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Japanese Toilet Makers Warn of Flaming Bidets
The Irish Examiner
May 9th, 2007
Japanese toilet makers issued a warning to electric bidet users today, saying at least 105 units have caught fire or sent up smoke...An extensive investigation was ordered by the government after Toto, Japan’s biggest toilet manufacturer, offered to repair 180,000 bidet toilets last month, saying several of them emitted flames in 2006-7 because of faulty wiring.
The Japan Warm Water Bidet Council, which represents nine bidet manufacturers, reported at least 105 cases of incidents involving flaming or smoking bidet toilets, the Trade Ministry said in a statement.
It was not immediately clear whether any injuries were involved.
High-tech toilets fitted with warm water sprayers and dryers are a standard fixture in Japanese homes. Toto’s problematic Z series of bidets also feature a pulsating massage spray, a built-in-the-bowl deodoriser and a lid that opens and closes automatically.
I can count on the fingers of one hand the household appliances which I want to be able to describe as "emitting flames"... Since toilets are not amongst them, I guess it's back to the old style for us-