Commercial Vessel Compliance

11/13/2017: Safety Alert 12-17 – Fire extinguishers recalled due to failure to discharge

The office of Investigations and Casualty Analysis issued Safety Alert 12-17 to inform mariners of a recall of certain models of Kidde brand fire extinguishers. Nearly 40 million extinguishers involving 134 different models have been recalled. These fire extinguishers were manufactured between January 1, 1973 and August 15, 2017, including models that were previously recalled in March 2009 and February 2015. The extinguishers were sold in red, white, and silver cylinder colors and are rated as either ABC or BC.

The Coast Guard strongly recommends that all persons owning fire extinguishers read the following information and access the hyperlink for specific recall information.

This product recall involves two styles of Kidde disposable fire extinguishers: Plastic handle fire extinguishers and plastic push-button fire extinguishers. This recall does not include Kidde Professional or Badger branded fire extinguishers. Units with metal handles/valve assemblies are not included in the recall.

Read the full announcement on the Consumer Product Safety Commission website.

Safety Alert 12-17 is provided for informational purposes only and does not relieve any domestic or international safety, operational or material requirement. Developed and distributed by the Office of Investigations and Casualty Analysis, Washington DC. Questions may be sent to


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