"In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard", the announcement said.
They are in millions of homes as a precaution and serve as extinguishers ready to tackle small household fires.
The products 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 and for about $200 for model XL 5MR.
Almost 38 million Kiddie fire extinguishers with plastic handles are being recalled because they may not work in emergencies or the nozzles can detach, and one death has already been reported because of it. They were manufactured between August 11, 1995 and September 22, 2017. "You can find the model number and serial number on the unit's label".
Kidde has issued a fire extinguisher recall following the death of a Pennsylvania man in 2014.
"You're better off to have no fire extinguisher than a defective fire extinguisher", said former California chief fire marshal James McMullen. The company says about 2.7 million units are being recalled there.
A statement from Kidde reads in part: "customer safety is our first priority".
Injuries reported as a result of the malfunction include smoke inhalation and minor burns. To see if your fire extinguisher is on the recall list, visit the CPSC here.
Kidde extinguishers are manufactured in Mebane, North Carolina. It included models previously recalled in 2009 and 2015.