There are certain safety products that simply need to work. Failure is not an option when a product or device is a last line of defense against a fatal accident or serious injury. When safety products have serious issues, injury, disability and even death can result. The companies who made, sold and distributed these defective products may end up liable for those injuries and deaths in a court of law.
Consumers have the right to a reasonable expectation of proper performance when purchasing an item. This is particularly true when it comes to safety items, like fire extinguishers. When manufacturers fail to adequately test products or when a production flaw gets overlooked, it can put people at unnecessary risk. Currently, there is a massive recall of Kidde Brand fire extinguishers. There is also at least one fatality reportedly connected to the failure of these devices.
Forty million fire extinguishers just got recalled
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, these fire extinguishers could end up clogged or need excessive force to properly function. That can leave people unable to use them in an emergency situation. It is also possible for the nozzle of the fire extinguisher to detach and potentially injure someone on impact.
The reported fatality associated with this recall happened back in 2014, when emergency responders had an issue with a fire extinguisher. There have been another 391 reports of non-functioning units, including 16 injuries and more than 90 cases of property damage.
Is your extinguisher included in the recall?
There are two fire extinguishers included in this recall. One involved plastic handle fire extinguishers made between 1973 and 2017. These were products sold by major retailers, including Walmart, Menards, The Home Deport, Amazon.com and the company's direct website. Sometimes this model was part of a purchase package included with the sale of commercial trucks, boats and similar recreational vehicles. The affected models are white, red or silver and have either an ABC or BC rating.
The push button Pindicator fire extinguisher is also recalled. It was manufactured between 1995 and 2017. These models are white or red with a red or black nozzle, and typically sold for kitchen and personal watercraft use.
When products fail, consumers must take action
In order to protect yourself and your family, you should check your fire extinguishers and make arrangements for a replacement as part of the recall if needed. When products that consumers rely on fail, the end result can be catastrophic.
When there's an injury or death related to a recalled product, it makes sense to consider all your options for compensation. A civil lawsuit can incentivize the company to adhere to better standards in the future, while also offsetting your medical expenses, property damage or other losses.