Safe Boating Friday – Kidde Fire Extinguisher Recall


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In conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Kidde announced a recall to replace certain Kidde fire extinguishers. The replacement program was initiated because certain fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to activate, posing a risk of failure to discharge. In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard. The product recall involves two styles of Kidde disposable fire extinguishers: plastic handle fire extinguishers and plastic push-button fire extinguishers.

Review the below Fire Extinguisher Recall Identification Guide to help determine if you have an affected fire extinguisher, then select the appropriate option at the bottom:


At Kidde, the safety of our customers is our priority. We have identified a potential product safety issue related to certain fire extinguishers. 

As a result, Kidde is voluntarily recalling these extinguishers. This guide will help you identify whether your fire extinguisher is included in the recall, and show you where to find the information needed to process your request for a free replacement.


Affected Fire Extinguishers with Plastic Handlesspacer

There are two styles of fire extinguishers included in the recall: certain plastic handle fire extinguishers and push-button Pindicator fire extinguishers. 

If the extinguisher has a gauge, the first thing to look for is a vertically oriented pull pin that is either fixed with two connections or hanging with a single connection.


spacerRECALLEDverticle pull pin detailCertain affected fire extinguishers also have a straight plastic handle.straight handleAffected Plastic HandleAffected Plastic HandlespacerRECALLEDaffected push-button pindicatorsAffected Push-Button Pindicatorsaffected push-button pindicatorsPush-Button Pindicator Fire ExtinguishersThe other type of affected extinguisher is the push-button Pindicator design. These extinguishers have push buttons, and a T-shaped pull pin and a loop handle. These units come in two sizes and are either red or white.spacerNote to Personal Watercraft OwnersNote to Personal Watercraft OwnersIf your push-button Pindicator model is used with a personal watercraft, Kidde does not currently have an exact replacement for it, but will provide a replacement that is U.S. Coast Guard rated, and similar in size. While it may not fit in the same location as the extinguisher that you currently have, there may be another space on your watercraft where the extinguisher can be stored or mounted.NON-AFFECTED


Non-Affected Fire Extinguishers with Metal HandlesIf your extinguisher has a metal handle and metal pull pin – in any style – it is not affected.Non-affected Metal HandlesNon-Affected Metal Straight HandleNon-Affected Fire ExtinguishersNon-Affected Fire ExtinguishersNon-Affected Fire Extinguishers with Plastic Handles

Plastic handle extinguishers with horizontal plastic pull pins and a curved black plastic handle are also not affected. 

These units come in various sizes and are either red, white or silver and can be ABC or BC rated but the important thing to remember is the horizontal plastic pull pin and curved black plastic handle.

Non-Affected Plastic Curved HandleNon-Affected Fire ExtinguishersNon-Affected Fire ExtinguishersspacerspacerFor more information about how to determine if your extinguisher is affected, click here:Youtube Video



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