The system can burst at or near the vessel weld seam, releasing stored pressure

Flushmate III Pressure-Assist Flushing System / Flushmate Recalls Pressure-Assisted Flushing Systems Due to Impact and Laceration Hazards
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July 14, 2016

Flushmate has issued a recall of approximately 453,000 (plus an additional 12,000 in Canada) Flushmate III Pressure-Assist Flushing Systems because of a risk that the system may burst.

The system can burst at or near the vessel weld seam, releasing stored pressure. This pressure can lift the tank lid and shatter the tank, posing impact and laceration hazards to consumers and property damage.

This recall is for Series 503 Flushmate III Pressure Assist flushing systems installed inside toilet tanks that were manufactured from July 2009 through April 2011. The units are rectangular, black, two-piece vessels made of injection-molded plastic.

Recalled units have a date code/serial number 16 characters long and located on the label on the top of the system. The first six numerals of the serial number are the date code. The date code range for units included in this recall in MMDDYY format is 070109 (July 1, 2009) through 043011 (April 30, 2011).

Units included in this recall were sold individually at Home Depot and Lowe's stores, toilet manufacturers, distributors and plumbing contractors nationwide from 2009 through 2011 for about $108 for the units without toilets. They were installed in toilets manufactured by American Standard, Copperfit, Crane, Ecotech, Eljer, Gerber, Kohler, Lamosa, Mancesa, Mansfield, Orion, St. Thomas, Universal Rundle, Vitra, Vitromex, Vortens, and Western Pottery.

Flushmate has received two reports of the units included in this recall bursting and resulting in property damage, including one report of a minor injury.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled Flushmate III systems, turn off the water supply to the units, flush the toilet to release the internal pressure, and contact the firm to request a free repair kit.

This is not the first time that Flushmate has recalled this system. The company previously issued a recall for the same systems manufactured from 1997 until 2008, and later expanded on that recall.

For more information on this recall, consumers can contact Flushmate at (800) 303-5123.