The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled millions of faulty flushing mechanisms that have caused toilets to explode, creating “laceration risks” for toilet users. The CPSC issued the warning about the Flushmate III Pressure-Assisted Flushing System, which was sold at Home Depot and Lowe’s stores and to toilet manufacturers American Standard, Crane, Kohler, Eljer, Mansfield, St. Thomas and Gerber. The recall applies to devices manufactured between 1997 and 2008 — about 2.3 million in the United States and 9,000 in Canada.
According to the CPSC, Flushmate has received 304 reports of the product bursting, with 14 “impact or laceration injuries.” Anyone who owns a toilet with the recalled system should shut off the water connection to the toilet and contact Flushmate at (800) 303-5123 to request a free repair kit.
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