37 million fire extinguishers recalled

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Some commercial trucks, RVs and boats came with the fire extinguishers also.

The recalled extinguishers were sold at The Home Depot, Sears, Menards, Montgomery Ward, Amazon, ShopKidde.com and other hardware stores and websites nationwide.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of more than 40 million Kidde disposable fire extinguishers Thursday, saying they may malfunction during an emergency.

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Owners should contact Kidde to ask for a free replacement and for instructions on how to return recalled models.

The recall involves two styles of Kidde fire extinguishers: Plastic handle fire extinguishers and push-button Pindicator fire extinguishers.

"You're better off to have no fire extinguisher than a defective fire extinguisher", former California chief fire marshal James McMullen told CBS News.

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Emergency crews couldn't get the extinguisher to work. This makes the extinguisher fail to operate and can potentially cause injury or even death if you're relying on a malfunctioning one to put out a fire.

The federal government has issued a massive recall on millions of fire extinguishers manufactured in North Carolina after a death was reported. Those fire extinguishers have a metal handle and are safe to use. The company also said it is working with the CPSC and other authorities to "ensure that affected fire extinguishers are replaced with different models as quickly as possible". No proof of purchase is required, however, a model number, year of manufacture, and the unit's date code and serial number must be provided.

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