Emergency tools have to be functional when they are needed. If they are not, it could lead to serious injury or death depending on the circumstances. So, when it was revealed that millions of fire extinguishers all over the country may have a defect that prevents them from working, you can bet the Consumer Product Safety Commission acted quickly. However, action in this case may have come decades too late.
IF YOUR FIRE EXTINGUISHER WAS DEFECTIVE?
Kidde Fire Safety has been operating since 1917 after being founded by namesake Walter Kidde. This company has been producing fire safety solutions ever since, but when dealing with fire, you have to have a reliable tool. In the case of some Kidde fire extinguisher models, this may not have been the case.
Around 142 models of Kidde fire extinguishers manufactured between 1973 and September 22, 2017 have a range of problems that could prove disastrous for consumers. The faulty extinguishers are equipped with plastic handles and push buttons that may clog in an emergency situation. Worse yet, these plastic handles may also pose an impact risk if they detach from the device’s canister with enough force.
These defective safety devices have been sold in many places online, at Home Depot, Walmart, Sears and other brick and mortar retailers. And because they’ve been on the market for decades, they have spread all over the nation.
HAVE DEFECTIVE FIRE EXTINGUISHERS HURT ANYONE?
In Pennsylvania, a young man was driving down a road near Immaculata University when his car suddenly went off road. It took first responders only minutes to arrive at the crash, where the car was on fire and the young man was trapped. The rescuers first attempted to extinguish the car fire, however, their Kidde fire extinguishers clogged and failed. They tried to remove the man from the car instead, but the fire raged on too quickly and claimed the 22-year-old’s life.
The man’s family would later go on to file a lawsuit against Kidde for the faulty safety devices, that litigation is still pending, though a settlement may have recently been offered. Considering that these fire extinguishers have been on the market for many decades, even more injuries or deaths may have been caused by Kidde Fire Safety products. That means it is important for you to not only check your current fire extinguisher but you need to check with an attorney if you or a loved one were injured while trying to put out a fire in an emergency.