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  • 24 January 2014, 19:27

Exploding Toilet Tanks Spark Recall In US

Hundreds of thousands of flushing systems are being recalled in the US and Canada over fears they may cause toilet tanks to explode.

There have been at least three reports of Flushmate systems bursting, resulting in property damage but no-one has been hurt.

The units can burst near a seam with enough force to lift the tank lid and even shatter the tank, according to officials.

Consumers have been told to stop using the recalled system and turn off the water supply to the unit.

They have also been urged to flush the toilet to release the internal pressure.

Customers should then contact Flushmate so they can get a free repair kit.

The recall of the Series 503 Flushmate III Pressure Assist flushing systems affects 351,000 units in the US and about 9,400 in Canada.

The units, that were sold at Home Depot and Lowe's stores, were made between March 2008 and June 2009.

It follows an earlier recall in June 2012 of 2.3 million units in the US and 9,400 in Canada made between October 1997 and February 2008.

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