WASHINGTON — The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with Flushmate, New Hudson, Mich., a division of Sloan Valve Co., has announced a voluntary recall of the Flushmate III Pressure-Assist Flushing System. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Approximately 2,330,600 units have been installed in the U.S. and 9,400 in Canada.
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 or laceration hazards to consumers and property damage.
Flushmate has received 304 reports of the product bursting, resulting in property damage and 14 impact or laceration injuries.
This recall is for Series 503 Flushmate III Pressure Assist flushing systems installed inside toilet tanks. The recalled systems were manufactured from October 1997 to February 2008. The units are rectangular, black, two-piece vessels made of injection molded plastic. The date code/serial number 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 this recall begins with 101497 (October 14, 1997) and continues through 022908 (February 29, 2008).
Toilets with the flushing system were sold through distributors and plumbing contractors nationwide and at The Home Depot and Lowe's stores for about $108. Toilets containing the system include American Standard, Crane, Eljer, Gerber, Kohler, Mansfield and St. Thomas.
Consumers should immediately turn off the water supply to the recalled Flushmate III unit and stop using the system. Consumers should contact the firm to determine if their Flushmate III serial number is included in the recall and to request a free repair kit.
For more information, contact Flushmate toll-free at 800/303-5123 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.flushmate.com and http://recall.flushmate.com
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Experiences may be reported at SaferProducts.gov.