Exploding Toilet Recall: Yes, We're Serious

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So I know we're not supposed to laugh at stuff like this because it's serious and people could get hurt and all that, but dang, if this isn't the funniest recall ever, I don't know what would be. People! If you've got a toilet in your house, BEWARE. Some crappers with the Flushmate system are being recalled because they pose a "laceration risk" because, well, they're exploding. Exploding toilets! Told you it was the best recall of all time. Here's what you need to know about the detonating commodes:


According to the L.A. Times:

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued the warning about the Flushmate III Pressure-Assisted Flushing System, which was sold at Home Depot and Lowe’s stores and to toilet manufacturers American Standard, Crane, Kohler, Eljer, Mansfield, St. Thomas, and Gerber.

Roughly 2.3 million of the toilets with the flushing mechanism made between 1997 and 2008 are being recalled.

So far, there have been 304 reports of exploding toilets; 14 of those cases involved injuries.

If you think your john has one of these Flushmate thingys inside, you're advised to turn off the water connected to the toilet and call Flushmate at (800) 303-5123 to request a free repair kit.

Then, you know, once that kit comes, hope you know some minor plumbing skills because I can't imagine it's as easy as it sounds. For someone like me who only knows how to work one of those L-shaped wrenches from IKEA, using a toilet repair kit sounds like a disaster waiting to happen.

Anyway! Next time you hear someone say they just blew up the bathroom, maybe ask them if that's literal or figurative, and inform them that exploding toilets are real, and they're happening, and they're nothing to joke about. Jeez.

Does this recall affect you?


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