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Weekly overview report of RAPEX notifications

Report 33 (Published on: 25/08/2006)

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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
0525/06

Greece

Category: Motor vehicles

Product: Passenger car

Brand: Mazda

Name:

Type/number of model: MPV with 2.3L engine

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description:

Country of origin: Japan

No pictures are available

Injuries

It is possible that the power steering oil pump pulley fixing nut may be loosened or the pulley may crack due to insufficient tightening torque of the fixing nut and insufficient strength of pulley. If the vehicle continues to be used under such conditions, the pulley may be broken or come off, allowing the steering effort to increase. This can lead to the loss of control of vehicle.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary corrective actions taken by the importer and information to consumers.  

 

2
0526/06

Greece

Category:

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model: SW-059

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Electric contact grill – toaster “DIXAN”

Country of origin: China


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Fire

This product does not comply with the Low Voltage Standards. During the tests the temperature rising at feeding lead strands was higher than the allowed upper limits.

Compulsory measures: Withdrawal from the market ordered by the authority. Information to consumers.  

 

3
0527/06

Ireland

Category:

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode: 2FW04345

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Cream “Paris Fair & White Whitening Cream”

Expiry date 12/09.

Country of origin: France

No pictures are available

Skin irritation

This product poses a risk of skin irritation because it contains hydroquinone, at concentrations of between 3.5% - 3.6% w/w.

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

 

4
0528/06

Finland

Category:

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model: PW-1050p/MWST-1

Batch number/Barcode: 8 713439 143560

OECD Portal Category:

Description: One Plug adaptor “Trust”

Country of origin: The Netherlands


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Electric shock

This product poses a risk of electric shock because:

- it is possible to insert only one pin of an europlug into the socket-outlet part of the adaptor,

- the shutter does not prevent single-pole insertion when a pin is pressed against the shutters with a force of 40 N.

Compulsory measures: This product does not comply with the Low Voltage Standards. Recall from consumers ordered by the authority.  

 

5
0529/06

Germany

Category: Toys

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model: 26564

Batch number/Barcode: 3588270026564

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Chariot construction alphabet “Ludi’ Bois” (brightly-coloured wooden building blocks).

Country of origin: China


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Choking

This product poses a risk of choking because it contains ‘small parts” that may be swallowed by children. The building blocks are toys that can easily be held and played with by children under 36 months.

Compulsory measures: This product does not comply with the Toys Directive and the European Standard EN 71-1. Withdrawal from the market ordered by the authority.  

 

6
0530/06

Germany

Category: Toys

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model: Unknown

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Wooden pyramid-shaped figures (balancing game)

Country of origin: China


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Choking

This product poses a risk of choking because it contains ‘small parts” that may be swallowed by children. The building blocks are toys that can easily be held and played with by children under 36 months.

Compulsory measures: This product does not comply with the Toys Directive and the European Standard EN 71-1. Withdrawal from the market ordered by the authority.  

 

7
0531/06

Germany

Category: Toys

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model: Zoo Truck

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Wooden toy lorry “Xinsheng” (push fit puzzle)

Country of origin: Unknown


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Choking

This product poses a risk of choking because it contains ‘small parts” that may be swallowed by children. The toy is be intended for children under 36 months.

Compulsory measures: The product does not comply with the Toys Directive and the European Standard EN 71-1. Withdrawal from the market ordered by the authority.  

 

8
0532/06

Greece

Category:

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model: P37

Batch number/Barcode: 923156978334

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Laser Pointer key holder in a shape of a revolver, sold in grey package.

Country of origin: China


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Damage to sight

This product poses a risk of damage to sight because the output irradiance of the laser pointer beam is 5.1mW. In addition, the class indicated, namely Class II, is not consistent with the European Standard EN 60825.

Compulsory measures: Sales ban ordered by the authority.  

 

9
0533/06

Germany

Category:

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Men’s flannel shirt “NKD” (100% cotton).

Type/model: “St. Moritz” flannel shirt, Art. No. 1426117, EAN-Code 2014261172558 (in Germany) or Art. No. 1426119 (in Austria).

Country of origin: Bangladesh


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Chemical

Prohibited azodyes are used in the production of this product. Breakdown of one or more of the azo groups can form carcinogenic amines. 220 mg/kg of 2,4-toluylendiamine (CAS-No.: 95-80-7) was found in the red part of the fabric.

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

 

10
0534/06

Slovakia

Category:

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model: Unknown

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Spot light “LUCERNA”

Country of origin: Unknown


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Electric shock

The product poses a risk of electric shock because the internal conductor of the light rubs against the cover when the spotlight is turned, hence after a certain period of time the basic insulation of the conductors may be damaged and the live part may make contact with the metal cover.

In addition, the labelling is incorrect and required information is missing.

This product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive and the European Standard EN 60598.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary withdrawal from the market and warning of consumers by the distributor.  

 

11
0535/06

Slovakia

Category:

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model: LNP (on the product), LN (on the package) 5LN1 (in the directions for use)

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Neon lamp “ELGOTECH”

Country of origin: Poland


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Fire

The product poses a risk of fire because:

- the imprint of the ball on the plastic cover of the light (which contains live parts, bare conductors and component terminals), heated to the temperature of + 125 C when tested and has a diameter of 6.9 mm (the maximum allowed value is 2 mm);

the plastic holder of the plug burns continuously after being removed from the flame and the burning drops of plastic set the silk paper on fire;

- the dimensions of traces and spacing measured on the printed circuit inside the light are smaller than required;

- the labelling is incorrect/insufficient, including that there is no indication that the product is to be used only in the interior.

This product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive and the European Standard EN 60598.

Voluntary measures: Sales ban, warning of consumers and informing them of recall ordered by the authority. Voluntary withdrawal from the market and warning of consumers by the distributor.  

 

12
0536/06

Hungary

Category:

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Electric drilling machine “POWER GT”

Type/model: PG-ID0 (ZIJ-13T)1200W).

Country of origin: China


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Electric shock,
Fire,
Injuries

The product poses a risk of:

- electric shock because the wires in the surroundings of the switch are unfixed and can get pinched;

- fire because during the thermal test, after 4,5 minutes the machine started to operate at fluctuating speed, then emitted smoke and flame and stopped;

- injury because the instructions for use do not contain provisions required for the safe use (e.g. applicable extension cord in case of outdoor use, use of ear-protector required for operation).

This product does not comply with the Machinery Directive and the European Standard EN 60745.

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

 

13
0537/06

Hungary

Category:

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Electric drilling machine “REDLINE”

Type/model: RL/ID0709-760.

Country of origin: China


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Electric shock,
Injuries

The product poses a risk of:

- electric shock because in the surroundings of the switch the internal wires are not properly fixed and can get into contact with sharp edges or get pinched;

- injury because the instructions for use do not contain some provisions required for the safe use (e.g., extension cable set in case of outdoor use, use of complementary grip).

This product does not comply with the Machinery Directive and the European Standard EN 60745.

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

 

14
0538/06

Slovakia

Category:

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model: Unknown

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Boy’s briefs “DMD 8”

Description: Boy’s briefs, knitwear. Size: up to 1 year.

Information on the label: MADE IN CHINA, 100 % cotton, DMD 8. Colour: dark blue with a print on the front of a tractor with the inscription “TRACTOR”.

Country of origin: China


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Chemical

This product poses a chemical risk to consumers since it contains prohibited carcinogenic aromatic amine 3,3-dimethoxybenzidine (measured value 144 mg.kg-1) and formaldehyde (measured value 23.5 mg.kg-1).

Voluntary measures: Voluntary recall by the distributor  

Compulsory measures: Withdrawal from the market and warning of consumers ordered by the authority  

 

15
0539/06

Hungary

Category:

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Electric drilling machine “MAN’S FRIEND”.

Type/model: Unknown.

Country of origin: China


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Electric shock,
Fire,
Injuries

The product poses a risk of:

- electric shock because during thermal test, in the course of normal operation the insulations damaged causing a breakdown between the accessible metal parts and live parts;

- fire because the mains cable cannot be fixed firmly in the connecting terminals; during the thermal test, the product emitted smoke and flame and stopped;

- injury because the instructions for use do not contain the majority of provisions required for the safe use and certain provisions are unclear or contain contradictory instructions (e.g., maintenance instructions that may be dangerous in the lack of expertise or proper tools).

This product does not comply with the Machinery Directive and the European Standard EN 60745.

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

 

16
0540/06

Finland

Category:

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Sauna heating appliance “TM-TOOLS”

Type/model: Type: PSAU-60NS, EAN: 6 405086 002506.

Country of origin: Unknown


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Electric shock,
Fire

The product poses a risk of electric shock and fire because:

- temperature controller and thermal limit control the same contactor which is not allowed since thermal limit does not work if the contacts of the contactor will weld to each other;

- opening of the switch (contactor) is approximately 0.5 mm whereas the requirement is 3.0 mm;

- locking hole is missing from the terminal part of the earthing terminal;

- connection diagram is missing from the connection space of the product;

- fixing devices needed to fix the product on the wall are missing;

- instructions for use and installations and markings are unclear, defective and/or contradictory.

This product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive and the European Standard EN 60335.

Compulsory measures: Recall from consumers ordered by the authority.  

 

17
0541/06

United Kingdom

Category: Toys

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model: 85359

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Wooden puzzle blocks on rack “Woolpro”

Country of origin: China


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Poisoning

This product poses a risk of poisoning due to high levels of metals transfer in paints. Red coating contains 550 mg per kg of soluble lead and 98 mg per kg of chromium. The limit laid down in European Standard EN 71-3 for soluble lead in toys is 90 mg per kg and for soluble chromium 60 mg per kg.

This product does not comply with the Toys Directive and the European Standard EN 71-3.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary stop of sales and recall from consumers.  

 

18
0542/06

United Kingdom

Category:

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model: X-94019

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Sports car “Modern Speed Toys – Funny Toys”

Country of origin: China


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Poisoning

This product poses a risk of poisoning due to high toxic levels in yellow and silver paint on car. Yellow coating contains 1549 mg per kg of soluble lead and 233 mg per kg of chromium. Silver coating contains 291 mg per kg of soluble lead and 75 mg per kg of chromium. The limit laid down in European Standard EN 71-3 for soluble lead in toys is 90 mg per kg and for soluble chromium 60 mg per kg. This product does not comply with the Toys Directive and the European Standard EN 71-3.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary stop of sales and recall from consumers.  

 

19
0543/06

Ireland

Category:

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Computer battery pack “Dell”

Type/model: 1K055, C5340, D6024, JK616, U5867, X5333, 3K590, C5446, D6025, JD617, U5882, X5875, 59474, C6269, F2100, KD494, W5915, X5877, 6P922, C6270, F5132, M3006, X5308, U1333, C2603, D2961, GD785, RD857, X5329, Y4500, C5339, D5555, H3191, TD349, X5332, Y5466.

The affected batteries are sold separately or with the following Dell notebook computers: Latitude D410, D500, D505, D510, D520, D600, D610, D620, D800, D810; Inspiron 500M, 510M, 600M, 6000, 6400, 8500, 8600, 9100, 9200, 9300, XPS, XPS Gen2, XPSM1710, XPS M1710 and Dell Precision(TM) M20, M60 and M70 mobile workstations.

Country of origin: Japan


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Fire,
Burns

The product poses a risk of burns because under certain rare conditions, there is an elevated risk that a battery cell may overheat or catch fire as a result of the presence of metallic particles in the cell. The product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive. 11 over-heating related incidents have been reported of which none resulted in personal injuries.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary corrective actions taken by the importer.  

 

20
0544/06

Latvia

Category:

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Bicycle for children “BMX12” (no specified age group)

Type/model: Unknown.

Country of origin: China


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Injuries,
Chemical

This product poses a risk of injury because:

- there is no second breaking system;

- there is no safety guard set on the chain;

- contrary to requirements, space between stabilizer and rear wheel is less then 175mm;

- metal elements all over the frame have sharp and abrasive edges;

- contrary to requirements, protrusion of the screws fastening the mudguard on the front wheel and the ends of the break holders is more then 8cm long;

- fastening screws are not rounded at the ends. In addition, concentration of the lead and chromium in the orange paint is higher then limits laid down in European Standard EN 71-3 and the product thereby poses a chemical risk.

Compulsory measures: This product does not comply with the European Standards EN 71-3 and EN 14765. Sales ban, withdrawal from the market and press release ordered by the authority.  

 

21
0545/06

Finland

Category:

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model: KR1000LCD

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: UPS device (Uninterruptible power supply) “AEC”

Country of origin: Italy


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Electric shock

This product poses a risk of electric shock since there is not sufficient electrical insulation between the part of the mains voltage and the secondary circuit (USB connector). This product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive and the European Standard EN 62040.

Compulsory measures: Recall from consumers ordered by the authority.  

 

22
0546/06

Czech Republic

Category: Motor vehicles

Product: Mini motorbike

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model: PD-049

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description:

Country of origin: China


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Injuries

This product poses a risk of injury because:

- the spot of contact of drive chain and sprocket of the rear wheel are unprotected resulting in a risk of winding a cloth in and injuring limbs;

- the necessary warning information is not provided, including measures that should be taken as regards children's safety when using the product and clear warning of the risk resulting from an insufficient distance of a person from the unprotected spot of contact of drive chain and sprocket of the rear wheel.

This product does not comply with the Machinery Directive.

Compulsory measures: Sales ban ordered by the authority.  

 

23
0547/06

Hungary

Category:

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Child-appealing lighters in the form of a

1. Toy gambling machine;

2. Mobile phone;

3. Mobile phone;

4. Ball-pen.

Brand: Unknown.

Country of origin: Unknown


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Burns

These products pose a risk of burns. These lighters are attractive to children who may consider them as toys. The products do not contain instructions for use.

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

 

24
0548/06

Greece

Category: Motor vehicles

Product: Motorcycle “BUELL”

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model: XB12X Ulysses

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Description: 2006 Buell model XB12X Ulysses motorcycles, built between March 15, 2005 and June 16, 2006.

Country of origin: United States

No pictures are available

Injuries

Due to two assembly issues that could compromise the sidestand’s performance, either the pivot bolt for the sidestand leg or the mounting bracket bolts could break, possibly without notice. If either of these failures occurs, the motorcycle could fall, possibly causing injury or death.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary corrective actions taken by the importer.  

 

25
0549/06

Hungary

Category:

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model: HB6720

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Glue gun “PISTOLA SILICONA”

Country of origin: China


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Electric shock

The product poses a risk of electric shock because:

- the insulation between the metal parts and live parts is not sufficient which may cause electric shock in case of a breakdown;

- the insulation tubes complementing the internal wiring are not fixed in their position;

- the plug is non-standardized;

- there are no Hungarian instructions for use; and

- there is no indication of Class II and the indicated voltage (110-220V) differs from the value used in Hungary (230 V~).

This product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive and the European Standard EN 60335.

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

 

26
0550/06

Greece

Category:

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model: K.SK/J-40001

Batch number/Barcode: 5204738400018.

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Soother holder with clip “JUNIOR’S”

Description: White coloured soother holder, with the icon of two bears on the clip, sold in blue-yellow package.

Country of origin: China


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Choking

This product poses a risk of choking because garment fastener has a big unventilated area and during the “impact resistance test”, the soother holder was broken, generating ‘small parts’, which can be swallowed by the baby, causing choking. This product does not comply with the European Standard EN 12586.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary withdrawal from the market by the importer. Press release has been issued.  

 

(*)

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

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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.

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