Exploding Toilet Tanks Prompt Flushmate Recall – CPSC

by Bamidele Ogunberu Posted on October 23rd, 2018

Bethesda, Maryland, USA:  The Flushmate II 501-B pressure-assisted flushing system can burst at weld seams and cause pressure that “can lift the tank lid and shatter the tank, posing impact and laceration hazards to consumers and property damage,” the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, CPSC, said in a recall statement.

Flushmate, a division of Illinois-based Sloane Valve Co., said it’s received 1,446 reports of bursting systems since 1996, with nearly two dozen associated injuries. The exploding systems have also caused about $710,000 in property damage.

About 1.4 million systems were sold in the United States between 1996 and 2013, for about $108 per unit, and another 17,000 were sold in Canada.

Buyers were told by the CPSC to contact Flushmate at 844-621-7538 or www.flushmate.com for a free replacement unit. They were also advised to immediately turn off water systems and flush the toilet to release any internal pressure.

Recalled products have a 15-character code number visible on a label attached to the unit.

The products were sold by plumbing distributors, as well as by Lowe’s and Home Depot. Another model, the Series 503 Flushmate III, was the subject of three recalls, in 2012, 2014 and 2016.

Description:

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 units are rounded oval, black, two-piece vessels made of injection molded plastic. 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.

Remedy:

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. Consumers should contact Flushmate to request a free Flushmate replacement unit and installation by a technician.

Incidents/Injuries:

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.

Sold At:

Home Depot and Lowe’s stores, toilet manufacturers, distributors and plumbing contractors nationwide and online at www.grainger.com, www.hdsupply.com, www.homedepot.com and other online retailers from September 1996 through December 2015 for about $108 for the units without toilets.

Manufacturer(s):

Flushmate, of New Hudson, Mich., a division of Sloan Valve Company

Manufactured In:

USA

Recall number:

19-012

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC’s work to help ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals -– contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.

Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.

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Bamidele Ogunberu

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