More than 40M fire extinguishers that may not work recalled

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(U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission) More than 40 million fire extinguishers made by Kidde in the U.S. and Canada are being recalled because they might not work in an emergency. (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission) More than 40 million fire extinguishers made by Kidde in the U.S. and Canada are being recalled because they might not work in an emergency.

DETROIT (AP) -- More than 40 million fire extinguishers in the U.S. and Canada are being recalled because they might not work in an emergency.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says on its website that it's aware of one death because of a problem with extinguishers made by Kidde. In 2014, extinguishers didn't work for emergency responders who were trying to fight a car fire after a crash.

The recall covers 134 models of push-button and plastic-handle extinguishers made from 1973 through Aug. 15 of this year. More than 37 million of the recalled extinguishers were sold in the United States, while an additional 2.7 million were sold in Canada.

The government says the extinguishers can become clogged. Also, the nozzle can come off and pose an injury hazard.

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

Kidde can be reached at 855-271-0773 or at www.kidde.com.

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