If you own or owned a toilet that has a Series 503 Flushmate III Pressure-Assist Flushing System, you qualify and can apply for reimbursement from a class action settlement.
The manufacturer of the Flushmate system is set to pay $18 million to resolve all class action lawsuits. These lawsuits allege the Flushmate system manufacturer of selling a faulty product that causes toilets to leak and/or burst, causing personal injury and/or property damage.
The Flushmate settlement took place in January 2014 after prolonged negotiations. The settlement will address five class action lawsuits that charge Sloan Valve Company of selling faulty Flushmate systems. Certain toilets manufactured by Gerber, Kohler, Orion, St. Thomas, Crane, Ecotech, American Standard, Eljer, Mancesa, Mansfield, Vitra, Vitromex, Universal Rundle, and Western Pottery, are using the Flushmate Flushing System.
The Flushmate class action lawsuits were lodged after many complaints by consumers. These consumers suffered personal injury and/or property damage due to the toilet explosion. A voluntary recall of the system was issued in June 2012 and January 2014.
The Flushmate Settlement Administrator said that some Flushmate III systems manufactured between October 14, 1997 and June 30, 2009, may leak or burst near the weld seam of the vessel, releasing stored pressure. If the system explodes, it lifts the porcelain tank lid of the toilet fixture and shatters the lid and the tank. It poses laceration hazards on the body and/or property damage.
The Flushmate class action settlement does not include personal injury claims. The compensation will be provided only for the claims related to property damages.