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"Kiddie" fire extinguisher recalled after one death and 16 injuries

The nozzle can also come off and cause an impact hazard.

The recalled units were sold at Menards, Montgomery Ward, Sears, The Home Depot, Walmart and other department, home and hardware stores nationwide, and online at Amazon.com, ShopKidde.com and other online retailers for between $12 and $50; one model sold for roughly $200.

One death has been reported in connection with the faulty fire extinguishers, the Consumer Product Safety Commission reports.

Almost 40 million fire extinguishers in the U.S. and Canada have been recalled, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

The federal government is launching a massive fire extinguisher recall, covering almost 38 million Kidde extinguishers. Two Kidde fire extinguishers brought in by first responders failed to put out the fire on Rosko's body, leading to the 22-year-old's deth. Customers should call the company at 855-271-0773, 8:30 a.m.to 5 p.m.

McMullen says Kidde's huge market share makes the recall worrisome.

The fire extinguishers date back to 1973. You can also go to www.kidde.com and click on "Product Safety Recall" for more information.

Roughly 37.8 million potentially defective extinguishers are now in circulation across the country, according to the recall notice. The new extinguishers contain metal parts instead of plastic.

If Kidde determines that you have an affected model, the company says it will send you a replacement within 10 to 15 business days.

It includes models that were previously recalled in March of 2009 and February of 2015.