Recall: Pressure assist flushing system
June 29, 2012
A Joint Recall with Flushmate, Health Canada, and the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC) involves the Series 503 Flushmate III pressure-assist flushing system installed inside toilet tanks. The date code/serial number is 16 characters long and is located on the label on top of the Flushmate III. The first six numerals of the serial number are the date code. The date code is written as Month/Day/Year and the affected date code range for this recall begins with 101497 (October 14, 1997) and continues through 022908 (February 29, 2008). The system can burst at the or near the vessel weld seam releasing stored pressure, which can lift the tank lid and shatter the tank, posing impact and laceration hazards to consumers and property damage. Flushmate has received 304 incidents of the product bursting, resulting in property damage and 14 impact or laceration injuries in the United States. Neither Flushmate nor Health Canada have received any reports of incidents or injuries to Canadians related to the use of this product. Approximately 9,400 units were sold in Canada and 2,330,600 units were sold in the United States at The Home Depot and Lowe’s stores, distributors and plumbing contractors nationwide, and sold to toilet manufacturers including American Standard, Crane, Eljer, Gerber, Kohler, Mansfield and St. Thomas.