Recall: Pressure-Assisted Flushing Systems Can Burst, Lifting Toilet Lid and Shattering Tank

There have bee 1,453 reports of bursting, resulting in 23 injuries and property damage totaling about $710,000

Recall: Pressure-Assisted Flushing Systems Can Burst, Lifting Toilet Lid and Shattering Tank
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October 19, 2018

It wasn't something you ate! Flushmate, in conjunction with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), has announced the recall of about 1.4 million pressure-assisted flushing systems installed inside toilet tanks. The system can burst, releasing stored pressure that can lift the tank lid and shatter the tank, posing impact and laceration hazards and causing property damage.

What's the problem?

This recall is for Flushmate II 501-B pressure-assisted flushing systems installed inside toilet tanks that were manufactured from September 3, 1996 through December 7, 2013. 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 different from the Series 503 Flushmate III, which was previously recalled in June 2012, January 2014, and July 2016.

Identifying the Product

The units are rounded oval, black, two-piece vessels made of injection molded plastic. It was sold Home Depot and Lowe's stores, toilet manufacturers, distributors and plumbing contractors nationwide and online from September 1996 through December 2015 for about $108 for the units without toilets.

Recalled units have a date code/serial number that is 15 characters long and is located on the label on top of the Flushmate II 501-B unit. 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 090396 (September 3, 1996) through 120713 (December 7, 2013). The model code is 10 characters long and is located on the same product label. The model code starts with M and ends with F. Units included in this recall were sold individually and installed in toilets manufactured by American Standard, Corona, Crane, Kohler and Mansfield.

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Injuries and Damage Reported

Flushmate has received 1,446 reports in the U.S. and 7 reports in Canada of the units included in this recall bursting, resulting in property damage, totaling about $710,000, including 23 injury reports with one requiring foot surgery.

Free Replacement with Installation

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled Flushmate II 501-B systems, turn off the water supply to the unit and flush the toilet to release the internal pressure. Contact Flushmate to request a free Flushmate replacement unit and installation by a technician.

Consumers can contact Flushmate toll-free at (844) 621-7538. Reference recall number 19-012.