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More than 40M fire extinguishers that may not work recalled

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In addition, the CPSC says the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.

If you have a fire extinguisher in your home, you need to check it.

They were sold at every kind of store, from 20th century brick-and-mortar stalwarts such as Montgomery Ward and Sears to big boxes such as Walmart and The Home Depot to online retailers such as Amazon.com and ShopKidde.com.

The agency noted that it had received 16 reports of injuries, which varied from smoke inhalation to minor burns, as well as 91 cases of property damages related to the Kidde fire extinguishers.

The faulty extinguishers are equipped with plastic handles and push-buttons and can become clogged.

A recall of two styles of Kidde fire extinguishers was issued on Thursday.

A faulty Kidde extinguisher may have played a role in the death of 22-year-old Brendan Rosko in a auto wreck in Pennsylvania in August 2014. The model number is printed on the fire extinguisher's label. You can also go to www.kidde.com and click on "Product Safety Recall" for more information.

Almost 38 million extinguishers are on the recall list. No injuries had resulted from those malfunctions at the time of the recalls. Or you can call the company at (855) 271-0773.

Kidde, based in Mebane, NC, is offering replacements, not refunds. Those fire extinguishers have a metal handle and are safe to use.

Note: This recall includes fire extinguisher models that were previously recalled in March 2009 and February 2015. Please supply the model number, year of manufacture, the unit's date code and serial number.