The CPSC issued a recall for 167,000 Kidde fire extinguishers.  According to the CPSC, the hazard posed by the extinguisher is that the “pressurized cylinders in the recalled fire extinguishers could lose pressure and fail to operate. In the event of a fire, this failure could put a consumer and property at risk”.

The recall applies to “Kidde XL Fire Extinguishers with 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 can be found on the label on the front of the extinguisher. The manufacture year is on the bottom of the extinguisher. If your extinguisher is one of the listed model numbers and is marked with the year 07 or 08, contact Kidde to determine if you have a recalled extinguisher”.

The extinguishers were sold at stores across the country from October 2007 through April 2008 for $35.  If your extinguisher has lost pressure, the meter on the extinguisher will be in the redzone.  Contact Kidde for a free replacement if your extinguisher has lost pressure.