BEIJING, April 17 (Xinhuanet) -- Sparked by fears of
burned buttocks, Japan's leading toilet maker is offering to repair 180,000
bidet toilets for free after wiring glitches caused several to catch fire, the
company said Monday.
The electric bidet accessory of
Toto Ltd.'s Z series caught fire in three separate incidents between March
2006 and March 2007, according to company spokeswoman Emi Tanaka. He said the
bidet sent up smoke in 26 other incidents.
"Fortunately, nobody was using the toilets when the
fire broke out and there were no injuries," Tanaka said. "The fire would have
been just under your buttocks."
The company will repair 180,000 toilet units
manufactured between May 1996 and December 2001 for free, she said. A
manufacturing defect is thought to have led to the faulty wiring.
Toto has been a pioneer in high-tech toilets fitted
with pressurized water sprayers -- a standard fixture in Japanese homes.
The popular Z series offers a pulsating massage
spray, a power dryer, built-in-the-bowl deodorizing filter, the "Tornado Wash"
flush and a lid that opens and closes automatically. Prices range from 1,680
U.S. dollars to 2,600 dollars.
The model is not sold outside of Japan.