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Bacchus 11-02-2017 01:06 PM

Expanded Kidde Fire Extinguisher Recall
 
Recently announced expansion of the Kidde Fire Extinguisher Recall

When / If we ever need one of these we are counting on them working not
failing or worse injuring you or others.

Worth checking yours and passing info on to others.

Kidde Recalls Fire Extinguishers with Plastic Handles Due to Failure to Discharge and Nozzle Detachment: One Death Reported

HiDHo 11-02-2017 02:26 PM

:Thanx: Mine checked okay.

psneeld 11-02-2017 02:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HiDHo (Post 606642)
:Thanx: Mine checked okay.

Wow.....all 7 of mine were on the list, a couple old ones from 2001 to the 4 from 2016 and 2017.

The list suggested every boat extinguisher with plastic handles.

How did yours escape?

What a PIA as the website looms slow and you cant get through on the phone.....plus shipping will be nuts on 7 extinguishers....hope they let me go through a local dealer.

jleonard 11-03-2017 08:26 AM

I won't be able to check mine until May. Maybe things will be settled down by then.

Larry M 11-03-2017 09:18 AM

I just got off the phone which Kidde. We have 3 that are recalled. They will send replacements within 15-20 days and instructions on what to do with the old ones. I gave them the model #, s/ns and a mailing address. They gave me a case number if we have any questions but no email confirmation. The call took 9 minutes. It was pretty painless, for me anyway. I wouldn’t want to be owning any Kidde stock right now.

psneeld 11-03-2017 09:30 AM

Thanks, being on the road isnt helping me on this one for them to catch up.

Gordon J 11-03-2017 09:54 AM

Two of my three we’re on the recall list. I went to the website and filled in the information. At the end of the process they said they would be sending replacements to my home address in the next 15 to 20 days. Of course the problem is I won’t be home in Virginia in 15 to 20 days but in Vero Beach. I wish they had told us at the beginning but the process was so I could have had it sent to the Vero Beach Marina.

psneeld 11-03-2017 11:59 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gordon J (Post 606834)
Two of my three we’re on the recall list. I went to the website and filled in the information. At the end of the process they said they would be sending replacements to my home address in the next 15 to 20 days. Of course the problem is I won’t be home in Virginia in 15 to 20 days but in Vero Beach. I wish they had told us at the beginning but the process was so I could have had it sent to the Vero Beach Marina.

Did the website let you list 2 at a whack or the whole process twice?

When I started, it looked like one at a time which I refuse to do 7 times....I will just wait on the phone.

I am going to try and see if I can swap at a dealer someplace as their issue has become a bigger issue of mine.

Capecodder 11-03-2017 12:20 PM

I was able to do all four of mine at one time on the web site, a little clunky as I had to do a new search for each one. I wonder how they can ship out 30 to 40 million replacements in two to three weeks.... the recall goes back to 1973....

Larry M 11-03-2017 12:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by psneeld (Post 606861)
...I am going to try and see if I can swap at a dealer someplace as their issue has become a bigger issue of mine.

I asked what to do with the old ones. The guy on the line said instructions will come with the replacements. I bet Kidde is still trying to figure that part out.

Comodave 11-03-2017 04:55 PM

I just called and they are replacing all 6 of that type on my boat. Pretty easy to do.

seasalt007 11-03-2017 05:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Larry M (Post 606876)
I asked what to do with the old ones. The guy on the line said instructions will come with the replacements. I bet Kidde is still trying to figure that part out.

I once left a large un-certifiable Halon bottle outside the local fire station in the middle of the night. Couldn't sell it (couldn't ship it to anyone without a hazardous material permit), couldn't give it away and did not want to put it into a dumpster.

So...I too wonder what Kidde is going to do.

I finally got the website to respond this afternoon and have two new ones on the way.

MartySchwartz 11-03-2017 07:33 PM

Considering the amount of powder in 34+ million extinguishers it is probably cost-effective for them to collect them all and reuse the powder. Regardless, what ever they want to do with these four recalled bottles is entirely up to them. Luckily these are not the only extinguishers I have on board. The rest have metal handles.

Marty.....................

BruceK 11-06-2017 06:05 PM

Please forgive the drift, but whether or not your extinguishers are included in the recall, if they are powder type as the recalled models seem to be, check for the powder packing itself solid. The pressure gauge will still read ok, but the solid powder won`t eject when operated.
Powder types need routinely removing from their brackets and shaking the powder to keep it usable. If anyone has better thoughts on maintenance please publish.

psneeld 11-06-2017 06:13 PM

Someone not too long ago posted new powder doesnt pack....

Would love to see a link to confirm that.

Busy researching other TF myths. :)

BruceK 11-06-2017 06:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by psneeld (Post 607676)
Someone not too long ago posted new powder doesnt pack....

Would love to see a link to confirm that.

Busy researching other TF myths. :)

I`d like to see that too.
Years ago fellow car rally competitors had a fire, only way to use it was to smash the extinguisher body and throw handfuls of powder on the fire. It`s a real danger most don`t pick up on, misled by the gauge reading ok.

psneeld 11-06-2017 06:34 PM

Yep...as posted, love to see lots of support that powder after a certain date doesnt pack.

Till then, I still whack them and let them sit upside down when not cruising.

Larry M 11-06-2017 07:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by psneeld (Post 607689)
...Till then, I still whack them and let them sit upside down when not cruising.

:thumb: I was taught to “shake it” and use a rubber mallet against the sides while inverted annually to make sure the powder hasn’t caked. I usually blow off our expired extinguishers, sometimes with fire for practice but if for nothing else to see if they work as advertised. No failures yet, thankfully. What a mess though. :)

Comodave 11-06-2017 07:06 PM

I had always promoted shaking the extinguisher upside down to break up the powder. As a Vesel Examiner, we are now told not to recommend that. I don't know just when this occurred since I was inactive for quite a few years as a VE. But currently it is not recommended. They say there are anti caking chemicals added not to prevent it from happening.

psneeld 11-06-2017 07:25 PM

Proof is in the white paper.

After 23 years in and anotherv15 in close consult with the USCG...I wiuld like to see something in writing.


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