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Weekly overview report of RAPEX notifications

Report 20 (Published on: 23/05/2008)

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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
0546/08

United Kingdom

Category: Decorative articles

Product: Christmas tree tealight candle holder

Brand: THE PIER

Name:

Type/number of model: PLU: 544504

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Tealight candle holder – metal Christmas tree frame with red plastic beads.

Country of origin: China


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Fire

The product poses a risk of fire because the red decorative beads are made from combustible material, which can easily catch light and readily sustain a flame. The beads may catch light during normal use if the user brings a match or lighter too close to them while lighting the tealights.

One incident reported.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary withdrawal from the market and recall form consumers.  

 

2
0547/08

Greece

Category: Motor vehicles

Product: Motorcycle - Final drive sprocket in Ducati motorcycles

Brand: DUCATI

Name:

Type/number of model: models 1098, 1098 S and 1098 Tricolore

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: The recall affects motorcycles within frame no. range ZDMH700AA6B000006 to ZDMH700AA7B014345 (EU version) and within frame no. range ZDM1XBEW57B000314 to ZDM1XBEWX8B014372 (USA version). The motorcycles were produced until 05.12.2007.

Country of origin: Italy

No pictures are available

Injuries

The product poses a risk of injuries because the rear sprocket may show cracks or even break. If this occurs, transmission is interrupted (even though the vehicle may continue moving for as long as its kinetic energy permits), causing the risk of an accident.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary corrective actions taken by the importer.  

 

3
0548/08

Germany

Category: Stationery

Product: Set of pens - 24 Fasermaler and 24 Fasermaler Flomaster Fix

Brand: TIP TOP

Name:

Type/number of model: Supplier order No 66624, Article numbers: 23546; 63317; 32443; 83344; 36515; 29494.

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: 24 felt-tip pens in different colours, casing and top in corresponding colour, stopper at bottom in black.

Country of origin: Unknown


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains up to 101.7 mg/kg benzene. The benzene content of the individual felt-tip refills exceeds the limit of 5 mg/kg for toys.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary withdrawal from the market.  

 

4
0549/08

Germany

Category: Toys

Product: Radio-controlled helicopter

Brand: HUAIXING

Name:

Type/number of model: Helicopter type HX252, adaptor type Hy35-7.2-250

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Radio-controlled helicopter in packaging with the inscription "Hawk".

Country of origin: Unknown


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Electric shock

The product poses a risk of electric shock because the dimensions of the plug do not meet the requirements of standard. The insulating sleeves on the pins are approx. 5.0 mm long; when the required length is minimum 10 mm.

The product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive and the relevant European standard EN 50075.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary withdrawal from the market and recall form consumers.  

 

5
0550/08

Poland

Category: Motor vehicles

Product: Passenger car - Ford Focus

Brand: FORD

Name:

Type/number of model: Focus

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Affected cars were produced in Saarloius from 27 February 2007 to 3 April 2007, in Valence form 21 February 2007 to 3 April 2007, St. Petersburg from 1 March 2007 to 3 April 2007.

Country of origin: Germany,
Spain,
Russia

No pictures are available

Injuries

The product poses a risk of injuries because in those cars equipped with a back drum brake, this particular element may be inappropriately fastened. In extreme circumstances, all four screws onto which the wheel hub is fixed can come loose. This can lead to driving difficulties and loss of stability, which could cause a road accident.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary corrective action taken by the importer.  

 

6
0551/08

Cyprus

Category: Toys

Product: Plastic toys - Fun Squirters

Brand: NUBY

Name:

Type/number of model: Barcode 0 48526 06022 1

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Set of three plastic animals. Fun characters squirt and blow bubbles under water.

Country of origin: China


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains 43.4% by weight of Di- "isononyl"-phthalate (DINP). According to the Chemical Restrictions Directive 76/769/EEC, certain phthalates in toys are prohibited.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary stop of sales and withdrawal from the market by the distributor.  

 

7
0552/08

Germany

Category: Motor vehicles

Product: Passenger car - Cadillac, Pontiac and Saturn

Brand: CADILLAC, PONTIAC and SATURN

Name:

Type/number of model:

- Cadillac: CTS, CTS-V, SRX, STS STS-V,

- Pontiac: Solstice,

- Saturn: Sky with EC-type approvals: e13*2001/116*0086*; e13*2001/116*0159*; e13*2001/116*0142*.

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: The vehicles concerned were manufactured between 2005 and 2007.

Country of origin: Germany

No pictures are available

Injuries

The product poses a risk of injuries due to possible loss of control of the vehicle. The differential on the drive axle of the vehicles in question may leak. The loss of oil leads to noises in the bearings and in extreme cases blocking of the wheels. New differential gaskets are now being fitted to the drive axles.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary corrective action taken by the manufacturer.  

 

8
0553/08

Poland

Category: Electrical appliances

Product: Residual current devices (RCDs)

Brand: HAGER

Name:

Type/number of model: CD217J, CD216J, CD225J, CD226J, CD241J, CE241J, CH225J.

This notification covers only products which bear as four first digits on the packaging 8034 to 8048 and have a side number GE068 to GE078.

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Residual current devices (circuit breakers) for fixed installation.

Country of origin: France


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Electric shock

Residual current devices, which serve as a protection against electric shock, are used to cut off the electrical current if an electric installation is functioning incorrectly. When a product is faulty (it shows a significant divergence from the parameters, which are illustrated on the product) a residual current device will not work and may cause harm to the user (electric shock).

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

 

9
0554/08

United Kingdom

Category: Motor vehicles

Product: Scooter

Brand: VECTRIX

Name:

Type/number of model: SZCAABET4TAA00021 – SZCA1WAK07A002047. Recall concerns models built between March 2007 and December 2007.

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Scooter – battery powered, Various VIN.

Country of origin: Unites States

No pictures are available

Fire

The product poses a risk of fire because there is a potential for battery overheating caused by a high resistance connection. Overheating may cause damage to the battery packs and possibly the scooter, which could result in a potential fire hazard.

Two incidents reported.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary corrective action taken by the importer.  

 

10
0555/08

Slovakia

Category: Lighting chains

Product: Lighting chains "Lichterschlauch für Innen und Aussen, Party Licht"

Brand: Unknown

Name:

Type/number of model: model: YY 6700C, 230 V, 28.5 W, 8 functions

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Lighting chain in the form of a plastic transparent tube of 5 m length with an electrical part inside and a regulatory device, packed in a cardboard box.

Country of origin: Unknown


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Electric shock and fire

The product poses a risk of electric shock and fire because the cable does not pass the tension test.

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

Voluntary measures: Voluntary withdrawal from the market.  

 

11
0556/08

Germany

Category: Lighting equipment

Product: Night-lights

Brand: Unknown

Name:

Type/number of model: 2 models: (1) GL-091, (2) GL-091.

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description:

Product (1) Mains socket-outlet mounted night-light in the shape of an elephant,

Product (2) Mains socket-outlet mounted night- light in the shape of a lampshade.

Country of origin: Unknown


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Electric shock and fire

Product (1) poses a risk of electric shock and fire because:

- the night-light is fitted with a non-compliant bulb-holder,

- the bulb can be changed while the mains socket-mounted night-light is connected to the mains supply, which is not permissible,

- the mains socket-mounted night light is fitted with non-compliant plug pins.

Product (2) poses a risk of electric shock and fire because: - the cover, which is intended to prevent access to the bulb-holder and other live internal parts, can easily be removed without using tools, therefore protection against electric shock cannot be guaranteed

- the night-light is fitted with a non-compliant bulb-holder,

- the bulb can be changed while the mains socket-mounted night light is connected to the mains supply, which is not permissible,

- the mains socket-mounted night light is fitted with non-compliant plug pins.

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

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

 

12
0557/08

Spain

Category: Hobby/sports equipment

Product: Air gun with laser beam

Brand: JIEKE

Name:

Type/number of model: Model P99F, Bar code: 8435119767285

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Imitation black-coloured firearm with laser beam. The packaging consists of a box showing a photograph of the gun, a barcode, model number and precautions to be taken for use of the gun.

Country of origin: China


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Damage to sight

The product poses a risk of damage to sight because the 656.03 nm wavelength is above the upper limit provided by the importer (630-650 nm).

According to the tests, this is a Class 3B laser device that can be hazardous to eyesight under all conditions of use.

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

 

13
0558/08

Austria

Category: Clothing, textiles and fashion items

Product: Children’s ski suit

Brand: STRYKE BY SPYDER

Name:

Type/number of model: Style 9320, Stryke, Ridge, EAN 0681138125263

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Blue/green children’s ski suit/out-door clothing for winter. Sizes: 110, 128.

Country of origin: Vietnam


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Suffocation

The product poses a risk of suffocation by strangulation because it contains drawstrings around the neck, which are not permitted in articles of clothing for children aged 7 and under (body height up to 134 cm).

Voluntary measures: Voluntary withdrawal from the market.  

 

14
0559/08

Cyprus

Category: Toys

Product: Squeezable toy doll

Brand: Funny Pets

Name:

Type/number of model: Unknown

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Plastic doll, 12 cm, carrying a white coloured baby's bottle.

Country of origin: China


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains 42.3% by weight of Di-"isononyl"-phthalate (DINP).

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

Voluntary measures: Voluntary withdrawal from the market.  

 

15
0560/08

Germany

Category: Clothing, textiles and fashion items

Product: Top – halter-neck

Brand: A. B. C. MODA

Name:

Type/number of model: 8029

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Light-blue halter-neck top with silver printed design on the front, halter ties attached to three metal rings (two above the bust, one at the back).

Country of origin: Italy


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because the degree to which the metal rings release nickel [42 µg/(cm² × week)] is significantly above the limit of 0.5µg/(cm² × week).

There is a risk of skin reactions (e.g. eczema) in people who suffer from a nickel allergy as the metal rings release excessively high levels of nickel.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary withdrawal from the market.  

 

16
0561/08

Spain

Category: Motor vehicles

Product: Motorcycles

Brand: HONDA

Name:

Type/number of model:

-CBF500 2006 from Italy, 500 cc motorcycle

-CBF600 2006 from Italy, 600 cc motorcycle

-VT750C 2007 from Japan, 750 cc motorcycle

-VTX1300 2007 from the USA, 1300 cc motorcycle

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: The affected units are:

- CBF500 2006: Units with chassis numbers from:

ZDCPC39C*6F035401 to ZDCPC39C*6F038940 and from

ZDCPC39A*6F035701 to ZDCPC39A*6F038700 ;

type number of approval e3*2002/24*0244

- CBF600 2006: Units with chassis numbers from:

ZDCPC38E*6F090629 to ZDCPC38E*6F092908,

from ZDCPC38F*6F090749 to ZDCPC38F*6F093028,

from ZDCPC38A*6F090509 to ZDCPC38A*6F093388

and from ZDCPC38B*6F089789 to ZDCPC38B*6F093208; type number of approval e3*2002/24*0231

- VT750C 2007: Units with chassis numbers from:

JH2RC50A*7K310001 to JH2RC50A*7K310484,

from JH2RC50A*7M301101 to JH2RC50A*7M301497

and from JH2RC50A*7M320001 to JH2RC50A*7M320360;

type number of approval e3*2002/24*0239

- VTX1300 2007: Units with chassis numbers from:

1HFSC52A*7A400221 to 1HFSC52A*7A401210 type number of approval e4*92/61*0152.

Country of origin: Japan,
Italy,
United States

No pictures are available

Fire

The product poses a risk of fire because, due to a production problem in the fuel control valve diaphragm, the diaphragm may become permeable, allowing petrol to leak out. This could cause petrol leakage through the vent of the diaphragm, constituting a fire hazard.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary corrective action taken by the manufacturer.  

 

17
0562/08

Germany

Category: Toys

Product: Bath toys " Badespass Enten Familie"

Brand: G&M IM-UND EXPORT GmbH

Name:

Type/number of model: Item n° 272538, EAN 4038732004917

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: White plastic net, set of four ducks, one large yellow dabbling duck, approx. 12 x 8 cm, with a red beak, three yellow mini-ducks identical in appearance, all made from very soft material.

Country of origin: Unknown


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains 5.2% by weight of bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP).

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

Voluntary measures: Voluntary recall from consumers.  

 

18
0563/08

Cyprus

Category: Toys

Product: Singing plastic doll

Brand: XING FA JING PIN

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode: 6 712990 200271

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Singing plastic doll

Country of origin: China


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains 12.5% by weight of bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and 1% of dibutyl phthalate (DBP).

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

Voluntary measures: Voluntary stop of sale and withdrawal from the market by the distributor.  

 

19
0564/08

Lithuania

Category: Toys

Product: Educational toy puzzle

Brand: HAPPY CHILDHOOD

Name:

Type/number of model: NO. 925T, Barcode 6902758149687

Description: Plastic toy locomotive. The toy is made from different coloured hard plastic. Each side has cut-outs in various shapes for inserting 10 different coloured plastic forms with letters. On the locomotive are stickers, a label in English with the inscription: “Happy Childhood 2+ Collect all these exciting new set. Flight Toys Fashionably Colored“, a CE mark and information concerning disposal of waste. On the other side of the label is the following information in Lithuanian: Toy code: 04010114968, country of origin of product – China, information about the importer, a warning that the toy should only be used under the supervision of an adult. On the packaging there is information concerning the target age group of the toy, a warning that the packaging is not a toy and should be removed before giving the toy to a child.

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Plastic toy locomotive. The toy is made from different coloured hard plastic. Each side has cut-outs in various shapes for inserting 10 different coloured plastic forms with letters. On the locomotive are stickers, a label in English with the inscription: “Happy Childhood 2+ Collect all these exciting new set. Flight Toys Fashionably Colored“, a CE mark and information concerning disposal of waste. On the other side of the label is the following information in Lithuanian: Toy code: 04010114968, country of origin of product – China, information about the importer, a warning that the toy should only be used under the supervision of an adult. On the packaging there is information concerning the target age group of the toy, a warning that the packaging is not a toy and should be removed before giving the toy to a child. Barcode: 6902758149687 Mass – 164; dimensions: 218 x 144 x 130 mm, "925T".

Country of origin: China


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Choking and injuries

The product poses a risk of:

- choking because it releases small parts which fit entirely into the small parts cylinder

- injuries because the hard plastic edges of the toy have rough edges.

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

Compulsory measures: Withdrawal from the market and information to consumers ordered by the authorities.  

 

20
0565/08

Cyprus

Category: Childcare articles and children's equipment

Product: Plastic bib

Brand: BABY BIB

Name:

Type/number of model: BIB203, Bar code: 0247667000039

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: White plastic bib with printed figures (flowers, butterflies), blue edging.

Country of origin: China


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains 16.9% by weight of Bis(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP).

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

Voluntary measures: Voluntary stop of sales and withdrawal from the market by the distributor  

 

21
0566/08

Cyprus

Category: Toys

Product: Set of squeezable toy rabbits

Brand: HAPPY DAY

Name:

Type/number of model: Bar Code: 6 029345 876662

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Three yellow plastic rabbits in different sizes.

Country of origin: China


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains 27.4% of bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP). According to the Chemical Restrictions Directive 76/769/EEC, certain phthalates in toys are prohibited.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary withdrawal from the market  

 

22
0567/08

United Kingdom

Category: Toys

Product: Animal tracking kit – "Nick Baker's animal tracking explorer kit"

Brand: INTERPLAY

Name:

Type/number of model: 070704.

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Children's animal explorer kit containing moulds, mixing powder to make Plaster of Paris moulds of animal tracks. Aimed at children aged 7+. The packaging consists of a white cardboard box with pictures of birds and animals on all sides. There is also a picture of animal expert Nick Baker.

Country of origin: China


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Burns

The product poses a risk of burns because the powder used to make Plaster of Paris was not calcium sulphate (as expected) but showed a pH of 14, rather than neutral, indicating it was consistent with calcium hydroxide. Calcium hydroxide is an irritant and corrosive which poses a serious risk of damage (burns) to the eyes.

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

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:
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.

For permissions or licences, requests shall be addressed to: copyright-info@publications.europa.eu

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Links auf die RAPEX-Webseiten sind vorbehaltlich der Beachtung der Bedingungen zulässig, die Sie unter folgender Adresse finden:
http://europa.eu/abouteuropa/faq/index_de.htm

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.

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