A pressure-assisted flushing system is being recalled because it can burst and cause the toilet tank to shatter.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the recall affects the Flushmate II 501-B pressure-assisted flushing system that was installed in 1.4 million toilet tanks between 1996 and 2013.
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 property damage.
There have been more than 1,400 reports of exploding toilets in the U.S., resulting in $710,000 in property damage and 23 injuries. One of those injuries required foot surgery.
The affected flushing units were sold at 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.
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.