Kidde extinguisher may have played a role in the death of 22-year-old Brendan Rosko in a vehicle wreck in Pennsylvania in August 2014. No injuries had resulted from those malfunctions at the time of the recalls. Please supply the model number, year of manufacture, the unit's date code and serial number. A 22-year-old Pennsylvania man named Brendan Rosko died in 2014 as a result of two Kidde fire extinguishers failing in the victim's 2014 auto crash, according to ABC News.

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