Flushmate Recalls Another Pressure-Assisted Toilet Flushing System Units can burst, causing injuries and property damage By Mary H.J. Farrell

flushmateThe recall: The recalled Flushmate II 501-B pressure-assisted flushing systems included in this recall were sold individually and installed in toilets manufactured by American Standard, Corona, Crane, Kohler, and Mansfield.
The flushing systems were manufactured between September 1996 through December 2013. They are rounded oval, black, two-piece vessels made of injection molded plastic and have a date code/serial number that is 15 characters long and located on the label on top. (Read the full recall notice from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.)
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 (Sept. 3, 1996) through 120713 (Dec. 7, 2013). The model code is 10 characters long and is located on the same label. The model code starts with M and ends with F.

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The risk: The system can burst at or near the unit’s weld seam in the middle of the unit and release stored pressure. That pressure can lift the tank lid and shatter the tank, posing impact and laceration hazards to consumers, as well as the possibility of property damage.

Incidents/injuries: Flushmate has received 1,453 reports in the U.S. and Canada of the units bursting, resulting in 23 injury reports, with one requiring foot surgery, and property damage totaling about $710,000.

Where and when sold: The toilet inserts were sold at Home Depot and Lowe’s stores, as well as by toilet manufacturers, distributors, and plumbing contractors nationwide. They were also sold online at grainger.com, hdsupply.com, homedepot.com, and other online retailers from September 1996 through December 2015 for about $108 for the units without toilets.

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

Contact the manufacturer: To contact Flushmate, call 844-621-7538 or go to flushmate.com/501B-recall. Flushmate is sending notices of the recall to consumers who registered their products.

Report a defective product: Call the CPSC hotline at 800-638-2772 or go to saferproducts.gov.