Exploding Toilets Lead to Flushing System Recall
Burst toilets caused 23 injuries and $710,000 in property damage
Facility managers may want to check the flushing systems inside their building’s toilets due to a recall of about 1.4 million Flushmate II 501-B pressure-assisted flushing systems, Facilities Net reports.
The faulty flushing systems can rupture at or near the vessel weld seam, shattering the toilet's tank or bursting the lid off the tank. There have been 1,446 reports in the United States and seven reports in Canada of bursting units resulting in 23 injuries and US$710,000 in property damages.
The recalled systems were installed inside toilet tanks between September 2, 1996 and December 7, 2013 in several toilet brands including American Standard, Coronoa, Crane, Kohler, and Mansfield. The toilets were sold at Home Depot, Lowes, Grainger, HD Supply, and through other distributors and plumbing contractors.
Recalled units have serial numbers starting with 090396 through 120713. Facility managers should immediately remove any affected toilets from use and release the pressure in the flushing system by turning off the water supply to the toilet and then flushing it. They can contact Flushmate for a free replacement unit at (844) 621-7538 or www.flushmate.com.