Exploding toilets, contaminated food and loose fuel tanks pose problems for consumers this week. Read on for the details.
Flushmate recalled more than 2.3 million Series 503 Flushmate III Pressure Assist flushing systems after receiving 304 reports of the product bursting, resulting in property damage and 14 impact or laceration injuries. The systems, installed inside toilet tanks, 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. The recalled systems were manufactured from October 1997 to February 2008 and sold through The Home Depot and Lowe's stores, distributors and plumbing contractors nationwide, and sold to toilet manufacturers including American Standard, Crane, Eljer, Gerber, Kohler, Mansfield and St. Thomas. Consumers should immediately turn off the water supply to the recalled Flushmate III unit and stop using the system. Consumers should contact Flushmate at (800) 303-5123 to determine if their Flushmate III serial number is included in the recall and to request a free repair kit.
Oops. General Motors recalled more than 53,000 2011-2012 Chevrolet Cruze vehicles because the secondary strap for the fuel tank may not have received attachment welds. As a result, the fuel tank may come loose in a crash, posing a risk of a fuel leak and potential fire hazard. GM will notify owners beginning on or about July 11, 2012, and dealers will inspect and repair the vehicles free of charge. Owners may contact the Chevrolet Owner Center at (866) 694-6546. For more on the pros and cons of the 2011 Chevy Cruze, read our report on Economy Cars.
Currie Technologies recalled 2,100 Tricruiser Electric-Powered Adult Tricycles because the rear axle can break causing a rear wheel to detach, posing a fall hazard to the rider. The recalled tricycles go by the brand names eZip or iZip and are in the serial number range of ACB06L00001 to ACB10H99999, with model numbers including EZ-TRY-SD, IZ-TRY-RD, IZ-TRICR7-BL and IZ-TRY8-BL. They were sold at independent bicycle shops and electric bicycle shops nationwide and online at Walmart.com from March 2007 through March 2012. Consumers may contact Currie Technologies at (800) 377-4532 to receive a free replacement component and repair.
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