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Weekly overview report of RAPEX notifications

Report 31 (Published on: 11/08/2006)

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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
0479/06

Lithuania

Category: Electrical appliances and equipment

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model: DL512

Batch number/Barcode: 200004320508

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Electrical Switch with two keys “Donglin”

Country of origin: China


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Fire

During the normal operation test the contacts of the switch broke down, the basement effused, the plate of the contacts stuck to the basement and the body of the switch did not resist the heat. The switch does not meet requirements of Low voltage directive.

Compulsory measures: Withdrawal from the market ordered by the authority.  

 

2
0480/06

Cyprus

Category: Toys

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model: 008

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Toy boom box “TENG LONG”

Description: Unknown.

Country of origin: China


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Suffocation

The product does not meet requirements of European Standard EN 71-1-2005 as defined in paragraphs 5.1 and 8.5.

Compulsory measures: Withdrawal from the market ordered by the authority.  

 

3
0481/06

Portugal

Category: Motor vehicles

Product: Passenger car

Brand: Toyota

Name: Toyota Land Cruiser 120

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Model: Vehicles produced between 2002 and 2005.

Country of origin: Japan


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Injuries

After the original brake fluid in the vehicle in question is replaced, the rear seal of the main brake pump can shift, leading to a small leakage of fluid. If the leak persists, the brake pedal may feel spongy when pressed and the brake indicator light will come on.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary corrective actions taken by the importer.  

 

4
0482/06

Cyprus

Category: Kitchen/cooking accessories

Product: Water drinking pump

Brand: HUILE

Name:

Type/number of model: MC06-1054

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: A cylindrical manual water pump consisting of 3 parts, which fits most standard bottles . The pump consist of three parts: the upper part “pump head” of blue colour, the middle part “cylinder case” of white colour and the lower part “lower cylinder” of blue colour to which an elbow pipe is attached for pouring the water into a glass and a 3-pieces pipe which is used for pumping the water from the bottle. The pump has 15,5 cm height and 7 cm diameter.

Country of origin: China


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Health risk / other

The metal spring inside the pump is constructed by a material which is oxidising very quickly. As a result of the oxidation small particles of rusted metal are detached from the spring and fall into the water

Voluntary measures: Voluntary withdrawal from the market.  

 

5
0483/06

Cyprus

Category: Toys

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Baby toy play set “INTELLECTIVE BABY TOY”

Type/number of model: NO.22813D.

Country of origin: China


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Suffocation,
Choking

The product does not meet requirements of European Standard EN 71-1-2005 as defined in paragraphs 5.1 and 8.5.

Compulsory measures: Withdrawal from the market ordered by the authority.  

 

6
0484/06

Cyprus

Category: Toys

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Plastic toy bears “INTELLIGENCE FUNNY TOYS”

Type/model: No. 301A.

Country of origin: China


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Injuries,
Suffocation

The product does not meet requirements of paragraph 5.4(a),(e) and 8.20 of European Standard EN 71-1-2005.

Compulsory measures: Withdrawal from the market ordered by the authority.  

 

7
0485/06

Spain

Category: Protective equipment

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model: ACE

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Children ski helmet “Acerbis”

Country of origin: Italy


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Injuries

This product does not comply with the European Standard EN-1077, with respect to:

- capacity for shock absorption (the shock absorption test registered the value of 292g in the upper impact zone while the standard does not allow values over 250g);

- markings (the indicated weight of the helmet was incorrect);

- information for users (the language used was not correct, lack of information on how to adjust the helmet adequately and put it on properly to ensure adequate protection, lack of warning that the helmet should be replaced or disposed of after receiving a violent impact).

Compulsory measures: Withdrawal from the market ordered by the authority.  

 

8
0486/06

Spain

Category: Toys

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Soft doll with white teddy bear “Famosa”

Model - Mi Primer Nenuco, Article 7000002325.

Important: the notification only concerns models with teddy bear of WHITE colour. The model containing PINK teddy complies with the norms.

Country of origin: Spain


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Choking

This toy poses a risk of choking, because the seams of the teddy bear that comes with the doll tear with a force of less than 70N, exposing the stuffing (small plastic balls) and a magnet.

As the seams are easily torn, a child could swallow the stuffing and the magnet and choke on them.

This product does not comply with the Toys Directive and the Toys Standard.

Compulsory measures: Withdrawal from the market ordered by the authority.  

 

9
0487/06

Spain

Category: Motor vehicles

Product: Motorcycle

Brand: Derbi

Name:

Type/number of model: GP1. 50 cc RACE

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: This operation covers 4626 vehicles. The chassis numbers concerned are:

-vthpr1a1a3g229095 to vthpr1a1a3g229209;

-vthpr1a1a5g221876 to vthpr1a1a5g23237.

Country of origin: Spain

No pictures are available

Injuries

Possible fracture of the rear shock absorber support, with risk of a fall on blockage of the rear wheel. Four cases of fracture of the shock absorber support are known, with minor injuries to the rider.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary corrective actions taken by the manufacturer.  

 

10
0488/06

Germany

Category: Laser pointers

Product:

Brand: Unknown

Name:

Type/number of model: Laser & LED Light

Batch number/Barcode: 4260000300012

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Laser Pointer with flexible LED light and magnet on battery compartment.

Country of origin: China


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Damage to sight

This product poses a risk of damage to sight because a laser radiation output was more than 3 mW (the maximum limit value is 1 mW). The warning is not in German. Classification is not in accordance with DIN EN 60825-1. This product does not comply with the European Standard.

Voluntary measures: Placing on the market and sale stopped voluntarily by the importer.  

 

11
0489/06

Germany

Category: Toys

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode: 4038967171309

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Rag doll (labeled "RL").

additional number on the label: 117130.

Country of origin: China


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Chemical

Prohibited azodyes were used in the manufacture of this doll. Breakdown of one or more of the azo groups can lead to the formation of one of the carcinogenic amines. 263 mg/kg 3,3´-dimethylbenzidine (CAS No: 119-93-7) was found in the red ribbons on the doll.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary withdrawal from the market.  

 

12
0490/06

Germany

Category: Cosmetics

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Washing gel “Balea”

for normal and mixed skin types with lotus blossom and pro-vitamin B5.

Type/number of model: MHD:10.2008, Batch code: 48132.

Country of origin: Switzerland


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Microbiological

This product contains bacteria - klebsiella pneumoniae (total aerobic bacteria count: 1 x 105 cfu/g).

Voluntary measures: Voluntary withdrawal from the market by the distributors.  

 

13
0491/06

Germany

Category: Cosmetics

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model: Not available

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Skin lightener “Stillman’s Skin Bleach Cream”

Country of origin: United States


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Chemical

This product poses a risk of chronic mercury poisoning if used over an extended period. Sample contains 5.0% of a mercury compound. Since skin lighteners are used over extended periods, the possibility of chronic mercury poisoning must be taken into account. The product is harmful to health.

Compulsory measures: Sales ban ordered by the authority.  

 

14
0492/06

Germany

Category: Clothing, textiles and fashion items

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Workman's cap (marine blue colour)

Article No: 9618485340019,

label: 321224 9.36.

Country of origin: China


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Chemical

This product poses a chemical risk to consumers because prohibited azo dyes were used. The aromatic amine 3,3´-dimethylbenzidine (52 mg/kg) were detected.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary withdrawal from the market by the importer.  

 

15
0493/06

Italy

Category: Toys

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model: Unknown

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Plastic toy in the shape of a fish “MORBIDELLI”

Country of origin: China


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Chemical

The laboratory tests revealed that this toy – which is intended for children under 36 months – includes excessive quantity of phthalates contained in the PVC thereby posing a chemical risk for children who could put the toy in their mouth while playing.

Compulsory measures: Sales ban and withdrawal from the market ordered by the authority.  

 

16
0494/06

Greece

Category: Motor vehicles

Product: Passenger car

Brand: Toyota

Name: Toyota Yaris, Yaris Verso, Prius

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Affected range produced between 31 January 2001 and 29 October 2001 (Yaris), 8 October 2001 (Yaris Verso) or 8 November 2001 (Prius).

Country of origin: Japan

No pictures are available

Injuries

Due to loss of control of the vehicle, the product poses a risk of accident. Given the improper moulding of the resin body of the crankshaft position sensor installed on the engine block, engine oil may penetrate the seal and enter the sensor wiring connector. In this condition, engine oil inside the sensor wiring connector could cause expansion due to the heat of the engine and could deform the sensor wiring connector. In the worst case, the connector may become disconnected, which could cause the engine to stall while driving and not be able to be restarted.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary corrective actions taken by the importer.  

 

17
0495/06

Greece

Category: Decorative articles

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Decorative yellow coloured lighting star-shaped tube, sold unpacked and without any indications on it.

Type/model: Lichterkette für Innen.

Country of origin: China


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Electric shock,
Fire

The product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive and the standard EN 60598 on 9 check points, including:

- The cross section area of the lighting chain’s wiring is less than required.

- The product does not meet the marking requirements, including wattage, voltage, frequency, Class II symbol and indoor use indication.

- The Greek instructions for use are missing.

Compulsory measures: Withdrawal from the market ordered by the authority. Press release has also been issued.  

 

18
0496/06

Hungary

Category: Lighting equipment

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model: Economic Art: 990526

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Economic lighting “Lava lamp”

Country of origin: Austria


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Electric shock,
Injuries

This product poses a risk of electric shock because during the replacement of the lamp the nipple fixing the lamp holder can loosen, which may cause electric shock. The stability of the product is not satisfactory (it tipped over during the tests).

The Hungarian instruction for use does not refer to the product concerned and does not contain the safety rules of the luminaire to be followed during the usage and the safety warnings in Hungarian.

Compulsory measures: Sales ban, withdrawal from the market and recall from consumers ordered by the authority.  

 

19
0497/06

Hungary

Category: Machinery

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Circular saw “Mans friend”

Type/model: MF/CS185D-824.

Country of origin: China


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Electric shock,
Fire,
Injuries

This product poses a risk of electric shock because internal wires are not fixed and they can get into contact with sharp edges and get damaged.

There is a risk of injuries due to the permanent deformation of the cutting wedge.

This product poses a risk of fire because during the normal load test the appliance emitted smoke and after that caught fire.

This product does not include all required markings. This circular saw does not comply with the Machinery Directive and the European Standards.

Compulsory measures: Sales ban, withdrawal from the market and recall from consumers ordered by the authority.  

 

20
0498/06

Hungary

Category: Machinery

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Angle grinder “Man’s friend”

Type/model: MF 125-104.

Country of origin: China


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Electric shock,
Fire

This product poses a risk of electric shock because:

- during the electric strength test the breakdown occurred (unsatisfactory insulation);

- certain internal wires which are not fixed can get into contact with moving parts and get damaged.

This grinder also poses a risk of fire because during normal load test the functioning of the machine became abnormal, smoke was emitted through the ventilation holes and the product caught fire.

Due to the short-circuit and fire the commutator and the insulation of the stator-coil and armature coil burned down. This product does not include all required markings.

This angle grinder does not comply with the Machinery Directive and the European Standards.

Compulsory measures: Sales ban, withdrawal from the market and recall from consumers ordered by the authority.  

 

21
0499/06

Hungary

Category: Machinery

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model: PG-AG0109 (Z1M-115)

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Angle grinder “Power GT”

Country of origin: China


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Electric shock

This product poses a risk of electric shock because the electric connections (made by twisting flexible internal wires) as well as the insulating tubes are not secured against loosening.

This product does not include all required markings. The Hungarian instruction manual is not complete. This angle grinder does not comply with the Machinery Directive and the European Standards.

Compulsory measures: Sales ban, withdrawal from the market and recall from consumers ordered by the authority.  

 

22
0500/06

Hungary

Category: Machinery

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model: WN115AG

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Angle grinder “Winner"

Country of origin: China


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Electric shock,
Fire

This product poses a risk of electric shock because certain internal wires are not fixed, thus they can get into contact with moving parts and get damaged. During the electric strength test breakdown occurred (unsatisfactory reinforce insulation).

This product poses a risk of fire because during the normal load test the speed suddenly dropped, smoke was emitted through the ventilation holes and the appliance caught fire. Due to the short-circuit and fire the insulation of the stator-coil and armature coil burnt down.

This product does not include all required markings. The Hungarian instruction manual significantly differs from the English text.

This angle grinder does not comply with the Machinery Directive and the European Standards.

Compulsory measures: Sales ban, withdrawal from the market and recall from consumers ordered by the authority.  

 

23
0501/06

Hungary

Category: Lighting equipment

Product:

Brand: Unknown

Name: 1.Reading Lamp, 2.Clock & Lamp, 3.Lamp & Clock.

Type/number of model: 1. 8132S,
2. 1028A (colour version: 1028B),
3. NO.FS0031D (colour versions: NO.FS0031A; NO.FS0031B; NO.FS0031C)

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Luminaires with built-in clock (3 products)

Country of origin: China


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Electric shock

These products pose a risk of electric shock because:

- the live part of the lamp head is accessible by test finger;

- the cross section area of the flexible cable is less than required;

- the plug fails to meet the requirement of the standard,

- the cable inlets on the switch have sharp edges and are not rounded, thus the cable can get damaged;

- the internal wires may get into contact with or are pressed to sharp edges;

- in case of detachment of soldered connections the wire may slip out of the cover, therefore live parts become accessible.

These products do not comply with the Low Voltage Directive and LVD Standards.

Compulsory measures: Sales ban and recall from consumers ordered by the authority.  

 

24
0502/06

Greece

Category: Motor vehicles

Product: Passenger car

Brand: Alfa Romeo

Name: Alfa Romeo

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Type/model: Alfa Romeo GT and 147 cars equipped with VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control System), without engine 3.2 Petrol. The chassis numbers:

- for Alfa Romeo GT, from 3144007 to 3321295 and from 5081439 to 5210113 (produced from November 2003 to December 2005);

- for Alfa Romeo 147, from 3228724 to 3328468 and from 5144149 to 5216111 (produced from June 2004 to January 2006).

Country of origin: Italy

No pictures are available

Injuries

In some of the above-mentioned vehicles, the VDC System cannot recognize the spare wheel, due to its different size from the normal wheels. As a result the ABS does not function in a case of accident.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary corrective actions taken by the importer.  

 

25
0503/06

Greece

Category: Childcare articles and children's equipment

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Soother holder “Happy Angel”

Type/model: Barcode: 47165666700062.

Country of origin: Taiwan


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Choking

This product poses a risk of choking because garment fastener detached during the tensile tests and has not ventilation holes.

This product does not comply with the European Standard.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary withdrawal from the market by the importer. Information to consumers.  

 

(*)

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

Les informations publiées dans les rapports hebdomadaires sont fournies par les points de contact officiels des États membres de l'UE et de l'AELE/EEE. Au titre de l'annexe II.10 de la directive relative à la sécurité générale des produits(2001/95/CE), la responsabilité des informations fournies incombe à la seule partie notifiante. La Commission décline toute responsabilité quant à l'exactitude des informations fournies.

Important notice concerning re-use of RAPEX notifications

Links to the RAPEX website may be created subject to respect of the conditions set out at the following web address:
http://europa.eu/abouteuropa/faq/index_en.htm

Downloading and reproduction for non-commercial or commercial redissemination of any textual and photographic material contained in the RAPEX notifications are subject to prior permission.

The information contained in the weekly overviews may not be adapted or modified by the user. Translations of the RAPEX notifications from the original English-language edition published on the RAPEX website are subject to the conclusion of a free of charge licence agreement.

For permissions or licences, requests shall be addressed to: copyright-info@publications.europa.eu

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Links auf die RAPEX-Webseiten sind vorbehaltlich der Beachtung der Bedingungen zulässig, die Sie unter folgender Adresse finden:
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Das Herunterladen und die Vervielfältigung zum Zwecke der nicht kommerziellen oder kommerziellen Weiterverbreitung von Texten und Fotos in den RAPEX-Meldungen unterliegen der vorherigen Genehmigungspflicht.

Die Informationen in den Wochenübersichten dürfen nicht angepasst oder verändert werden. Übersetzungen der RAPEX-Meldungen aus der ursprünglich veröffentlichten englischsprachigen Fassung sind nach Abschluss einer gebührenfreien Lizenzvereinbarung zulässig.

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