FAA Wants Kidde Extinguishers Removed

 - October 11, 2007, 5:21 AM

Nearly 40,000 Kidde Aerospace halon fire extinguishers will have to be removed from service, under a proposed airworthiness directive. The FAA said the discharge time of the handheld units (part number 898052 and serial number of W-389653 or lower in units built between 1995 and 2002) exceeds the maximum allowable discharge time due to an allegedly crimped siphon tube. Compliance would be required within six months of the effective date of the AD. Comments are due July 14. For further information, contact the FAA’s Charles Bowser in Atlanta at (770) 703-6047.