Kidde is recalling nearly 40 million fire extinguishers made between 1973 and 2017 because they may fail to work when needed, according to a warning from the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC).
Free Confidential Lawsuit Evaluation: If you or a loved one was injured, died, or had property damage as the result of a defective fire extinguisher, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a lawsuit and our lawyers can help.
Update: Kidde Issues 2nd Massive Fire Extinguisher Recall
March 23, 2018 – About 452,000 smoke detectors that could fail when you need them most are being recalled by Kidde, less than a year after the company called back 37 million additional extinguishers, according to a CPSC Recall Announcement issued Wednesday. The problem with the extinguishers in the new recall is suspected to be a yellow cap that was accidentally left on during the manufacturing process which could cover one of the smoke sensors, affecting the device’s ability to detect smoke.
What’s the Problem?
November 8, 2017 – The recalled fire extinguishers “could possibly fail to work during a fire emergency,” said CPSC Commissioner Ann Marie Buerkle. “In addition there’s one other problem where the nozzle could detach and that could result in injury.”
CPSC said it is aware of at least 391 reports linked to the recalled Kidde fire extinguishers, including one in 2014 in which a person died in a car fire when the extinguisher’s nozzle detached during use. At least 16 other injuries and 91 reports of property damage have also been linked to the devices, CPSC said.
Model numbers on recalled fire extinguishers are printed on the device’s labeling. For units made in 2007 or later, the manufacture date is a 10 digit code printed on the side of the cylinder near the bottom. Digits 5-9 represent the day and year of manufacture in DDDYY format.
Date codes for recalled extinguishers made from January 2, 2012 to August 15, 2017 are 00212 through 22717. For units produced before 2007, a date code is not printed on the fire extinguisher, CPSC said.
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The recall affects 142 models of Kidde fire extinguishers with plastic handles and push button “pindicators,” some of which have been sold since 1973.
Kidde said it would replace the defective fire extinguishers for free.
Why Our Firm is Opposed to Filing a Class Action in the Kidde Fire Extinguisher Litigation
Although we are a nationally recognized class action firm, the Products Liability Litigation Group at Schmidt & Clark, LLP, is not filing such a claim over injuries and/or property damage alleged from defective Kidde fire extinguishers. In these types of cases, class action lawsuits often result in “low-ball” settlement agreements and higher attorney’s fees. We want to maximize all client’s payouts, and for this reason are only filing individual claims on behalf of people who were injured or had property damage.
Do I Have a Kidde Fire Extinguisher Recall Lawsuit?
The Class Action Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Kidde Fire Extinguisher Recall Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new personal injury, wrongful death or property damage cases in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you or a loved one was injured, died, or had property damage as the result of a defective fire extinguisher, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a lawsuit and we can help.