Cincinnati Recall Lawyer and Consumer safety Attorney reviewing Almost 40 million Defective Fire Extinguishers Recalled Nationwide
On November, 2017, Kidde issued a recall of 37.8 million fire extinguishers sold across the United States because they have repeatedly failed to work properly. The fire extinguishers, most with plastic handles, may become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can malfunction during a fire emergency. In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force and pose an impact hazard.
Kidde, the manufacturer of the defective fire extinguishers, said it was aware of one death related to the extinguishers in 2014. The company has also acknowledged at least 390 cases in which the extinguishers were reported to have failed to activate, activated only partially, or had the nozzle detach. The extinguishers have been involved in more than 90 reports of property damage and several reported fire-related burn and smoke inhalation injuries. The various models, which feature plastic handles or push-buttons, were manufactured between 1973 and August, 2017. Some of the same models were recalled previously in 2009 and 2015.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), in 2016 there were 1,342,000 fires reported in the United States, causing 3,390 civilian deaths and over $10 billion in property damage.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati recall lawyer and Ohio personal injury attorney representing plaintiffs nationwide in a wide variety of consumer product liability and product defect cases.
The majority of the Kidde models recalled are plastic-handle extinguishers or pindicator no-gauge push-button extinguishers. The potentially defective models listed below were sold primarily for use in kitchens, commercial trucks, recreational vehicles, boats and personal watercraft. They were sold at stores nationwide, including Amazon, Walmart, The Home Depot, Sears, Menards, and Montgomery Ward. Check the full list on the CPSC Web site to see if any fire extinguishers you own are part of the recall.
In recent years, victims and families of victims who have been injured or died in part from defective fire extinguishers and fire alarms have filed successful claims against the responsible manufacturers, businesses or property owners, and have been rightfully compensated for medical expenses, pain and suffering and the loss of life.
In September, 2017, a Texas woman filed suit after malfunctioning fire alarms and empty fire extinguishers led to the death of her daughter. In May, 2017, the family of an Alabama man settled a $6 million lawsuit after a defective fire extinguisher played a part in his wrongful death.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury due to defective fire extinguishers, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care in Ohio, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer these critical questions.