You might want to think twice before plopping yourself on the old crapper tonight. Norma Brewer, a deputy county treasurer at a Montana courthouse, had a brush with death when a toilet she had just finished using suddenly exploded.
“I had just closed the door behind me when it went off,” she said. “That saved me. But it sounded like a huge bomb went off in this courthouse.”
Luckily, everyone in the courthouse went unharmed despite the flying debris. However, the bathroom disaster has brought attention to the toilet itself, which had apparently used a system that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled back in 2012. Typically installed inside the toilet’s tank, the system “can burst” and potentially cause “laceration hazards to consumers,” according to a press release issued by its manufacturer, American Standard. Ouch.
Name of Product: Flushmate® III Pressure-Assist Flushing System
Units: About 2,330,600 in the U.S. and 9,400 in Canada
Manufacturer: Flushmate, of New Hudson, Mich., a division of Sloan Valve Company
Hazard: The system 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.
Incidents/Injuries: Flushmate has received 304 reports of the product bursting, resulting in property damage and 14 impact or laceration injuries.
One exploding toilet is one too many, I say. At least if things do get messy, we can trust that this brave, sh*t-smelling news reporter will be on the scene to get the full scoop.