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More exploding toilets: Recall expanded

flushed.jpgJust when you thought it was safe to flush your toilet, more than 350,000 more flushing systems were added to the 2.3 million already recalled in 2012 after hundreds of incidents.

The original recall included Flushmate III Pressure Assist flushing systems that were put in toilet tanks nationwide between 1997 and Feb 2008. Now, the recall includes those made between March 2008 and June 2009. The flushing systems can break and release pressure that can cause toilet tanks to break.

Flushmate units were sold at Home Depot, Lowes as well as at plumbing supply stores. They either were purchased separately or came with toilets made by American Standard, Crane, Ecotech, Eljer, Gerber, Kohler, Mancesa, Mansfield, Orion, St. Thomas, Universal Rundle, Vitra, Vitromex and Western Pottery.

You can determine whether you have a recalled Flushmate by looking for the date code on the top of the unit. The first six numbers of the serial number represent the date of manufacture, with the last two digits representing the year.

If you believe you have one of the recalled units, you are asked to turn off the water to the tank and flush the toilet. A free repair kit will be provided by Flushmate. Consumers with questions or who want to request the kid can call Flushmate at (800) 303-5123 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern Time and 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Saturdays or visit Flushmate's recall site.

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