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2.7 million fire extinguishers recalled in Canada

Approximately 2.7 million Kidde and Garrison brand fire extinguishers have been recalled in Canada as part of a massive recall of 40 million devices in North America.

The recall includes two types of extinguishers: plastic-handled fire extinguishers and plastic push-button fire extinguishers. The recall in Canada involves 134 different models sold between Jan. 1, 1973 and Aug. 15, 2017. Some of the models in this recall have been previously recalled.

The size and colours of the recalled extinguishers vary. The plastic-handled models were sold in red, white and silver, with either an ABC- or BC-rating. The push-button extinguishers were sold in red and white, with a black or red nozzle.

Health Canada says “the fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail during a fire emergency.” Another risk is the nozzle detaching with such force that it could pose a hazard.

The recall requires the device be replaced. The date code range has been expanded for some of the previously recalled products. Check online here: http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2017/65014r-eng.php

In Canada, there have been two reports of the devices failing to work, one of which resulted in property damage. In the U.S. there have been nearly 400 reports of failed activation or nozzle detachment, with injuries and property damage reported.

The extinguishers have been sold at a number of retailers for use in homes or for professional purposes. Approximately 1.2 million units of the plastic handle extinguishers were sold in Canada (25.9 million in the USA) and about 1.5 million units of the push button extinguishers were sold in Canada (11.9 million in the USA).

The extinguishers were manufactured in the United States and Mexico.

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.

Consumers may contact Kidde toll-free at 855-233-2882 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday (excluding holidays), or between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on weekends.

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