"Kiddie" fire extinguisher recalled after one death and 16 injuries

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The Kidde Company is recalling almost 38 million fire extinguishers because they may not work properly in a fire emergency. To see if your fire extinguisher is on the recall list, visit the CPSC here.

Consumers should immediately contact Kidde to request a free replacement fire extinguisher and for instructions on returning the recalled unit, as it may not work properly in a fire emergency.

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The recall also covers 134 plastic handle and push-button "Pindicator" models manufactured between 1995 and 2017, the agency said in a recall notice. In addition, the CPSC says the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.

Extinguishers have been sold at several stores including The Home Deport, Walmart and Amazon. Some commercial trucks, RVs and boats came with the fire extinguishers also. There have been roughly 16 injuries and 91 reports of property damage. Date codes for models manufactured from January 2, 2012 through August 15, 2017 are 00212 through 22717.

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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. 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".

"You're better off to have no fire extinguisher than a defective fire extinguisher", former California chief fire marshal James McMullen told CBS News. Canada is also recalling nearly 3 million additional extinguishers. Sixteen of those incidents resulted in injuries, including burns and smoke inhalation, the CPSC said.

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