Expanded Recall: Flushmate recalls Flushmate III Pressure-Assisted Flushing System

Starting date:
January 23, 2014
Posting date:
January 23, 2014
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Subcategory:
Household Items
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Issue:
Laceration Hazard
Audience:
General Public
Identification number:
RA-37613

Expansion of June 21, 2012 recall.

Joint recall with Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC) and Flushmate.

Affected products

Flushmate® III Pressure-Assist Flushing System

Product description

This recall is for Series 503 Flushmate® III Pressure-Assist flushing systems installed inside toilet tanks that were manufactured from March 2008 through June 2009. Previously recalled systems were manufactured from October 1997 through February 2008. The units are rectangular, black, two-piece vessels made of injection molded plastic.

Recalled units have a date code/serial number that is 16 characters long and is located on the label on the 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 030108 (March 1, 2008) and continues through 063009 (June 30, 2009). The date code range for previously recalled systems begins with 101497 (October 14, 1997) and continues through 022908 (February 29, 2008).

Units included in this recall were sold individually and installed in toilets manufactured by American Standard, Crane, Ecotech, Eljer, Gerber, Kohler, Mancesa, Mansfield, Orion, St. Thomas, Universal Rundle, Vitra, Vitromex and Western Pottery.

Hazard identified

The Series 503 Flushmate® III system can burst at the 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.

Flushmate has received three incidents of the product bursting in the United States for the units included in the expanded recall. No injuries were reported.

Neither Flushmate nor Health Canada have received any reports of incidents or injuries to Canadians related to the use of this product.

Number sold

For the recalled product manufactured between March 2008 and June 2009, approximately 9,395 units were sold in Canada and 351,000 units in the United States.

Time period sold

The recalled product was manufactured between March 2008 and June 2009 and sold through about 2009 in Canada and the United States. All Flushmate® III products manufactured within that time frame are affected.

Place of origin

Manufactured in the United States.

Companies

Manufacturer
Flushmate, a division of Sloan Valve Company
New Hudson
Michigan
UNITED STATES

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What you should do

Consumers should stop using the recalled Flushmate® III system immediately, turn off the water supply to the unit, flush the toilet to release the internal pressure and contact the firm to request a free repair kit.

For more information, consumers may contact Flushmate by telephone at 1-800-303-5123, between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. EST Monday to Friday and between 8:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. EST Saturday, or visit the firm's website, and the firm's recall page.

Consumers may view the release by the US CPSC on the Commission's website.

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.