Imagine yourself sitting down in the most private of places….your bathroom, for a little piece and quiet. Then, imagine yourself being launched half way across the room when your toilet explodes. Don’t laugh, it could happen to you.
A problem with the flushing mechanisms in toilets has prompted a recall of 2.3 million toilets in the U.S. and 9,400 in Canada. According to Flushmate, the company that installed the faulty flusher, “The affected Flushmate III Series 503 units 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 or laceration hazards to consumers and property damage.”
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there have already been 304 complaints of exploding devices bursting, causing 14 “impact or laceration injuries.” The device sold for a little over $100, and was sold at popular locations such as Home Depot and Lowe’s, as well as through other distributors.
Flushmate has established a website for customers to enter the serial number of their toilets to find out if they need to replace their toilet. Consumers are being instructed to immediately shut off the water to the toilet and contact Flushmate for a repair kit. Will it work though? The Los Angeles Times has reported that a Las Vegas woman filed a lawsuit earlier this month against Flushmate. The complaint claims that the repair kit failed to fix her faulty toilet and seeks class-action suit status.