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Taking Action Consumer Alert: An Explosion in Your Toilet!

(WHNT) – Before you think this story is meant to spark a smile, think again. Exploding toilets could be putting your family at risk.

WHNT News 19′s Chief Investigative Reporter Carrie Marchese is Taking Action with this consumer alert.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has already issued two recalls for the Sloan Flushmate High Pressure Flushing System, but they remain in homes all across the country and here in Alabama.  And if you haven’t taken the proper precautions, you could actually be in danger.  The explosion can shatter the porcelain tank, posing impact and laceration hazards to consumers and potential property damage.

One man who posted a YouTube video of his ordeal said if his young son had stayed in the bathroom any longer after flushing the toilet, he could have been seriously injured. Shrapnel from an exploding toilet lodged itself in a wall near the toilet.

The explosions prompted the massive recall by Flushmate, a high-pressure flushing system.  The recall started in 2012, but expanded in 2014, affecting over 2.5 million toilets across the United States.

Do you have a Flushmate toilet system? Here is more information to contact the company to see if yours is included in the recall.  If it is, you’ll get a repair kit. You can also call Flushmate’s Recall Hotline toll free to verify whether your Flushmate III unit is included in the recall at (800) 303-5123 between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday and between 8:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. ET Saturday.