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Weekly overview report of RAPEX notifications

Report 45 (Published on: 17/11/2006)

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Serious risk Disclaimer EN DE FR - Important notice for re-use of RAPEX notifications EN DE FR
Notifying country Product
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Risk Measures adopted by notifying country Products were found and measures were taken also in: (*)


The Netherlands

Category: Cosmetics




Type/number of model: Long formula Nail colour 413

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: “Sleek” Nail Colour

Country of origin: United Kingdom

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This product poses a chemical risk to consumers because it contains 7.1% dibutylphalate which may cause harm to the unborn child and impaired fertility. Phthalates have a negative effect on the development of male/female reproductive organs. Especially children are vulnerable as their body is developing and can be negatively affected by these toxic substances.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary withdrawal from the market.  



United Kingdom

Category: Lighters

Product: Novelty Lighters “Mad Cow by Dora” (Other lighters not known)



Type/number of model: Unknown

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Supplied by wholesalers in display boxes of 10 and 16 to be sold individually by retailers.

1. Foot 6cmx3cmx2cm.

2. Duracell Battery (shape and colour of real Duracell battery) 2.5cmx4.5cm.

3. Samsung mobile phone 6.5cm x 3.5cm x 2cm (colour of real Samsung phones).

4. Cow 7.5cmx5cmx3cm (black and white with a little red).

5. Coca-cola cup 5cmx3.5cmx2.5cm (red and white).

Country of origin: Unknown

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The notified products are appealing to children who will mistake them for toys which could lead to small children either burning themselves or causing a fire. Lighters do not have any warnings indicating that they are lighters.

Voluntary measures: All lighters in wholesalers surrendered.  

Compulsory measures: All lighters in wholesalers surrendered.  




Category: Lighting equipment

Product: Table lamp

Brand: Stork


Type/number of model: Huangslite H-5000-1

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:


Country of origin: Hong Kong

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Electric shock

One incident reported by a consumer - the halogen light bulb exploded and short-circuit occurred.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary actions taken by the importer: recall from consumers, withdrawal from the market, information to consumers.  




Category: Cosmetics




Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode: 1 070807

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Skin-gel “Alosan 96 % Aloe vera repair skin-gel”

Country of origin: Denmark

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This product poses a serious bacteriological risk because it contains:

- total aerobic count (4,3x105 cfu/g and 3,2x106 cfu/g);

- pseudomonas aeruginosa.

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




Category: Motor vehicles

Product: Passenger car

Brand: Chevrolet

Name: Fuel Feeding Pump in Chevrolet cars

Type/number of model: AVEO T250 1.4lt

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: The recall concerns vehicles produced from June 2005 to 27 September 2006.

Country of origin: Republic of Korea

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One incident, during the NCAP (New Car Assessment Program) test.

On some AVEO vehicles, fuel feed tubes and fuse blocks may fracture during a severe frontal crash event what may cause fuel pump to continue to operate after the crash.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary corrective actions taken by the importer.  




Category: Motor vehicles

Product: Lower Ball Joints in Jeep vehicle



Type/number of model: Passengers’ Car Cherokee, type KJ

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: The recall concerns vehicles built through March 15, 2006. The VIN/chassis numbers are:



@ = 4 or 8

$ = L or 6

% = B or N or C or E

# = 1 or 7 or 5 or K

? = 1 to 9 or X

^ = 2 or 3 or 4 or 5 or 6

* = production numbers of 6-digits

Country of origin: United States

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Water may enter into the front suspension lower ball joints in the affected vehicles. This can cause the ball joints to corrode and separate. Ball joints separation can result in a loss of steering control and could cause a crash without prior warning.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary corrective actions taken by the importer.  




Category: Electrical appliances and equipment

Product: 3-socket power strip



Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: White 3-socket power strip with extension cable in transparent plastic bag with blue/yelllow cardboard label, and GS mark of the TÜV Product Service.

Country of origin: Unknown

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Electric shock

This product poses a risk of electric shock because:

- the housing of the appliance can be opened using ordinary tools;

- the lead cross-sections are too narrow;

- the cables are identified with the wrong colours;

- the soldered connection is defective;

- the neutral conductor contact on the coupler socket is unsatisfactory;

- required markings are missing.

This product does not comply with the Low Voltage Standard.

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



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:

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:

Wichtiger Hinweis zur Weiterverwendung von RAPEX-Meldungen

Links auf die RAPEX-Webseiten sind vorbehaltlich der Beachtung der Bedingungen zulässig, die Sie unter folgender Adresse finden:

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.

Anträge auf Genehmigungen oder Lizenzen sind zu richten an:

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