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Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
Dec 7th, 2017 03:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

I came across this on an RV forum but it applies to a number of their plastic handle extinguishers. As I have at least eight (hey, I live in the country) various Kiddes going back to 1992, I checked my models and serial numbers against the list. In my case, we are good to go but if you have a recalled model, Kidde will be replacing it at no charge (and, I believe, picking up the affected model).

Kidde recall website

HenryJ
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Dec 7th, 2017 03:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

I bought a new one to replace one that was probably expired.

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
Dec 7th, 2017 03:49 PM   Edit   Profile  

Some of mine go back to 1992. I asked about this as the new extinguishers have Dispose By dates. Kidde told me that if the needle was in the green, they were good to go regardless of age.

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Chuck Finley is forever.
Dec 7th, 2017 04:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

They are replacing one of mine under this recall.


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Dec 7th, 2017 04:19 PM   Edit   Profile  

I also have a number of extinguishers between a primary and a secondary residence plus a sailboat for which I just replaced two last summer.., and guess what - those are two of the four being replaced.

Here in Canada, the Canadian government have a big publicity campaign to help citizens.

Not a good situation in my mind. The question is: What next? Kidde sells all kinds of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. This has made me lose confidence in their gear.

Check your extinguishers folks. They make them under different trade names. Two of mine are labelled “Garrison” and they are on the list to go back.

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Dec 7th, 2017 04:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

I thought my two (from a Value Twin Pack) were recall items, as the model and mfr. date were on the list. Then I noticed the photo in the circle that told me that mine weren’t recalls at all. ( I should have watched the video first.)

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Dec 7th, 2017 05:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have one of the models that is on the recall list. It is a very old extinguisher!

Thanks for this info Chris.
bikrcoy is getting a new Kidde.

bikrcoy
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Jan 3rd, 2018 09:17 AM   Edit   Profile  

I just received my new Kidde fire extinguisher via FedEx, so their recall process does work!

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
Jan 3rd, 2018 10:00 AM   Edit   Profile  

I got a new extinguisher the other day as well. The odd thing is that even though a couple models I own were on the list, none of the serial numbers were affected according to their phone rep. I have no idea which extinguisher this is supposed to replace and after three attempts at calling them again and getting stuck on permahold three times, I gave up.

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Jan 3rd, 2018 10:53 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'll be checking my garage extinguisher when I get home after work.

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Jan 3rd, 2018 11:37 AM   Edit   Profile  

I believe I have one under my sink in the kitchen, I should check on it.

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Jan 3rd, 2018 12:30 PM   Edit   Profile  

Whew, my First Alert checks out okay...made in Mexico. Contents manufactured in Jiangsu Province, China, of course.

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Jan 3rd, 2018 12:38 PM   Edit   Profile  

Mine are all relatively new (3-4 years) and have metal handles -- so not under recall. I keep them all mounted on a wall in plain sight so it's easy to keep an eye on the gauges every couple of months.

Mine are all rechargeable -- I did that once and for the cost and effort it didn't make any sense. So after that, I just replaced all of them.

tom l
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Jan 3rd, 2018 02:19 PM   Edit   Profile  

The replacement I received was a much better, commercial quality Kidde unit, so it was worth it to me.

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Jan 3rd, 2018 04:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'll have to check what is out in the boat and see if it's plastic handled.

As for Kedde's comment that if the gage is in the green it's good to go I don't agree. That white powder will cake at the bottom of the cylinder and you will not get a complete empty if needed. This happens over years of storage however.

You should pull them off the wall occasionally (yearly) invert them and tap the base with a rubber mallet to loosen the ingredients. Then you are good to go with a gage in the green.

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
Jan 3rd, 2018 05:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hammond, very interesting post. Some of my units are from 1997. If I were smart, I'd should probably replace all of them. None of them are newer than 10 years old.

bikrcoy
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Jan 3rd, 2018 05:33 PM   Edit   Profile  

Here is the pdf file for the plastic handled units. Also, it is not just for Kidde branded extinguishers, it is also for many other branded units that Kidde makes for them.

Kidde list

Hammond101
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So. Cal. USA

Jan 3rd, 2018 05:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

CG, for I while I worked for a fire systems company part time. I worked nights when companies where only available evenings to have there equipment serviced.

If you take a unit that has been sitting for years and drain the charge, open the top and turn it over......nothing comes out. They are fine after a tap job however.

I'd whack 'em a few times and be done with it as long as they are properly charged.

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
Jan 3rd, 2018 06:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

"They are fine after a tap job however.

I'd whack 'em a few times and be done with it as long as they are properly charged."

That's what she said!

(sorry, I've been watching reruns of The Office...)

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Jan 4th, 2018 08:51 AM   Edit   Profile  

I got a free new one after calling in. It took about a month. Put the old one in the new ones box and ship it back for free.

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