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Kidde fire-extinguisher recall and Ram RVs

by David Zatz on

Got a Ram-based RV from Midwest Automotive Designs? Their Ram ProMaster-based custom vans and camper vans have Kidde fire extinguishers which have been recalled. (If you chose the Mercedes version, you’re still affected — going back to 2014.)

Indeed, if you have a Kidde fire extinguisher in your house or trunk, it’s time to check it; a wide range of their products have been recalled, both plastic-handle and “pindicator” models. There are two problems: they might not work when needed, and the nozzle could detach with great force, adding injury to, well, injury.

The recall claims to only cover certain extinguishers, but we found, of three identical-looking units (which all matched the picture of a “safe” unit), two were recalled and one was not.

Most classic car shows require that owners carry a fire extinguisher in their vehicle, and most experienced owners have one in their garage (and kitchen); it would be a good time to check these, because if they are subject to the recall, you can get a brand new unit (in one case, a far better one than the returned unit). The replacements have metal handles.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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