(Meredith) — The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a recall Thursday of 1.4 million pressure-assisted toilet flushing systems which are said to have caused "exploding toilets."
The recalled products are Flushmate II 501-B pressure-assisted flushing systems that:
- were installed inside of toilet tanks and manufactured between Sept. 3, 1996 and Dec. 7, 2013
- were sold individually and installed in toilets manufactured by American Standard, Corona, Crane, Kohler and Mansfield
- are rounded oval, black, two-piece vessels made of injection molded plastic
- 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 (Sept. 3, 1996) through 120713 (Dec. 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.
The Flushmate systems are responsible for 23 injuries and about $710,000 in property damage, according to the CPSC. The CPSC said there have been 1,446 reports in the U.S. and seven reports in Canada of the systems exploding.
None of the 23 injuries resulted in death, but one person is said to have required foot surgery.
The recalled Flushmate systems were manufactured in Michigan and sold nationwide at Home Depot, Lowe's, other retail locations and online between 1996 and 2015. The recalled systems typically cost just over $100.
The CPSC said consumers should immediately stop using the recalled Flushmate 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. You can reach Flushmate toll-free at 844-621-7538 between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. ET Monday through Friday and between 8 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. ET Saturday, or online at www.flushmate.com and click on “501-B Recall” in the blue box on the top of the page for more information.