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Weekly overview report of RAPEX notifications

Report 47 (Published on: 01/12/2006)

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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
0766/06

United Kingdom

Category: Protective equipment

Product: Professional Lifejacket with green outer cover

Brand: Englands

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Type/Number of models: ONLY those purchased between September 1997 and July 2006

Country of origin: United Kingdom


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Drowning

Manual operation of lifejacket requires force greater than standard allows to operate. Fault was identified by manufacturer as fault with FITTING of a particular “UML” Firing Head into this specific model. Tight packing of the outer cover can sometimes lead to a restriction of the manual operation pull cord. Where fitted, the automatic operation for inflation of these lifejackets is NOT affected. The inflation tag was subjected to the forces as required by EN 396:1993 part 6.8.4. and the firing head failed to operate at the maximum allowable force of 120 N (+2N).

Voluntary measures: Voluntary recall from consumers ordered by the manufacturer  

 

2
0767/06

Spain

Category: Toys

Product: Plastic toy- dragon with drum

Brand: Dragon baby

Name:

Type/number of model: 2102

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description:

Country of origin: China


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Choking

The graphic symbol indicating that the toy is not suitable for children under 3 years is displayed on the box. However, given the toy's nature and functions, it is in fact intended for this age group.

This product poses a serious risk of choking because the small parts detached and became accessible for children during the drop test. A child can swallow or choke on the small parts which became detached. The warnings which must be placed on toys with batteries are incomplete.

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

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

 

3
0768/06

Spain

Category: Motor vehicles

Product:

Brand: Opel

Name: Van Opel Movano

Type/number of model: Movano

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description:

Country of origin: France


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Injuries

This product poses a serious risk of injuries because cracks in the parking brake lever in the brake’s rear clamp may reduce the operation of the parking brake. If the parking brake does not work, the vehicle may move from its parked position and cause collisions with other vehicles or pedestrians and produce traffic accidents.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary corrective actions taken by the manufacturer.  

 

4
0769/06

France

Category: Toys

Product: Baby buggy for dolls

Brand: MDJ Distribution

Name:

Type/number of model: 14 XI 0052

Batch number/Barcode: 3564531025026

OECD Portal Category:

Description:

Country of origin: China

No pictures are available

Injuries

The product poses a risk of injury because it collapses during the 50kg load test, in an unlocked, partially unfolded position, with places where fingers could get trapped. Due to this non-compliance, the product poses an unacceptable risk for children of trapped and/or crushed fingers.

The toy does not comply with the Toys Directive and the relevant European standard EN 71-1.

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

 

5
0771/06

Germany

Category: Toys

Product: a) Wooden jigsaw puzzle (eagle) b) Wooden jigsaw puzzle (penguins)

Brand: Ronald A/S

Name:

Type/number of model: No 431520

Batch number/Barcode: 5 709557 614832

OECD Portal Category:

Description:

Country of origin: China


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Chemical

These toys pose a serious chemical risk because they contain formaldehyde:

- a) total amount released 1133 mg formaldehyde;

- b) total amount released 1243 mg formaldehyde.

Formaldehyde can cause mucous membrane irritation and cancer.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary recall of the products from consumers by the distributor.  

 

6
0772/06

Spain

Category: Electrical appliances

Product: Picture light with sports car

Brand: Collection Roby

Name:

Type/number of model: 187/7783

Batch number/Barcode: 8435116 277831

OECD Portal Category:

Description:

Country of origin: Unknown


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Electric shock

The product has several serious shortcomings with regard to electrical safety, comprising essential aspects of classification, marking, construction, and protection against electric shock and creepage, and can therefore be considered to be very dangerous. In particular:

- the lamp does not offer sufficient protection against electric shocks;

-various parts of the lamp have no double insulation;

- perforation occurs in the dielectric strength test;

- creepage and air gaps are smaller than required;

- the lamp does not comply with the requirements for mounting slits;

- the inside cable of the lamp does not comply with the requirements;

- the anchoring system incorporated into the lamp is non-compliant;

- the lamp provides no classification for the protection against electric shocks, for the degree of protection or for the material of the supporting surface;

- there is no necessary marking on the lamps.

The product does not comply with the LVD Directive and the relevant European standard EN 60598.

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

 

7
0773/06

France

Category: Lighting equipment

Product: Garden torches

Brand: Aristo

Name:

Type/number of model: Roma – 8 A823619,
Vienne GM ACI – 828691,
Paris Antique - 823629

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description:

Country of origin: Denmark


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Fire

The garden torches were found to be dangerous because the various parts are not secured. They consist of components (fuel container, wick guide) which are not fixed to the items on which they are mounted and which can become detached, giving rise to a fire hazard when the fuel spills out. Since the various components of the torch are not secured, there is a risk of fire or of the user's sustaining burns, if the torch is accidentally knocked over.

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

 

8
0774/06

Germany

Category: Toys

Product: Wooden jigsaw puzzles (lion)

Brand: Free & Easy

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode: 8711295590320

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Type/number of model: Ref.: 106 WGR: 912; Order No: 97051

Country of origin: Unknown


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains formaldehyde which can cause mucous membrane irritation and cancer. The total amount of formaldehyde released from the toy is 253 mg.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary recall from consumers by the distributor.  

 

9
0775/06

Portugal

Category: Motor vehicles

Product: Motorcycle

Brand: Honda

Name: Honda Deauville

Type/number of model: NT 700 VA (VTMRC52B*6E000002 - VTMRC52B*6E008941)

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description:

Country of origin: Spain

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Brake fluid leak

A fixing nut of the rear brake pipe may not be sufficiently fastened, which may result in brake fluid leak.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary corrective actions taken by the importer.  

 

10
0776/06

The Netherlands

Category: Chemical products

Product: Decalcifier

Brand: Imperial / Miele ‘CC’ Decalcifier

Name:

Type/number of model: No. 2.673

Batch number/Barcode: 8027281400013

OECD Portal Category:

Description:

Country of origin: Germany


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Chemical,
Injuries

- although this product is classified as corrosive, it is labelled as irritant only. Therefore, consumers are not informed about the true risks posed by the product.

- about half of the closing caps are leaking. It is therefore likely that consumers have skin contact with the fluid and inhale the vapour. It is also not unlikely that consumers contaminate their fingers and consequently touch their eyes. Skin contact will cause burns, inhalation may cause irritation of the airways, and eye contact may cause injuries.

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains approximately 25% of formic acid and a small amount of 2-butyn-1,4-diol.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary corrective actions.  

 

11
0777/06

Czech Republic

Category: Toys

Product:

Brand: Unknown

Name:

Type/number of model: Type 191-1

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Rattle

Country of origin: Unknown


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Choking

This product poses a serious risk of choking because:

- the equipment emitting a sound becomes removed after the tension test and it fits into the cylinder for small parts;

- the small balls are attainable after the tests and pass through template E;

- during the tension test, parts of the toy become detached and they fit the small parts cylinder;

- the toy becomes damaged during the drop and impact tests, including the creation of sharp edges and detachment of small balls;

- there are no necessary warnings on the toy.

The product does not comply with the Toys Directive and the relevant European standard EN 71-1.

Compulsory measures: Sales ban ordered by the authority.  

 

12
0778/06

Czech Republic

Category: Garden furniture

Product: Folding chair

Brand: Unknown

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode: 4003368173009

OECD Portal Category:

Description:

Country of origin: Germany


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Injuries

The product poses a serious risk of crash/jam/brake of fingers because it does not have a locking mechanism when unfolded. When attempting to move the chair by lifting the seat, there is a possible risk of shear and squeeze point between movable parts of the folding construction of the product. The product does not comply with the relevant European standard EN 581.

An incident where both hands of an eight year old child were injured (the fingers were trapped between movable parts of the chair) has been reported.

Compulsory measures: Sales ban ordered by the authority.  

 

13
0779/06

Slovakia

Category: Electrical appliances

Product: Three-socket extension cord with a child safety switch

Brand: KF

Name:

Type/number of model: KF-FB-03

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description:

Country of origin: China


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Injuries,
Electric shock

The extension cord is not safe as its insulation may be damaged under certain circumstances which can cause injury by electric current and fire hazard. In particular, the product suffers from the following non-compliances with standards:

- the tensile strength of insulation is less than the 10 MPa required (green-yellow – measured value of 6.87 MPa, blue – measured value of 8.19 MPa, brown – measured value of 7.76 MPa) ;

- as to vertical spread of fire, the entire product burns. The product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive and the relevant European standards EN 60811 and EN 50265.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary withdrawal of the product from the market and warning of customers by the supplier  

 

14
0780/06

Greece

Category:

Product:

Brand: Unknown

Name:

Type/number of model: 203

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: super air sport gun

Country of origin: China


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Health risk / other

The class indicated for the laser pointer beam, namely Class II, is not consistent to EN 60825-1 standard because of the irradiance output mentioned above.

The output irradiances of the laser pointer beam is 4.2mW while the marketing and sale of pointers generating more than 1 mW is prohibited by Ministerial Decision on laser products.

Compulsory measures: Sales ban ordered by the authorities.  

 

15
0781/06

Greece

Category: Cosmetics

Product: Eye mask

Brand: Fresh Line

Name:

Type/number of model: Eye Mask Potato, Cod. No. 01176

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description:

Country of origin: Greece

No pictures are available

Infection

The product poses a risk of infection because it contains 5.8x104 – 5x106 cfu/g total aerobic microbial count whereas maximum accepted limit is 100 cfu/g. The product does not comply with the Cosmetics Directive

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

 

16
0782/06

Greece

Category: Lighters

Product: Dagger lighter

Brand: Unknown

Name:

Type/number of model: Unknown

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description:

Country of origin: China


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Injuries,
Cuts

The product poses a risk of injury and cuts for the user in case he presses the button and unleashes the hidden blade when he tries to light a cigarette. This lighter is also a disguised knife, which is prohibited in Greece. There is no indication of how the flame is produced.

Compulsory measures: Confiscation of products ordered by the authority. A press release has been issued.  

 

17
0783/06

Estonia

Category: Cosmetics

Product: Baby cream

Brand: Antoshka

Name:

Type/number of model: 1. Baby cream with aloe vera and camomile,
2. Baby cream with Calendula,
3. Baby cream for windy and bad weather

Batch number/Barcode: 1. 4607010313020,
2. 4607010313037,
3. 460704031013

OECD Portal Category:

Description: 1. produced: 03.2006, best before: 03.2008 and produced: 06.2006, best before: 06.2008

2. used with diapers, produced: 11.2005, best before: 11.2007

3. with panthenol and vitamin E, produced: 07.2006, best before: 07.2008

Country of origin: Russia


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Bacteriological

These products pose bacteriological risks because they contain bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa.Furthermore, the mesophilic aerobic microorganisms count was found to be:

- 6 500 ufc/g (Baby cream with aloe vera and camomile and Baby cream for windy and bad weather)

- 3 ufc/g (Baby cream with Calendula).

The mesophilic aerobic microorganisms count exceeds the limits set in the Manual for Microbiological Checks on Cosmetic Products prepared by the Cosmetics Advisory Committee.

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

 

18
0784/06

United Kingdom

Category: Toys

Product:

Brand: The First Years

Name: “Shake ‘n Jingle” Keys

Type/number of model: Y2852

Batch number/Barcode: 071463028528

OECD Portal Category:

Description:

Country of origin: China


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Choking

The product poses a choking hazard to young children because the coloured top portion of the keys can crack, resulting in the release of small parts.

Consumer complaints regarding this product have been recorded.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary recall from consumers.  

 

19
0785/06

Hungary

Category: Lighting equipment

Product:

Brand: Litecom

Name: Ceiling lamp with 2D fluorescent lamp (fixed luminaire)

Type/number of model: C07/16W (type versions: C07/21W, C07/38W)

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description:

Country of origin: China


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Electric shock

This product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive and the LVD Standards.

This product poses a serious risk of electric shock because sharp edges protrude into the wireways and the wires of the stranded conductor can get into contact with accessible metal parts. The instruction of installation does not refer to the product in question.

Compulsory measures: Sales ban ordered by the authority.  

 

20
0786/06

Category: Lighting equipment

Product:

Brand: Litecom

Name: Ceiling lamps with 2D fluorescent lamp (fixed luminaire).

Type/number of model: 1. 2011/21W (type version: 2011/38W),
2. A09/28W (type version: A08/21W),
3. A05/38W (type version: A05/21W)

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description:

Country of origin: China


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Electric shock

- the instruction of installation does not refer to the product in question.

The products pose a serious risk of fire because the external plastic cover of the terminal block (product 1) or the plastic cover of the electronic ballast (products 2 and 3) catch fire and burning does not stop within the time limit specified in the standard.

The products pose a serious risk of electric shock because:- the free wires of the stranded conductor can get into contact with accessible metal parts;

The products do not comply with the Low Voltage Directive and the relevant European standard EN 60598.

Compulsory measures: Sales ban 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.

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