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Weekly overview report of RAPEX notifications

Report 12 (Published on: 28/03/2008)

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Risk Measures adopted by notifying country Products were found and measures were taken also in: (*)



Category: Motor vehicles

Product: Passenger car



Type/number of model: JETTA and GOLF VARIANT (type 1K2/1K5)

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: There are 4 885 vehicles affected on the Spanish market, manufactured between 8 January 2007 and 9 January 2008 with the following chassis numbers:

WVW ___ 1K _ 7 M 099441 - 202689 WVW ___ 1K _ 8 M 000025 - 111903 3VW ___ 1K _ 7 M 101615 - 202685 3VW ___ 1K _ 8 M 000033 - 105765 WVW ___ 1K _ 7 M 300066 – 307813 WVW ___ 1K _ 8 M 300001 – 360414 3VW ___ 1K _ 7 M 300151 – 303116 3VW ___ 1K _ 8 M 300043 – 321362

Country of origin: Germany

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The product poses a risk of fire as transition resistance may be unacceptably high in the earth connection of the heating element of the additional air heater. This may cause overheating in this cable's connection area, damage resulting from excessive temperatures and, in the worst case scenario, it could set the vehicle on fire.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary corrective action taken by the importer.  




Category: Toys

Product: Plastic toy "Dinosauri"

Brand: Unknown


Type/number of model: Bar code 97718269370009

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: 12 small plastic dinosaurs of various colours in a blister pack, given as a free gift with the children's monthly magazine “Piccoli Cuccioli” issue 12, published by Edizioni GES of Rho (Milan).

Country of origin: China

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The product poses a chemical risk because the aromatic oil used in preparing the rubber mixture was creosote oil, which is considered a dangerous substance under Directive 67/548/EEC. It is a category 2 carcinogen and, in the short-term, is an irritant to the eyes, skin and respiratory tract.

This product does not comply with the Chemical Restrictions Directive 76/769/EEC.

Compulsory measures: Sales ban ordered by the authorities.  



United Kingdom

Category: Motor vehicles

Product: 4-wheeled motorised ATV quad bike



Type/number of model:

- Sportsman 500s. Model year 2005 - Scrambler ATVs. Model Year 2005 - Sportsman 400s. Model Year 2005 and 2006 - Scrambler 500 4x4s. Model Year 2006 - Sportsman 450s. Model Year 2005 - Sportsman 600s. Model Year 2005 and 2006 - Sportsman 6x6s. Model Year 2005 and 2006 - Carbureted. Model Year 2005

- Sportsman 700s. Model Year 2005

- Carbureted 2005. Model Year 2005 - Sportsman MV7.

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: The recall concerns 2004, 2005 and 2006 model year vehicles.

Country of origin: United States

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The product poses a risk of fire because certain vehicles were assembled with Electronic Control Modules (ECMs) that may contain a defective fan Field Effect Transistor (FET). The fan FET is an electrical component involved with the ATV’s cooling fan function. In most instances when the fan FET fails, the vehicle battery will drain and the vehicle will not start. In some instances, the defective fan FET can cause the ECM to fail and then overheat. If this were to occur, excessive heat could occur inside the ECM which could, in infrequent circumstances, progress to fire.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary corrective action taken by the importer.  




Category: Motor vehicles

Product: Motorcycle exhaust shield



Type/number of model: cles Product: Motorcycle exhaust shield


Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: This recall applies to the 2006 and 2007 XL model motorcycles listed below, manufactured between 31 October 2005 and 16 May 2007.

- 2006 XL models – 1200L, 1200R

- 2007 XL models – 883, 883L, 883R, 1200L, 1200N, 1200R and XL 50.

Country of origin: United States

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The product poses a risk of burns as the trouser leg of some riders may come into direct contact with the exhaust pipe.

This condition could cause the trouser leg to char or burn, causing injury to the rider.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary corrective action taken by the importer.  




Category: Food-imitating products

Product: Candles



Type/number of model: Code 215512,

Batch number/Barcode: 8 717427 461650

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Food-imitating decorative candle in the shape of a cookie with raisins (approx. dimensions: diameter 4cm, height 1.5 cm). The candle is sold unpacked and comes with the following warning: “Warning! This is not for consumption!! Please keep away from children and animals”.

Country of origin: Unknown

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The product poses a risk of choking as, due to its characteristic form, appearance, colour and size, the product may be mistaken for a foodstuff. This may lead children to put it in their mouths and swallow it, which could entail the risk of asphyxia or obstruction of the digestive tract.

The product does not comply with Directive 87/357/EEC on products which, appearing to be other than they are, endanger the health or safety of consumers.

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




Category: Toys

Product: Plastic toy "Sky Wings" aeroplane



Type/number of model: EAN 0661732763351; No 76334

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: The toy is a military plane made of grey and green metal. On the packaging there is a CE mark, EAN code a pictogram concerning age restriction 0-3 and the following inscriptions: “Unsuitable for children under 3 years due to risk of swallowing small parts”, name and address of the importer. There is also a warning: “Choking hazard. Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.”

Country of origin: China

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The product poses a risk of injuries because the thin wings can cause skin lesions or even cuts if stepped on with bare feet or if somebody is hit with the toy.

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

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



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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