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More than 40 million Kidde fire extinguishers recalled

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More than 40 million fire extinguishers, made by Kidde, are being recalled over concerns that they may fail to activate in an emergency.

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of Kidde disposable fire extinguishers, some on the market for more than four decades, after reports of one car fire death.

The recall includes about 37.8 million units in the U.S., in addition to 2.7 million in Canada.

According to the agency, one death in 2014 resulted from a car fire following a crash, where emergency responders could not get the recalled Kidde fire extinguishers to work.

According to CPSC, the fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency. In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.

There have been approximately 391 reports of failed or limited activation or nozzle detachment, including the fatality, approximately 16 injuries, including smoke inhalation and minor burns, and approximately 91 reports of property damage, CPSC noted.

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