“Exploding” toilets prompt recall from Sloan Valve Co.


Exploding toilets prompt recall from Sloan Valve Co.The makers of the Flushmate III Pressure-Assisted Flushing System have issued a recall on the product after safety regulators and company received more than 300 reports of “exploding” toilets that have resulted in 14 injuries.

According to an L.A. Times report recently, Sloan Valve Co. issued the recall on the Flushmate III Pressure-Assisted Flushing System late this summer. The product was sold directly to consumers at Home Depot and Lowe’s Home Improvement Centers nationwide. It was also sold to leading toilet manufacturers such as American Standard, Crane, Kohler, Eljer, Mansfield, St. Thomas, and Gerber.

A Las Vegas woman has filed a lawsuit that seeks class-action status for anyone who’s been injured by or sustained property damage caused by the defective toilet flushing device. In her complaint, Maralee Pelka claims she bought Flushmate III Pressure-Assisted Flushing System for her home toilet but it malfunctioned.

Pelka also claims that the free repair kit Sloan sends customers who experience an “exploding” toilet when the flushing system bursts is either inadequate and defective itself or it requires a professional plumber to install properly. In her claim, Pelka says she needed an entirely new Flushmate III Pressure-Assisted Flushing System installed.

She incurred added costs from property damage and the cost of hiring a professional plumber.