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2.7 million Canadian fire extinguishers recalled for being defective
A well known company is recalling 37 million fire extinguishers in the U.S. and 2.7 million in Canada because they can get clogged or require excessive force to discharge and won’t work in an emergency.
Kidde Corporation, based in North Carolina., said Thursday it is recalling 134 different brands of fire extinguishers manufactured between Jan. 1, 1973, and Aug. 15, 2017. The recall includes models that were recalled two years ago.
Alongside the CPSC in the U.S., Health Canada says it has received two reports of failed activation in Canada, one involving property damages. No one was injured in either incident.
Health Canada is asking anyone with an affected fire extinguisher to contact the company at 1-855-233-2882.
In the U.S. customers are asked to call 1-855-271-0773.
The company says customers will be sent a replacement unit, free of charge, within two weeks, and no proof of purchase is required.
Sedarat says the recall should serve as a reminder to Canadians that are cutting corners with fire safety. He recommends one up-to-date extinguisher on every level of a home, displayed prominently. “It’s a matter of prevention,” he said, “it’s like insurance.”
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