Fire extinguishers may fail to activate, 1 fatality reported

Kidde recalls fire extinguishers that don't extinguish fires

Also, the nozzle can come off and pose an injury hazard.

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The recalled units were sold at Menards, Montgomery Ward, Sears, The Home Depot, Walmart and other department, home and hardware stores nationwide, and online at Amazon.com, ShopKidde.com and other online retailers for between $12 and $50; one model sold for roughly $200.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled various makes and models of Kidde fire extinguishers with plastic handles.

The recalled extinguishers date back decades and some models have been recalled before for other issues.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says 37.8 million Kidde fire extinguishers are being recalled. They were manufactured between August 11, 1995 and September 22, 2017.

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Canada has experienced a record-breaking wildfire season this year, and now it seems even having a fire extinguisher handy may not be enough for residents living in wildfire-prone areas.

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. Canada is also recalling nearly 3 million additional extinguishers.

In 2014, emergency personnel responded to a auto fire following a crash and could not get their fire extinguishers to work, resulting in a death.

Customers can contact Kidde for a free replacement and instructions on how to return recalled models.

Injuries reported as a result of the malfunction include smoke inhalation and minor burns. Or you can call the company at (855) 271-0773. The new extinguishers contain metal parts instead of plastic. To see if your fire extinguisher is on the recall list, visit the CPSC here.

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