A brand of bathroom flushing systems has been recalled because of a potential for them to burst, releasing stored pressure and potentially shattering the tank, reports the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Around 2,330,600 of Flushmate® III Pressure-Assist Flushing Systems, manufactured by Flushmate, of New Hudson, Michigan, and sold at The Home Depot and Lowe’s stores, as well as through distributors and plumbing contractors across the United States for about $108, have been recalled due to a defect in the vessel weld seam that can cause it to burst. This burst releases stored pressure that can lift off the tank lid and potentially shatter the tank, creating an impact or laceration risk to consumers, as well as potential property damage.
There have been 304 reports of the flushing system bursting and causing property damage, and 14 reports of impact or laceration injuries as a result of a burst.
The recall involves Series 503 Flushmate® III Pressure Assist flushing systems that are installed inside of toilet tanks. They were manufactured between October 1997 and February 2008.
If you own one or more of these defective flush systems, you are advised to turn off the water supply immediately and stop its use. To request a free repair kit, you can contact Flushmate at (800) 303-5123 or visit their website at http://recall.flushmate.com.
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