Alleged “Flushmate III” Exploding Toilets

Alleged “Flushmate III” Exploding Toilets

by September 14, 2012
Alleged “Flushmate III” Exploding Toilets

After people were injured by "exploding toilets" the Consumer Products and Safety Commission ordered a recall of over 2.3 million Sloan Flushmate III toilets.  This was a very popular toilet because of its of its powerful flush.  However, the system apparently wasn't strong enough to withstand the air and water pressure it created, causing the tank lid to rise and shatter the tank.  There have already been over 300 flushmate problems reported involving toilets that have burst causing plumbing and other damage to households. Even worse, many people have been seriously injured from lacerations after sitting on or being near the toilet when it exploded.

 

After the Flushmate recall, the company offered a free repair kit.  The do-it-yourself kit apparently doesn't work and a professional plumber is needed to replace the system.  Plus, the repair kit doesn't solve the damage done to people's homes or the physical injures people have suffered.  As a result, the company has been sued to recover damages for those affected.  
 

(From CPSC, edited)
 

IF YOU OWN A MODEL 503 FLUSHMATE III MANUFACTURED FROM JANUARY 1997 TO THE PRESENT, PLEASE CONTACT OUR LAW FIRM NOW TO JOIN A CLASS ACTION, AND PROTECT YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS. 

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recently announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Flushmate® III Pressure-Assist Flushing System

Units: About 2,330,600 in the U.S. and 9,400 in Canada

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

Hazard: 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.

Incidents/Injuries: Flushmate has received 304 reports of the product bursting, resulting in property damage and 14 impact or laceration injuries.

Description: 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).

Sold at: The Home Depot and Lowe's stores, distributors and plumbing contractors nationwide for about $108, and sold to toilet manufacturers including American StandardCraneEljerGerberKohlerMansfield and St. Thomas.

Manufactured in: United States

 

Picture of recalled flushing system         Picture of recalled flushing system label, showing the location of the serial number

Original article here: http://www.cpsc.gov/CPSCPUB/PREREL/prhtml12/12201.html

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