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Flushmate expands recall of toilet parts that can burst, shatter tank

WASHINGTON - Watch out for exploding toilets. Flushmate, the maker of a high-pressure flushing system sold at Home Depot and Lowe's, is expanding its recall of the parts, because they can burst near a seam with force enough to shatter the toilet tank. The Consumer Product Safety Commission says Thursday that the company is recalling 351,000 units in the U.S. and about 9,400 units in Canada of the Series 503 Flushmate 111 Pressure Assist flushing systems installed inside toilet tanks that were made from March 2008 through June 2009.

New York man hit by exploding toilet

A New York man was seriously injured when a toilet exploded in his face after he pulled the handle to test the water pressure in his Brooklyn apartment. Michel Pierre sustained shrapnel wounds from flying shards of porcelain that pierced his face, arms and legs, and required 30 stitches, his lawyer told AFP. The 58-year-old information technology specialist is now so fearful that he uses a rope to flush the toilet from behind the bathroom door at a safe distance.

New York man hit by exploding toilet

A New York man was seriously injured when a toilet exploded in his face after he pulled the handle to test the water pressure in his Brooklyn apartment. Michel Pierre sustained shrapnel wounds from flying shards of porcelain that pierced his face, arms and legs, and required 30 stitches, his lawyer told AFP. The 58-year-old information technology specialist is now so fearful that he uses a rope to flush the toilet from behind the bathroom door at a safe distance.

Japan's Lixil agrees to buy Grohe for about $4 billion: Nikkei

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese bathroom equipment maker Lixil Group Corp <5938.T> has reached an agreement with the private equity owners of Grohe <GROH.UL> to buy the European company for about 400 billion yen ($4.05 billion), the Nikkei newspaper reported. Lixil will announce the deal to buy Grohe from TPG Capital <TPG.UL> and the private equity arm of Credit Suisse <CSGN.VX> on Thursday, the newspaper said.

Japan bathroom giant Lixil buys Grohe in $4.1 bn deal

Japanese bathroom giant Lixil Group has agreed to buy Germany's Grohe in a $4.1 billion deal, its second purchase in recent months and one that would turn it into the sector's biggest global player. The Dusseldorf-based maker of bathroom appliances confirmed Thursday that it was being taken over by Lixil in a buyout which also marks Japan Inc's biggest-ever investment in Germany. The deal comes three months after Lixil snapped up ASD Americas Holding Corp, the parent company of the American Standard bathroom brand, for 53.1 billion yen ($538 million).

Japan's Lixil acquires Grohe in biggest investment in Germany by Japan

TOKYO - Japanese building materials company Lixil Corp. is buying bathroom fittings maker Grohe for 3.06 billion euros ($4.1 billion) in the biggest investment in Germany by a Japanese company. The companies said Thursday that Lixil, which has been eager to expand overseas, will acquire an 87.5 per cent stake in Grohe Group through a joint venture with the Development Bank of Japan. Grohe makes luxury bathroom, shower and kitchen products. The transaction still needs regulatory approval.

Japan's Lixil taking majority in German bathroom fittings maker Grohe, company valued at $4.1B

BERLIN - Japan's Lixil Corp. is to take a majority stake in German bathroom fittings maker Grohe in a deal that values the company at 3.06 billion euros ($4.1 billion). Grohe said Thursday that Lixil and the Development Bank of Japan will buy 87.5 per cent of the company from the investors that currently hold the stake, TPG and DLJ Merchant Banking Partners. The deal foresees Grohe remaining an independent company.

Japan's Lixil to buy Grohe of Germany in 3-bn euro deal

German sanitary fittings maker Grohe said Thursday that Japanese housing and building materials company Lixil has agreed to take it over in a deal valuing the German group at 3.06 billion euros ($4.1 billion). Grohe "has entered into an agreement with Lixil and Development Bank of Japan in relation to the sale of an 87.5-percent equity interest in Grohe. This transaction represents the largest ever German investment by a Japanese company," the German group said in a statement. spm/yad

Japan's Lixil to buy Grohe of Germany in 3-bn euro deal

German sanitary fittings maker Grohe said Thursday that Japanese housing and building materials company Lixil has agreed to take it over in a deal valuing the German group at 3.06 billion euros ($4.1 billion). Grohe "has entered into an agreement with Lixil and Development Bank of Japan in relation to the sale of an 87.5-percent equity interest in Grohe. This transaction represents the largest ever German investment by a Japanese company," the German group said in a statement.

What not to flush: Wipes, paper towels among items clogging sewers

Wastewater officials across the country have been trying to spread the message that not just anything can go down the toilet, and they have recently taken aim at wipes. A public awareness campaign by the Orange County Sanitation District in California called "What 2 Flush" emphasizes that the toilet is meant only for the three Ps — pee, poop and toilet paper. It even says facial tissues are too sturdy to be flushed. Among the more unusual items it says people commonly flush that risk causing clogs: cat litter, condoms and dental floss.
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