You're sitting there doing your business. You flush. And all of a sudden you're on the bathroom floor wondering what happened. This isn't an early April Fool's joke. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled a toilet flushing system because of a defect that can cause your toilet to shatter.

I'm talking about the Flushmate III Pressure Assisted Flushing System. KWWL-TV reports that 1.4 million systems have been sold. So I'm sure some of us here in the Quad Cities have it installed on our toilets. Flushmate has received 1,400 complaints of the units exploding causing property damage and injuries.

If you purchased one of the recalled Flushmate III systems and registered it, you should have received a recall notice. Regardless of whether or not you received a recall notice, you can get all the information you need to get your recalled system fixed by Flushmate here.

I don't know about you, but I haven't a clue what a flushing system is, much less know whether my toilets have one. Luckily the Consumer Product Safety Commission has some pictures that illustrate what a flushing system is and how to determine if yours is in the recall. You can access that here.

They also offer this advice:

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled Flushmate III systems, turn off the water supply to the units, flush the toilet to release the internal pressure and contact the firm to request a free repair kit.

I don't know about you, but I'm going to make sure I don't have the Flushmate III on my toilet before I need to sit!


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