Fire extinguishers could fizzle

Walter Kidde Portable Equipment Inc. of Mebane, N.C., has recalled about 167,000 Kidde XL fire extinguishers because cylinders could lose pressure, causing the extinguisher to lose force, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.

No incidents have been reported.

The recall covers model numbers FX340SC, FX340H, FX340GW, XL5MR, FX210R, FX340SC-2, FX210W, XL2.5TCZ-4, E-340-3 and with manufacture dates between October 2007 and April 2008. Kidde and the model number are on the label on the front of the extinguisher.

The extinguishers were sold at U.S. department, home and hardware stores from October 2007 through April 2008 for about $35 US.

Consumers should inspect the pressure gauge, and if it’s in the red zone, contact Kidde to receive a free replacement.
Consumers can call (888) 345-4407 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday for more information.

Recall notice

Company website