Kidde Fire Extinguishers Recalled

Kidde has announced the recall of Plastic handle fire extinguishers

The recall involves 134 models of Kidde fire extinguishers manufactured between January 1, 1973 and August 15, 2017, including models that were previously recalled in March 2009 and February 2015.

The recall affects boat owners because of the requirements by various governmental agencies that regulate documentation or registration of vessels such as the United States Coast Guard and Transport Canada.  Potentially a boat owner could be found to be in violation of these regulations because they could be found to have no valid fire extinguishers aboard.  There is no evidence that this might occur.  Who knows how the insurance industry will react.

Owners should immediately inspect their fire extinguishers and contact Kidde if they suspect that they have any recalled extinguishers aboard.

For more information see the following links:

For vessels that have recalled extinguishers--and are away from their home port--could experience some logistical problems in exchanging the fire extinguishers.  To ensure that you meet the required fire extinguisher regulations you might want to purchase the minimum required number of fire extinguishers to have aboard until the replacements can be obtained.  Don’t give your insurance company any excuse to deny a fire-related claim.

Dennis Ross, MMS
Marine Surveyor
S/V Two Can Play
La Paz, BCS, Mexico


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