Charles City, IA – A recall of two styles of Kidde fire extinguishers was issued on Thursday. The recall involves two styles of Kidde fire extinguishers which feature plastic handle fire extinguishers and push-button Pindicator fire extinguishers.
In 2015 – 2016 the Charles City Rotary Club distributed First Alert fire extinguishers, which are NOT a part of the recall. Those fire extinguishers have a metal handle and are safe to use.
The fire extinguishers that are being recalled were manufactured between January 1, 1973 and August 15, 2017 and were sold in red, white and silver and are either ABC – or BC – rated. The model number is printed on the fire extinguisher label.
For units produced in 2007 and beyond, the date of manufacture is a 10-digit code printed on the side of the cylinder, near the bottom. Digits five through nine represent the day and year of manufacture in DDDYY format. Date codes for models manufactured from January 2, 2012 through August 15, 2017 are 00212 through 22717. Units manufactured prior to 2007 do not have a date code printed on the fire extinguisher.
Kidde has announced it will replace defective extinguishers free with the new ones that are made with metal parts. The list of recalled models is available on the company’s website, as well as the website of the consumer Product Safety Commission, which is cpsc.gov.
Again, if you received a free fire extinguisher from the Charles City Rotary Club in 2015 and 2016, your fire extinguisher is not one that is on the recall list and is safe to use.