Toilet Flushing System Recall - Injury Potential

Pressure from the defective Flushmate® III Pressure-Assist Flushing Systems can lift and shatter the toilet tank

lid, which has led to 304 reported incidents and 14 reported injuries, according to the

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

 

The FLUSHMATE® is touted for using pressure as an alternative to gravity-type low consumption

toilets, and using less than the required 1.6 gallons-per-flush (6 liters).  To see how the system should

function normally, please go to:  http://www.flushmate.com/howitworks/

 

The recall is issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission(www.cpsc.gov) and Health Canada

(www.hc-sc.gc.ca) as follows:

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 21, 2012

Release #12-201

 

Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 303-5123

CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772

CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

HC Media Contact: (613) 957-2983

 

Flushmate Recalls Flushmate(r) III Pressure-Assisted Flushing System Due to Impact and Laceration Hazards

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with the firm

named below, today 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(r) 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(r) 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 Standard, Crane, Eljer, Gerber, Kohler, Mansfield and St. Thomas.

 

Manufactured in: United States

 

Remedy: 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.

 

Consumer Contact: 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

 

Note: Health Canada's press release is available at

http://cpsr-rspc.hc-sc.gc.ca/PR-RP/recall-retrait-eng.jsp?re_id=1633

 

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled products, please go to:

http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12201.html