|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|May 30, 1991
|Release # 91-080
Explosion Hazard of Fire
Extinguishers Prompts American LaFrance and BECO Recall
WASHINGTON, DC -- Two models of American LaFrance
fire extinguishers and one model of BECO fire extinguishers, which were manufactured from
May 1985 through December 1985, are being recalled by Badger-Powhatan of Charlottesville,
VA in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
The plastic valve and nozzle assembly of the three models of fire extinguishers could blow
off with enough force to cause serious injury, due to a defect in the threads connecting
the nozzle assembly to the red cannister. Badger-Powhatan has received reports of 100
explosion incidents. While there have been only three injuries reported by the
manufacturer, there have been several incidents in which the nozzle assembly blew off with
sufficient force to imbed it in a wall or ceiling.
Approximately 84,000 American LaFrance and BECO fire extinguishers, models P-250MA and
P-275RA, are being recalled. The model numbers and serial numbers of these recalled
extinguishers are printed on the cannister label and include the following:
||FS024000 through FS087500
||FS834501 through FS836000
||FM947501 through FM949500
The fire extinguishers were sold nationwide in retail stores for approximately $9 to $15
each, or were installed by contractors and manufacturers in buildings, boats, or mobile
Badger-Powhatan advises its customers to check all American LaFrance and BECO fire
extinguishers for the model numbers and serial numbers identified above. Consumers are
cautioned to handle the fire extinguisher carefully with the nozzle assembly pointing to
the ground and return it to the nearest authorized American LaFrance or BECO distributor.
For the location of the nearest distributor, consumers may call Badger-Powhatan at
1-800-922-3499 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).
A free replacement fire extinguisher will be given to consumers by the American LaFrance
or BECO distributor in exchange for any recalled extinguishers.
CPSC learned of the fire extinguisher problem from Georgia Fire Department personnel, who
reported five explosion incidents involving the defective models.
The CPSC is announcing this recall program as part of its mission to protect the public
from unreasonable risks of injury and death associated with consumer products. The CPSC is
the Federal agency responsible for product safety. Some 15,000 different kinds of consumer
products fall within the Commission's jurisdiction and each year these products are
involved in an estimated 29 million injuries and 22,000 deaths.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000
types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product
or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call
CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a
press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax
machine and enter the release number. Consumers can report product hazards to email@example.com.