If you’re like me, you feel more burdened than relieved at the sight of a recall letter for your vehicle in the mailbox. I get them from time to time for my several year old Honda Odyssey. Even though recall repairs are free, it’s just a pain to trade a few hours of your life for something that probably won’t increase the safety of your vehicle that much.
I feel differently about recalls on smoke detectors or fire extinguishers. For one, it’s a simple matter to check if the recall applies to you (just look at the serial number on the unit) and life-saving equipment is just too important to ignore, in my opinion.
Recently, Kidde (a major manufacturer of fire extinguishers) issued a major recall on up to 4.6 million of their disposable plastic fire extinguishers. These are the kind you’ll often find in your RV or motorhome.
According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, a faulty valve may prevent full discharge of the fire extinguisher during use. 😯
You’ll find 31 models of Kidde disposal fire extinguishers included in the official recall notice.
Note: The last major Kidde fire extinguisher recall was about six years ago now, when Kidde said that some of their XL fire extinguishers made in Mexico between October 2007 and April 2008 might have an “off-specification” lubricant. This poor quality lubricant may cause the fire extinguisher to lose pressure faster than designed, making the fire extinguisher less effective when used. Go here for more information on this older recall announcement.
What You Need to Know About the Kidde Disposable Fire Extinguisher Recall
If your fire extinguisher meets the criteria of the recall, Kidde will replace it for free. Just call (855) 283-7991.
For more information or to determine if you own a recalled Kidde fire extinguisher, go to the link below…