4.6 million faulty fire extinguishers recalled

Apopka fire officials issue alert after resident's home damaged by fire


APOPKA, Fla. – The Apopka Fire Department sent out an alert on Tuesday about faulty fire extinguishers after a resident struggled to put out a fire with a recalled extinguisher last week.

Fire officials said the resident was trying to put out a fire at his home on Vine Court with the fire extinguisher, which was one of the 4.6 million recalled earlier this month for safety concerns. The home suffered $4,500 in damage, but no injuries were reported.

Kidde, a fire safety manufacturer, announced the recall Feb. 12 for 31 models of extinguishers created between July 23, 2013 and Oct. 15, 2014, according to a release.

The fire extinguishers were sold nationwide at stores, including Home Depot and Walmart, for prices ranging from $18 to $200. 

Kidde is urging people to check the 10-digit date code stamped on the side of the cylinder of the extinguisher. Date codes for recalled units manufactured in 2013 are "XXXX 20413 X" through "XXXX 36513 X." Recalled units in 2014 are "XXXX 00114 X" through "XXXX 28814 X."

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According to a release, the model numbers affected are: 10BC, 1A 10BC, 1A 10BCW, 2A10BC, 5BC, 5BCW, FA10G, FA110, FA5B, FC10, FC110, FC5, FH/ RESSP, FX10, FX10BC, FX10K, FX210, FX210R, FX210W, FX340GW, FX340SC, FX5II, KFH Twin, M110 Twin, M5 Twin, Mariner 10, Mariner 110, Mariner 5, Mariner 5 G, RESSP and XL 5MR.

The recall was issued based on 11 reports of fire extinguishers failing to discharge, with no injuries reported, officials said.

31 models of disposable fire extinguisher's that have been recalled

For more information, contact Kidde at 855-283-7991 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or at www.kidde.com.