Name of Product: Flushmate II 501-B pressure-assisted flushing systems
Hazard: 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.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled Flushmate II 501-B systems, turn off the water supply to the unit and flush the toilet to release the internal pressure. Consumers should contact Flushmate to request a free Flushmate replacement unit and installation by a technician.
Flushmate toll-free at 1 844-621-7538 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- BRecall” in the blue box on the top of the page for more information.
Units: Approximately 17,300 units of the recalled product were sold in Canada (in addition, about 1.4 million were sold in the U.S.). The Series 503 Flushmate III was previously recalled June 2012, January 2014, and July 2016.
This recall is for Flushmate II 501-B pressure-assisted flushing systems installed inside toilet tanks that were manufactured from September 3, 1996 through December 7, 2013. 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 coderange 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.
Incidents/Injuries: As of September 27, 2018, Flushmate has received 7 reports of the units bursting in Canada and no injuries. In the United States, Flushmate has received 1,446 reports of the units included in this recall bursting, resulting in property damage totaling about $710,000 USD and 23 reports of an injury with one requiring foot surgery.
Sold At: Home Depot and Lowe’s stores, toilet manufacturers, distributors and plumbing contractors nationwide and online in Canada at www.grainger.com, www.hdsupplysolutions.caand www.homedepot.caand other online retailers from September 1996 through December 2015 for about $108 USD for the units without toilets.
Consumers may view the release by the US CPSC on the Commission's website.
This recall is also posted on the OECD Global Portal on Product Recalls website. You can visit this site for more information on other international consumer product recalls.
This recall was conducted, voluntarily by the company, under CPSC’s Fast Track Recall process. Fast Track recalls are initiated by firms, who commit to work with CPSC to quickly announce the recall and remedy to protect consumers.
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Please note that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.
Health Canada would like to remind Canadians to report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product or any other consumer product or cosmetic by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.
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