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Weekly overview report of RAPEX notifications

Report 13 (Published on: 04/04/2008)

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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
0375/08

Spain

Category: Cosmetics

Product: Children's make-up set

Brand: GOLIATH

Name:

Type/number of model: Reference: 35414

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Make-up set with 2 pots, 1 brush, 1 nail varnish, 1 set of 3 colours with applicator and 1 lipstick. The packaging is a transparent plastic blister pack showing the contents.

Country of origin: Hong Kong


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Microbiological

The product poses a microbiological risk because the mesophilic aerobic micro-organisms count is 1300 cfu/g, which exceeds the maximum allowed limits and can cause infection. In addition, the time limit for use after opening is not given.

This product does not comply with the Cosmetics Directive 76/768/EEC.

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

 

2
0376/08

United Kingdom

Category: Toys

Product: Toys with magnets – Magnetix MagnaMan magnetic action figures.

Brand: MEGA Brands

Name:

Type/number of model:

28170 – 072348281700, 28198 – 072348281984, 28171 – 072348281717, 28327 – 072348283278, 28172 – 072348281724, 28175 – 072348281755, 28173 – 072348281731, 28393 – 072348283933, 28164 – 072348281649, 28392 – 072348283926, 28165 – 072348281656, 28327 – 072348283278.

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Magnetix MagnaMan figures for build and rebuild action. Assortment includes Izor the futuristic alien and One-Eyed Jack featuring a body shield. Package warnings are: CAUTION: Do not ingest or inhale magnets. Attraction of magnets in the body may cause serious injury and require medical care. ! WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD – Small parts. Toy contains a small ball. Not for children under 3 years. Not suitable for children under 3 years. Logo.

Country of origin: China


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Choking and injuries

The product poses a risk of choking and injuries. Small magnets inside the figures can be detached. Magnets found by young children can be swallowed or aspirated. If more than one magnet is swallowed, the magnets can attract each other causing intestinal perforations or blockages, which can be fatal.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary withdrawal from the market and recall from consumers by the importer.  

 

3
0377/08

United Kingdom

Category: Toys

Product: Magnetic toys - Magtastik and Magnetix JR Magnetic Building Sets

Brand: MEGA Brands

Name:

Type/number of model: Model:

427 – 065541004276. 468 – 065541004689. 428 – 065541004283. 467 – 065541004672. 429 – 065541004290. 465 – 065541004658. 431 – 065541004313. 496 – 065541004962. 434 – 065541004344. 424 – 065541004245. 435 – 065541004351. 425 – 065541004252. 448 – 065541004481. 426 – 065541004269. 456 – 065541004566. 423 – 065541004238. 461 – 065541004610. 433 – 065541004337. 462 – 065541004627. 436 – 065541004368. 466 – 065541004665. 446 – 065541004467. 469 – 065541004696.

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Magtastik Starter Set; Magtastik Deluxe Set; Primary; Primary Starter; Car; Helicopter; Fun Pack; Jumbo 24 Piece Bag; Round Bag; 12 Piece Mag Bag; Target Bucket; 40 Piece Tub; Deluxe New Starter Set; Wonder Coaster; Starter Set – New Parts; Magnimals – Monkey; Magnimals – Dog.; Magnimals – Dinosaur; Magnimals Assortment; Mag Mobile Assortment; Magnimals Pet Set; Magnimals Bonus Pack; Easter Pack.

Description on packaging: Magtastik is the only pre-school activity and learning system that uses magnetic power to build fun shapes. The ultimate in storage, this tub has 40 mix 'n match pieces for pre-schoolers to build big with endless possibilities! Create and discover magnetic fun! Tools for creative learning! Ages: 3+ Build your favourite Magnimal friend with magnetic power. All of these adorable animals have special pieces with magnets to ignite a child's imagination. 8 pieces Ages: 3+. Packaging warnings are: "! WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD – Small parts. Not for children under 3 years. Not suitable for children under 3 years". Logo.

Country of origin: China


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Choking and injuries

The product poses a risk of choking and injuries because magnets in the small flexible parts of the animals, vehicles and building sets can be detached. Magnets found by young children can be swallowed or aspirated. If more than one magnet is swallowed, the magnets can attract each other and cause intestinal perforations or blockages, which can be fatal.

Two accidents reported in the United States.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary withdrawal from the market and recall from consumers by the manufacturer.  

 

4
0378/08

Austria

Category: Clothing, textiles and fashion items

Product: Scarf

Brand: ACPASHMINA7

Name:

Type/number of model: ZZFRA614.

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Black acrylic scarf, dimensions 195 x 75cm.

Country of origin: Unknown


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains 30mg/kg of benzidine, which is a known human carcinogen which can easily be absorbed through the skin. This product does not comply with the Chemical Restrictions Directive 76/769/EEC.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary withdrawal from the market.  

 

5
0379/08

Poland

Category: Toys

Product: Plastic toy

Brand: MY SWEET PONY

Name:

Type/number of model: EAN 5900733104998

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: The toy is a pony made of pink, soft plastic. The pony has pink-violet mane and tail. A blue-pink brush and blue bottle are attached to the toy. The toy was packed in a plastic bag closed with folded multicoloured cardboard. On the cardboard there was a tag with a CE mark, pictogram concerning age 0-3 restriction, name and address of importer, “Made in China” inscription and caution: “Product not suitable for children below 3 years”.

Country of origin: China


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains 17% by weight of di-2-ethyl-hexylphthalate (DEHP).

According to the Chemical Restrictions Directive 76/769/EEC, certain phthalates in toys are prohibited.

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

 

6
0380/08

Germany

Category: Toys

Product: Joke item - smoking cigarettes and cigars

Brand: TOP FUN

Name:

Type/number of model: EAN 4044186106121, EAN 4044186106039.

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Plastic blister-pack with brightly coloured printed cardboard backing, each containing two cigarettes or one cigar.

Country of origin: Hong Kong


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains talc and due to possible inhalation of the 20% - 25% talcum powder contained in the "cigarettes". Given that children could inhale while imitating an adult smoking, the product must be classified as unsafe for the target group – children. A warning notice is not sufficient to adequately ensure their safety.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary withdrawal from the market.  

 

7
0381/08

Germany

Category: Jewellery

Product: Bracelet : "Dog Tag" bracelets

Brand: TRIBAL SWADOW

Name:

Type/number of model: Article no.: 76/1087

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Black braided textile bracelets with various metallic decorations in the middle (36-40 cm).

Country of origin: China


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains azo-dyes that release 191 mg/kg of amines benzidine and 156 mg/kg of 3,3’-dimethoxy benzidine.

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

Voluntary measures: Voluntary withdrawal from the market.  

 

8
0382/08

Spain

Category: Electrical appliances

Product: Shaver

Brand: ZOWAEL

Name:

Type/number of model: Model: RSCW 7088, Bar code: 6928686481897.

Description: A black and grey electrical shaver packed in a cardboard box. The label reads Zowael Shave 2 Blades Rechargeable Wet/Dry RSCW 7088,

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: A black and grey electrical shaver packed in a cardboard box. The label reads Zowael Shave 2 Blades Rechargeable Wet/Dry RSCW 7088, barcode: 6928686481897.

Country of origin: China


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Electric shock

The product poses a risk of electric shock because:

- it does not meet the requirements for electric strength between the primary and secondary circuit,

- the appliance has insufficient protection against contact with live parts,

- the power-cord of the machine does not have the necessary reinforced insulation.

The product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive and the relevant European standard EN 60335.

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

 

9
0383/08

United Kingdom

Category: Machinery

Product: Wind turbine

Brand: PROVEN

Name:

Type/number of model: WT2500, WT6000, WT6000E and WT15000.

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Wind turbine

Country of origin: United Kingdom


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Injuries

The product poses a risk of injuries because of insufficient tightening or movement of the connecting bolts. This results in fatigue leading to overload which causes the heads of the bolts to pop off. One incident reported.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary corrective action taken by the manufacturer.  

 

10
0384/08

Poland

Category: Toys

Product: Plush toy – reindeer with a bell

Brand: PAUL

Name:

Type/number of model: EAN 4026272052109; ART. NO 5210

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Toy reindeer, 30 cm in height, made of light-brown coloured plush. The toy wears a shawl to which a ringing bell is attached. With the toy there is a tag with a barcode and an inscription in Polish “Plush mascots DEEF”.

Country of origin: China


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Choking

The product poses a risk of choking because the bell on the reindeer can be detached and fits completely into the small parts test cylinder. In addition, the marking of this toy as not intended for children under 36 month is inappropriate because this type of simple toy is treated as a toy for children under 3 years old.

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

Voluntary measures: Voluntary withdrawal from the market.  

 

11
0385/08

United Kingdom

Category: Toys

Product: Toy car "friction power"

Brand: WIL

Name:

Type/number of model: TY2409

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Model toy car in blue and white box with transparent plastic top and front. Yellow/orange/green toy colours failed testing.

Country of origin: China


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains high levels of lead and chromium on bodywork of cars. The levels of lead vary from 1820ppm to 3647ppm compared with the required limit of 90ppm. The levels of chromium vary from 317ppm to 343ppm compared with the required limit of 60ppm.

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

Voluntary measures: Voluntary withdrawal from the market.  

 

12
0386/08

United Kingdom

Category: Childcare articles and children's equipment

Product: Wooden playpen

Brand: CALYPSO

Name:

Type/number of model: #132211

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: A rectangular wooden playpen with plain dowel bars and a PVC-covered, padded MDF base board. The sides can be folded down and it has 2 legs and 2 lockable casters.

Country of origin: Poland


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Injuries and suffocation

The product poses a risk of injuries and suffocation because:

- the 4 spring clips used to support the base are not protected against corrosion,

- the slots in the corner posts are between 5mm & 12mm and more than 10mm deep. A gap between 5mm & 12mm exists between the lower side rails and the base rails on all 4 sides,

- a gap between 25mm & 45mm exists between the corner posts and their adjacent dowels,

- the folding mechanism requires 2 consecutive actions to release, the first fails to require 50N to release,

- the minimum internal height from the top of the corner post (highest point on which a child can stand) to the top rail, is less than 600mm

- when in the elevated position, one of the spring clips deform allowing the base to collapse. With the base in the lowest position, 2 of the support brackets detach allowing the base to collapse when impacted at the centre end location,

- it is not marked with the maximum weight of child to use the playpen.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary withdrawal from the market.  

 

13
0387/08

Italy

Category: Kitchen/cooking accessories

Product: Thermal flasks and containers

Brand: ARTE & FUOCO / CASAITALIA

Name:

Type/number of model: Unknown

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: The product types with the brand name Arte & Fuoco: blue, 1 litre; yellow, 1.2 litres; orange, 0.8 litres; with yellow handle, 0.15 litres; with yellow handle, 0.25 litres; with yellow handle, 0.75 litres; with blue handle, 1 litre.

Country of origin: China


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains asbestos fibres which could cause cancer if inhaled when the glass container breaks and the asbestos board is handled.

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

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

 

14
0388/08

Greece

Category: Motor vehicles

Product: Motorcycle fuel hose

Brand: KAWASAKI

Name:

Type/number of model: Motorcycles, models VN900B/C

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description:

1. VN900B6F – from JKAVN900BBA000453 to JKAVN900BBA010129,

2. VN900B7F – from JKAVN900BBA014014 to JKAVN900BBA025099,

3. VN900B8F – from JKAVN900BBA030001 to JKAVN900BBA034073,

4. VN900C7F – from KAVN900CCA000226 to JKAVN900CCA008630,

5. VN900C8F – from JKAVN900CCA015001 to JKAVN900CCA016060.

Country of origin: Japan

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Fire

The product poses a risk of fire because the fuel hose may not be securely connected to the fuel injector delivery pipe. This could result in fuel leakage from the connector, creating a risk of fire

Voluntary measures: Voluntary corrective action taken by the importer.  

 

15
0389/08

Hungary

Category: Stationery

Product: Eraser "MonokuRo Boo"

Brand: SAN-X

Name:

Type/number of model: 200 MOB015 Monoku Ro Boo.

Batch number/Barcode: 8809164007250.

OECD Portal Category:

Description: White rectangular PVC eraser packed in cellophane. Inside there is a piece of cardboard with pig patterns and identifying data and markings. Dimensions: approx. 2,4x1x1 cm.

Country of origin: Unknown


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains 38% by weight of di-2-ethyl-hexylphthalate (DEHP).

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

 

16
0390/08

Bulgaria

Category: Childcare articles and children's equipment

Product: Baby walker

Brand: CUBIE

Name:

Type/number of model: Unknown.

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Baby walking frame made of plastic, with a textile seat and a music panel for entertaining the child. The item is packed in a transparent plastic bag.

Country of origin: China


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Injuries

The product poses a risk of injuries due to sharp edges, protruding elements and entrapment when it is folded or adjusted.

The product does not comply with the relevant European standard ЕN 1273.

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

 

17
0391/08

Poland

Category: Toys

Product: Toy – set of police accessories

Brand: SPECIAL AGENT

Name:

Type/number of model: EAN 5907308821571

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: The set consist of a gun made of black and silver plastic, 2 darts made of white plastic with orange suction cups, board with numbers, black whistle, silver handcuffs and black baton.

Country of origin: China


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Choking

The product poses a risk of choking because the whistle fits completely into the small parts test cylinder.

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

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

 

18
0392/08

Spain

Category: Clothing, textiles and fashion items

Product: Fancy dress - Robin Hood type outfit

Brand: MAPA TOYS

Name:

Type/number of model: NO.87124, Bar code: 0204308712423.

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Robin Hood type fancy dress outfit, with black boots and belt and a brown hat with red feather. The label includes the following information: CE marking, 100% polyester, a barcode, the symbol indicating that it is not recommended for children under 3 years of age and the identification of the importer.

Country of origin: Hong Kong


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Suffocation

The product poses a risk of suffocation because the parts in the neck area have drawstrings with free ends.

This product does not comply with the relevant European standard EN 14682.

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

 

19
0393/08

Spain

Category: Childcare articles and children's equipment

Product: Cradle

Brand: BEBE CONFORT

Name:

Type/number of model: Cocon Evolution. REF. 28088600

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Product is a reclining cradle. The packaging is a cardboard box.

Country of origin: Italy


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Choking and injuries

The products poses a risk of:

- choking because the piece of plastic connecting the covering to the structure of the cradle comes apart and generates a small part which could easily be swallowed by a child.

- injuries because the angle between the backrest and the seat when the backrest is in its highest position is less than 90º which is less than required in the relevant European standard EN 12790.

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

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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.

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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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