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From Products Liability Law Daily, October 18, 2018

1.4M toilet flushing systems recalled for impact and laceration hazards

By Colleen Kave, J.D.

Flushmate, a division of Sloan Valve Company, of New Hudson, Michigan, has recalled around 1.4 million Flushmate II 501-B pressure-assisted flushing systems because 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 and laceration hazards to consumers and causing property damage. An additional 17,300 flushing systems were sold in Canada. The Series 503 Flushmate III was previously recalled in June 2012, January 2014, and July 2016 (CPSC Recall Notice, No. 19-012, October 18, 2018).

Incidents and injuries. Flushmate has received 1,446 reports in the United States and 7 reports in Canada of the units included in this recall bursting, resulting in property damage totaling about $710,000, including 23 injury reports with one requiring foot surgery.

Product description. This recall is for Flushmate II 501-B pressure-assisted flushing systems installed inside toilet tanks that were manufactured from September 3, 1996, through December 7, 2013. The units are rounded oval, black, two-piece vessels made of injection-molded plastic. Recalled units 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 (September 3, 1996) through 120713 (December 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." Units included in this recall were sold individually and installed in toilets manufactured by American Standard, Corona, Crane, Kohler, and Mansfield.

These flushing systems, which were manufactured in the United States, were sold by Home Depot and Lowe’s stores, toilet manufacturers, distributors, and plumbing contractors nationwide, and online at www.grainger.com, www.hdsupply.com, www.homedepot.com, and other online retailers from September 1996 through December 2015 for about $108 for the units without toilets.

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

Customer contact. For more information, customers may contact 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 on Saturday, or online at www.flushmate.com and click on "501-B Recall" in the blue box on the top of the page.

Companies: Flushmate, a division of Sloan Valve Co.

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