In one of the largest recalls in U.S. government history authorities ordered a recall of millions of defective fire extinguishers in 2017. Now, a new report is shedding light on the extent of the problem.
WRAL.com reports that for years before issuing recalls in 2015 and 2017 fire extinguisher manufacturer Kidde had allegedly been hiding problems with its fire extinguishers, including suffering from defects that could prevent the extinguishers from working properly. The revelation comes after Consumer Reports sifted through thousands of documents and discovered the true extent of the problem.
In addition to failing to report the defects that affected the original fire extinguishers, Kiddie also sent out defective replacements, later claiming that they had been “damaged in transit.”
The Department of Justice brought charges against Kiddie for knowingly misleading the government as to the full extent of the problems. WMActionnews5.com reports that a court recently ordered the company to pay a $12 million fine as part of a consent decree.
Despite the settlement, Kiddie did not admit to any wrongdoing.
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