Risk of Exploding Toilets Prompts Recall of Flushing System
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a recall alert on Flushmate III Pressure-Assist Flushing System. CPSC stated that 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 involves about 351,000 units sold in the U.S. and about 9,400 in Canada. The units were sold at Home Depot and Lowe's Stores, as well as through toilet manufacturers, distributers and plumbing contractors nationwide from 2008-2009. This recall expands on an existing recall from June 2012 of the same systems made from October 1997 through February 2008. At that time, 2.3 million units in the U.S. and 9,400 in Canada were recalled.
The Flushmate III Pressure-Assist Flushing System units affected by this recall are rectangular, black, two-piece vessels made of injection molded plastic. Recalled units have a date code/serial number that is 16 characters long and is located on the label on the top of the Flushmate III. 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 030108 (March 1, 2008) through 063009 (June 30, 2009).
The recalled Flushmate units were sold individually and installed in toilets manufactured by American Standard, Crane, Ecotech, Eljer, Gerber, Kohler, Mancesa, Mansfield, Orion, St. Thomas, Universal Rundle, Vitra, Vitromex, and Western Pottery.
For additional information on this recall, consumers can contact Flushmate toll-free at 800-303-5123.