CPSC, SFC America Announce Recall to Repair Fire Extinguishers

Approximately 51,000 fire extinguishers believed to be affected by recall


WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recalls in voluntary cooperation with the firms listed below. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Dry Chemical Fire Extinguishers

Units: About 50,900

Manufacturer: Strike First Corp., of Scarborough, Ontario, Canada.

Importer: Strike First Corporation of America (SFC America), of Front Royal, Va.

Hazard: The fire extinguishers can fail to discharge properly when the trigger is activated, which puts consumers at risk of fire-related injuries.

Incidents/Injuries: SFC America has received three reports of the fire extinguishers failing to discharge properly when activated. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The recall includes Strike First 2.5 lb and 5 lb dry chemical fire extinguishers with model numbers WBSF-ABC110AP, WBSF-ABC210AP, and WBSF-ABC340AP. The model number is located under the manufacturer’s address on the far right hand side of the instruction label. The recalled fire extinguishers have the following serial numbers:

Model Number/Serial Number Range

  • WBSF-ABC110AP/TC101566 through TC108819
  • WBSF-ABC210AP/TC114969 through TC135000, VV822001 through VV832000, and WH161001 through WH167622
  • WBSF-ABC340AP/TC135894 through TC142345

The serial number is located on the extinguisher's label, below the “UL” mark. The fire extinguishers are red, and designed for commercial, industrial, multi-residential and vehicle applications.

Sold at: Fire extinguisher dealers nationwide from December 2002 through April 2004 for between $13 and $21.

Manufactured in: Canada

Remedy: Consumers with fire extinguishers included in the recall should immediately contact SFC America for information on how to arrange to have their extinguishers repaired.

Consumer Contact: Call SFC America at (800) 255-5515 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the SFC America Web site at www.strikefirstusa.com.