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Weekly overview report of RAPEX notifications

Report 34 (Published on: 26/08/2005)

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No.
Ref.
Notifying country Product
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Risk Measures adopted by notifying country Products were found and measures were taken also in: (*)

1
0454/05

Poland

Category: Motor vehicles

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Motor vehicle – Car “Renault Modus” produced until 05.04.05

Country of origin: Unknown

No pictures are available

Injuries

Risk of injury. Improper settling in of crankshaft of steering column can influence the stability of the driving/steering function.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary measures by importer to inform dealers and via them individual customers to bring in vehicles for free of charge repairs.  

 

2
0455/05

Poland

Category: Motor vehicles

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Motor vehicle – Car “Renault Clio 2” produced from 08.05.03 to 18.11.04

Country of origin: Czech Republic

No pictures are available

Injuries

Risk of injury. Risk of short circuit in the loom of the horn placed in the steering wheel and touches the module of the air bag can result in the malfunctioning of all three components.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary measures by importer to inform dealers and via them individual customers to bring in vehicles for free of charge repairs.  

 

3
0456/05

Germany

Category: Toys

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Plastic/rubber snake (toy)

Country impressed on the product, no relevant documentation.

Country of origin: China


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Injuries,
Chemical

Parts of the snake can be easily detached, be swallowed by small children. Upon swallowing they can harden and lodge in the digestive track. In addition, presence of phthalate plasticisers (DEHP 40.3% and DINP 1.5% banned under national provisions were identified.

Compulsory measures: No remaining stocks, no tracing of distribution list. Authorities in search of distribution channels for eventual removal from the market.  

 

4
0457/05

Greece

Category: Other

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Luminous lollipop with batteries “Nite Pop” with plastic handle with a battery button (on/off) and wrapped with coloured label ((Ref. NP 001)

Country of origin: China

No pictures are available

Suffocation

Risk of suffocation. Plastic cover and plastic handle containing the button size batteries can easily be detached (fails the relevant European standard) and the button size batteries can be swallowed by small children and block their pharynx thus leading to suffocation (size of batteries fails requirements of European standards). No CE marking.

Compulsory measures: Products seized and withdrawn from the market/distribution chain by authorities.  

 

5
0458/05

Czech Republic

Category: Childcare articles and children's equipment

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Childcare PVC feeding bottle with teat and brush “VIDAL EUROPE 0794722 BIBERON 2 PZAS”

Country of origin: Unknown


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Chemical

Teat contains mixtures of two banned phthalates (3,2% w/w DBP, 4.6 % w/w DEHP) from use in PVC toys and childcare articles intended to be put in the mouth of small children. Product also contains 17.1% w/w of another phthalate ( DIBP).

Compulsory measures: Products seized and withdrawn from the market/distribution chain by authorities. Product recall from consumers. Warnings issued by authorities.  

 

6
0459/05

Hungary

Category: Electrical appliances and equipment

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Electrical earthed T-connector “Dealer” (model 40288/20241)

Country of origin: China


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Electric shock

Risk of electric shock. There are deficiencies in the connector dimensions, fixing of internal earthing parts can come apart during use thereby exposing live components

Compulsory measures: Products withdrawn from the market/distribution chain by authorities.  

 

7
0460/05

Spain

Category: Toys

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Toy bow and arrows “SUPER” covered by elastic suction cups (model 328)

Country of origin: China


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Suffocation,
Injuries

Risk of suffocation/injury. Elastic suction cups can easily come off, can be ingested by small children and lodge and block the air passages and cause suffocation. Arrows without protective suction cups can cause injuries. Toy does not comply with the relevant European standards for traction (to remove suction cups) and kinetic energy of arrows.

Compulsory measures: Products withdrawn from the market/distribution chain by authorities.  

 

8
0461/05

Portugal

Category: Toys

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Toy set of police equipment “City Police Set” (model 1015486)

Country of origin: China

No pictures are available

Injuries,
Suffocation

Risk of injury and suffocation. The suction-tip separated from the projectile during the traction test, presenting two separate risks: because there is no any protection (suction-tip) at the end of the rigid projectile, it can be shot without any impact-cushioning surface, and could cause injuries if shot at a person; if accidentally swallowed, the suction-tip detached from the projectile could cause suffocation of the child if it lodges in the throat and blocks the airway, it being difficult to remove because it is difficult to obtain a firm hold.

Compulsory measures: The competent authority has ordered the person responsible for placing the product on the market to stop marketing the product.  

 

9
0462/05

Germany

Category: Motor vehicles

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Motor vehicle accessories - Rear-mounted cycle rack “Uebler” for Mercedes Benz Class A (model: B6 684 8282)

Country of origin: Germany

No pictures are available

Injuries

Risk of injury. Bicycles can become detached from the rack and fall on the road.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary recall of the racks concerned via the Mercedes-Benz branches for checking and replacement if necessary.The authority is still to take a decision on whether compulsory measures are necessary on German territory.  

Compulsory measures: Voluntary recall of the racks concerned via the Mercedes-Benz branches for checking and replacement if necessary.The authority is still to take a decision on whether compulsory measures are necessary on German territory.  

 

10
0463/05

Finland

Category: Toys

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Balloon powered toy car “JET RACER” (model CL-600)

Country of origin: China


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Choking

Risk of choking. The toy contains a separate, loosely attached balloon nozzle. The toy does not fulfil the relevant requirements for mouthpieces attached to balloons. One accident happened in Finland where an 8-year old child accidentally inhaled the mouthpiece while blowing up the balloon and nearly choked to death.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary recall of products from the consumers and withdrawal from the market.  

 

11
0464/05

Czech Republic

Category: Lighting equipment

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Bathroom electrical stationary luminaries “SIEPER”(model: Type 5425/1, model CHICO GL)

Country of origin: Germany


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Electric shock,
Fire

The instructions for use are incorrect and if follow they jeopardize the safety. Insufficient resistance to flame and ignition.

Compulsory measures: Sales ban and ban on placing on the market ordered by the authority.  

 

12
0465/05

Greece

Category: Motor vehicles

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Motor vehicle - Car "Suzuki Ignis" 1.5 (RG415)(model with engine type M15, cubic capacity of 1.5 litres and frames from JSAFHV81S00100188 to JSAFHV81S00105149 and production dates from 01.08.2003 to 09.01.2004)

Country of origin: Japan

No pictures are available

Injuries

The LH drive shaft may disconnect from transmission due to the improper design with insufficient drive shaft holding to transmission by drive shaft circlip. Vehicle use under the high-speed driving condition can reduce the connecting force of drive shaft from transmission, causing revolution of the drive shaft. Such a condition can disconnect drive shaft from transmission and the vehicle can be unable to be driven.

Voluntary measures: The importer has informed the owners through individual letters in order for them to visit the network of authorised Suzuki repairs for replacement of the defective part.  

Compulsory measures: The importer has informed the owners through individual letters in order for them to visit the network of authorised Suzuki repairs for replacement of the defective part.  

 

13
0466/05

Slovakia

Category: Food-imitating products

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Plastic eraser of various fruit shapes in pastel colours

Country of origin: China


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Suffocation

Risk of suffocation. The product can be mistaken for sweets. Due to the shape, colour and appearance of the erasers, there is a risk that small children can mistake them for foodstuffs. After being placed in the mouth, the product can be swallowed or breathed in and thus put health at risk.

Compulsory measures: Sale banned by the authority that ordered the retailers to inform consumers about the possibility of returning the goods.  

 

14
0467/05

Slovakia

Category: Toys

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Toy set – MILITARY MEN SOLDIER FORCE including a machine rifle, knife in a case, truncheon, police emblem, target in the form of a figure, 2 grenades and 5 projectiles with suction cups (model N° 300)

Country of origin: China


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Suffocation

Risk of suffocation. The projectiles with suction cups are not sufficiently long to be removed from a child’s throat, in the event that they block the air passages. The relevant requirements of the European standard with regard to size were not complied with.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary withdrawal from sale. Sale banned by the authority that ordered the retailers to inform consumers about the possibility of returning the goods.  

 

(*)

Enforcement is a top priority of the EU Consumer Policy Strategy 2007-2013. Both measures leading to RAPEX notifications and measures which come to the attention of the Commission and other Member States as reactionsare indications of enforcement activity in the Member State concerned.

In order to give a better view on the overall level of enforcement, including the follow-up activities of the national market surveillance authorities, the Commission RAPEX team has decided to publish on the RAPEX website also the names of the countries that have found the notified product on their market and have taken appropriate measures (and have submitted a reaction to a RAPEX notification as a consequence).

Information about the reacting countries is available in the RAPEX weekly overviews in the column 'Products were found and measures were taken also in'. The Commission RAPEX team will publish reactions sent (from May2009 onwards) to 2009 RAPEX notifications.

DISCLAIMER: If not specified in the report, the risk and non-compliance refer to a risk for consumer health and safety


IMPORTANT NOTE: Please be aware that proprietary brands, designs and logos that appear in this listing may have been used in violation of intellectual property rights and thus without the legitimate owner's knowledge and/or permission.


Disclaimer - EN

The official contact points of the Member and EFTA-EEA States provide the information published in these weekly overviews. Under the terms of Annex II.10 to the General Product Safety Directive (2001/95/EC) responsibility for the information provided lies with the notifying party. The Commission does not take any responsibility for the accuracy of the information provided.

Disclaimer - DE

Die in dieser wöchentlichen Übersicht veröffentlichten Informationen wurden von den offiziellen Kontaktstellen der EU- und EFTA-EWR-Mitgliedstaaten mitgeteilt. Gem äß Anhang II Ziffer 10 der Richtlinie über allgemeine Produktsicherheit (2001/95/EG) ist der meldende Mitgliedstaat für die mitgeteilten Informationen verantwortlich. Die Kommission übernimmt keine Verantwortung für die Korrektheit der bereitgestellten Informationen.

Disclaimer - FR

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http://europa.eu/abouteuropa/faq/index_en.htm

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