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Dangerous toilets: Flushmate recalls 1.4 million products over potential explosion risk

Staff Writer | October 23, 2018
Flushmate, a division of US group Sloan Valve Company, is recalling about 1.4 million Flushmate pressure-assisted toilets after receiving 1,446 reports of the toilet exploding, including 23 injury claims.
Flushmate II 501-B
America   Flushmate II 501-B
The recall involves the Flushmate II 501-B pressure-assisted flushing system.

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. Property damage totalling $710,000 has been reported.

The Flushmate II 501-B pressure-assisted flushing systems were installed inside toilet tanks. They were manufactured from September 3, 1996 to December 7, 2013.

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.

For more information, contact Flushmate toll-free at 844-621-7538 or online at and click on “501-B Recall” in the blue box on the top of the page.