About 1.4 million Flushmate Flushing Systems are being recalled due to an exploding hazard.
Flushmate has received 1,446 reports of exploding systems in the USA, with a further seven complaints coming from Canada.
A buildup of pressure in the toilet system can cause them to explode, lifting the tank, shattering the tank, and spraying shards that can lacerate people and damage property, the CPSC said.
And concerns about blowing the tank aren't just theoretical. The incidents have resulted in about $710,000 in property damage and 23 injuries, one of which required foot surgery. "Although Flushmate discontinued shipping the product within toilet fixtures in 2006, when the Flushmate II 501-B became a replacement part, and discontinued the product altogether in 2013, we are communicating with customers who may still own the product to offer a free Flushmate replacement unit and installation by a technician". The Flushmate II 501-B pressure-assisted flushing systems were sold at Home Depot, Lowe's, through plumbers and online from 1996 through 2015.
To see if your unit is included in the recall, check the date code/serial number on the label.
Those with flushing systems in this recall are advised by Flushmate to stop using the flushing system right now, cut the water supply to the toilet, then flush the toilet to release the pressure. The first six numbers are the date code, the month/day/year of manufacture, i.e., 072498 would be July 24, 1998. The date code will signify a date between September 3, 1996 and December 7, 2013. "The model code starts with M and ends with F". You can call 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.