A serious malfunction has resulted in burns, injuries and a death, causing Kidde to recall nearly 38 million fire extinguishers after numerous reports of the extinguisher failing to work in a fire or the nozzle becoming detached posing a hazard.

"The fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency. In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard."

The recall involves 134 models of Kidde extinguishers that were manufactured between January 1, 1973 to August 15, 2017. They are red, white or silver, and either ABC- or BC-rated.

Extinguishers manufactured in 2007 and beyond, the date of manufacture is a 10-digit date code printed on the side of the cylinder near the bottom. The model number is printed on the extinguisher's label.

Chances are very good you have one of the models that include plastic handles and push pin types. They were sold at Walmart, Home Depot, Sears and online at Amazon. About 391 reports of failed or limited activation or nozzle detachment have been filed.

Take full advantage of getting a brand new extinguisher. When it really matters, you need an extinguisher that works properly. So far 16 injuries, smoke inhalation, burns, one death and property damage have been reported.

Click HERE for a full list of model numbers included in the recall.

If you have one of these extinguishers, contact Kidde to request a free replacement and for instructions on returning the recalled one. You can reach Kidde at 855-271-0773 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. eastern time Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Or click HERE.