The Rapid Alert System for Non-Food Products (RAPEX)

- Weekly overview report of RAPEX notifications

week 39 - 2006

Corrigendum concerning notification no. 13 (0632/06):
Danger has been amended

Level Type No.
Ref.
Notifying country Product Risk Measures adopted by notifying country Products were found and measures were taken also in:
Serious risk Consumer products

1
0620/06

Germany

Category:

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model: PN06-020

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Disney Finger Puppet Bath Theatre (set comprising shower gel, foam bath, shower and bath gel for skin and hair).

Description: Set comprising three plastic tubes (40 ml), each with screw top in the form of a finger puppet, in transparent moulded plastic wrapping welded to a cardboard backing.

Country of origin: Belgium


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Chemical

This product presents a chemical risk to children because it contains 1,4 dioxane.

This product does not comply with the Cosmetic Directive.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary recall of the product from consumers.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

2
0621/06

Spain

Category:

Product: Chair-bed and sofa-bed

Brand: IKEA

Name:

Type/number of model: LYCKSELE CHAIR-BED: 700-326-82,
LYCKSELE SOFA-BED: 900-326-81

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Description: Chair and sofa, respectively 80 and 142cm wide, which can be converted into a bed by folding down the back.

The products in question were manufactured before July 2005, and the date of manufacture (year/week) is engraved.

The frame is metal, the slats natural wood.

Country of origin: Sweden


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Injuries

Risk of crush/jam/break of fingers. Customers attempting to convert the chair or sofa into a bed can trap their fingers, causing injuries.

IKEA has received seven reports worldwide of customers having being injured trying to unfold the bed.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary corrective actions taken by the importer.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

3
0622/06

The Netherlands

Category:

Product:

Brand: Aquarium Light “BOYU”

Name: Aquarium Light

Type/number of model: PL-35

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description:

Country of origin: China

No pictures are available

Electric shock,
Fire

- A nylon tie was used as cord anchorage. The cord could twist and be pushed into the luminaries, putting strain on the terminals. The conductors could become loose from the terminals and short-circuit.

- There was no lamp holder. The wiring was connected directly to the lamp using metal shell-shaped bushes. While replacing the lamp these bushes are accessible and must be removed by hand.

This product does not comply with the relevant standard - EN 60598-1.

Compulsory measures: Withdrawal from the market and recall from consumers ordered by the authority.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

4
0623/06

Greece

Category:

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model: LILLARP TYP A0302 (Cod. No 80063951)

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Table lamp (IKEA).

Description: Gold coloured table lamp, sold in pieces in packaging paper of IKEA, with the proper assembly instructions.

Height: 50cm, base perimeter: 16cm.

Technical characteristics: 110-240V, 50/60Hz, Max 35W.

Country of origin: China


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Fire

This product poses a risk of fire because it does not have required strength on overheating of the insulating material. This product does not comply with the Low Voltage Standards on 6 check points.

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

 

Serious risk Consumer products

5
0624/06

Hungary

Category: Lighting chains

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model: 200L

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Lighting chain (CEDAR) “JEGCSAPÉGÕ”.

Description: Product consists of 200 non-replaceable incandescent lamps. An extension set is provided with the product mains supply plug + cable + swivel socket).

Mains supply plug has inscription Y001; 2.5 A 250 V VDE and cable 22AWG; 105°C; SPT-C.

Technical specifications: 230V 50Hz2V 0,068mA 27W Class II.

Country of origin: China


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Electric shock,
Fire

+ electric shock because:

-it failed during the electric strength test - electric breakdown occurred;

- the product is not protected against ingress of water, which is required for outdoor use;

- the dimensions of the plug fitted to the ends of the lighting chain do not comply with the standard requirements.

+ fire because:

- the cross section area of the core is less than required in the standard;

- the lighting chain can be connected to other lighting chains.

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

Compulsory measures: Sales ban ordered by the authority.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

6
0625/06

Hungary

Category: Lighting chains

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model: 1. SM160XXX,
2. SM240XXX

Batch number/Barcode: 1. 6901022010050,
2. 6901022010067

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Lighting chain (CEDAR).

1) 160 plug-in type miniature incandescent lamps and 8-function flashing unit,

2) 240 plug-in type miniature incandescent lamps and 8-function flashing unit.

Description: Products consist of 160/240 series parallel connected non-replaceable incandescent lamps with resistor bridge. The flashing unit controls 4 parallel-connected circuits for flashing the plug-in type light sources. Main parts: bipolar plug with inscription: CH 2.5 A 250 V~ TS-01 VDE; flashing unit with inscriptions: FLASHER CONTROL UNIT 220V AC 50HZ 0.83A PRESS + names of functions.

Technical specifications: 230V; 50Hz; 5 V; 0,13 mA; 104 W/125W; by appearance Class II, IP20.

Country of origin: China


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Electric shock,
Fire

The products pose a risk of:

+ electric shock because:

- the insulation of the wires does not meet the requirements;

- the PVC insulated wires are not suitable for outdoor use; - the flashing unit and the lamp holders are not protected against ingress of water;

- the cross section area of the wires is less than required;

- the wire inlets of the flashing unit are sharp so the wires can get damaged;

- the wires are not fixed against loosening.

+ fire because:

- the power input is too high (126 W instead of the required 50W);

- the resistance of the plastic parts of the lamp holders to ignition is not sufficient.

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

Compulsory measures: Sales ban ordered by the authority.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

7
0626/06

Hungary

Category: Toys

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model: B.C. I.C.

Batch number/Barcode: 5998173123839

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Air power gun.

Description: Plastic toy gun with projectiles, suction cup and a target. Diameter of target: 138,5 mm, dimensions of the gun: 339,0x39,5x144,0 mm.

Country of origin: Unknown


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Choking

The product poses a risk of choking because the length of projectiles with suction cup does not meet the requirements of standard EN 71-1 (projectiles are 44,4 mm instead of the required 57 mm).

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

Compulsory measures: Sales ban ordered by the authority.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

8
0627/06

Hungary

Category:

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model: ST/CS 185D-824

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Circular saw “STRAUS AUSTRIA”.

Description: The cover of the circular saw and the handles were made of plastic, the handle containing the switch has a softer and different coloured insert. The other parts were made of metal. The unintentional press is prevented by a locking mechanism, the machine can be switched on by two separate motions, and the switch becomes locked when released. Main components: plug with inscription: "16A 250V~ YDP-B" + mark of manufacturer + VDE; mains cable with inscriptions: "SHENG SHI DA/YU DIAN PAI H05VV-F 2X1mm2"+ VDE; double circuit switch with inscription: "FA6-8/2B9 8(6)A/250VAC 5E4 16A/125VAC"; suppression condenser with inscription: "XYR MKP X2 0.33 uF K AC275V 40/100/56/C EN132400"; sawing disc with inscription: "185mmX20TX20mm" + mark of rotation.

Technical specifications: 230 V~ 50 Hz; 1200 W; Class II.; 4500 RPM; 185 mm.

Country of origin: China


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Electric shock,
Injuries

- electric shock because the internal wires and their protecting tubes are not fixed thus they can get into contact with moving parts and get damaged,

- injuries due to the permanent deformation of the cutting wedge.

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

 

Serious risk Consumer products

9
0628/06

United Kingdom

Category:

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model: 20211

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Feather boa “Funrise”.

Description: Feather boa for girls’ fancy dress attached to cardboard. Comes in various bright colours 8.5x12.5cm.

Country of origin: China


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Burns

Risk of burns to a child because during testing it was discovered that a surface flash may be produced on the approach of a flame.

This product does not comply with the Toys Directive and the European Standard EN 71-2.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary recall from consumers.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

10
0629/06

United Kingdom

Category:

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model: 07254

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Team Talkin’ Tool Bench (PLAYSKOOL).

Country of origin: China


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Choking

Risk of choking.

Voluntary measures:  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

11
0630/06

The Netherlands

Category:

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Aquarium Light “BOYU”.

Type/model: CL-811.

Description: Unknown.

Country of origin: China


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Electric shock,
Fire

- It is possible to place one pin of a plug into the converter plug while at the same time the other pin can be touched. Both pins of the converter plug are bare metal, without insulation. During insertion of the converter plug into a non-earthed outlet the pins can be touched while they are already in contact with live parts of the outlet.

- A nylon tie was used as cord anchorage. The cord could twist and be pushed into the luminaire, putting strain on the terminals. The conductors could become loose from the terminals and short-circuit.

- There was no lamp holder. The wiring was connected directly to the lamp using metal-shaped bushes. While replacing the lamp these bushes are accessible and must be removed by hand.

This product does not comply with the relevant standard - EN 60598-1.

Compulsory measures: Withdrawal from the market and recall from consumers ordered by the authority.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

12
0631/06

Bulgaria

Category:

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Weathercock.

Type/number of model: No. 01803013, models # 10-03013.

Country of origin: China


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Injuries

Risk of injury due to the presence of wires and sharp edges that are not protected by the fabric.

The product may appeal to children and it therefore poses a risk to their health. The product was tested according to the Toy standard EN 71-1 and the requirement to not contain sharp edges.

Compulsory measures: Sales ban, warning of consumers and destruction of the product ordered by the authority.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

13
0632/06

Finland

Category:

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Fire extinguishers.

Brand:

1. Ensisammutin FC 45

2. Sparco Mangia Fuoco

3. Mangia Fuoco MF-50

4. Mangia Fuoco Fire Estinguisher MF 100.

Description: All products are tube-shaped aerosol extinguishers length between 27-33 cm. The product nr. 1 has a battery-based launching mechanism. The products nr. 2-4 have a striking surface at the other end of the product as launching mechanism. All products spray potassium-based aerosol.

Country of origin: Italy


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Fire,
Burns

These products contain the following deficiencies:

- the battery-based launching mechanism may not function in cold temperatures;

- in one case the launching mechanism was easily broken when installing batteries;

- in one case the striking surface did not function;

- the products lacked Finnish and/or Swedish instructions. In one case the instructions were incorrect and meant for another product.

According to the tests performed by the competent national authorities, the products did no extinguish a solvent fire, a small burning wood pile, a burning coffee-maker or a burning paper waste-basket. Some of the extinguishers were even found to accelerate burning. The products give a false sense of safety, and it is not possible to ensure the efficiency of the products before use.

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

 

Serious risk Consumer products

14
0633/06

Spain

Category:

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model: 3618

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Ladybird with light and music (T. RSL).

Description: Plastic figure in the shape of a ladybird. The body, which is round, is orange on the top and yellow on the bottom. The head is yellow and the feet — three on either side of the body — are green. The packaging consists of a rectangular box, yellow and orange in colour, with blue lettering and a clear plastic window through which the inside can be seen.

Country of origin: China


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Injuries

Risk of injuries for children using this toy because:

- during the traction test, the wheels of the ladybird's propulsion mechanism come off leaving the axis exposed, which is dangerous because it can jab a child (para. 4.9 of standard EN 71-1);

- during the traction test, the ladybird’s face comes off exposing the internal mechanism, which has moving parts that could trap children’s fingers or injure them (para. 4.10.2 of standard EN 71-1).

The risk of injury occurring is high. The product does not comply with the Toys Directive and the relevant European standard EN 71-1.

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

 

Serious risk Consumer products

15
0634/06

United Kingdom

Category:

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model: T7709025/9112Y

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Children’s Red Check Shirt Dress (Marks and Spencer).

Type/model: Product code (inner garment label):

Description: Children’s Mini Boutique Red Check Shirt Dress.

No packaging.

Country of origin: Turkey


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Injuries

The waist cord of the product poses a risk of entrapment and a tripping hazard since the waist cord is not centrally fixed, the exposed lengths exceed 14cm and the cords are knotted at the ends. The product does not comply with the European Standard EN 14682.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary recall from consumers by the importer.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

16
0635/06

Hungary

Category: Lighting chains

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model: 1. R160+,
2. R200+

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: “JÉGCSAPÉGŐ”(CEDAR)

1. 160 non-replaceable miniature incandescent lamps + an 8-function flashing unit;

2. 200 non-replaceable miniature incandescent lamps + an 8-function flashing unit.

Description: The lighting chains consist of 160/200 series-parallel connected incandescent lamps with resistor bridge. The flashing unit controls 4 parallel-connected circuits for flashing the non-replaceable light sources. Main parts of the lighting chains: bipolar plug with inscription: “CH 2.5 A 250 V~ TS-01 VDE”; flashing unit with inscriptions: “FLASHER CONTROL UNIT 220V AC 50HZ 0.83A PRESS” + names of functions. Technical specifications: 230V; 50Hz; 5 V; 0,068 mA; 55W/68W; by appearance Class II, IP20.

Country of origin: China


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Electric shock

The products pose a risk of electric shock because:

- the insulation of the wires does not meet the requirements of the standard;

- the PVC insulated wires are not suitable for outdoor use;

- the flashing unit, the plug, the sockets and the connections of lamp wires are not protected against ingress of water;

- the light sources have insufficient (single) insulation;

- the cross section area of the wires is less than required;

- the wire inlets of the flashing unit are sharp, thus the wires can get damaged;

- the wires are not fixed against loosening.

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

Compulsory measures: Sales ban ordered by the authority.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

17
0636/06

Germany

Category: Motor vehicles

Product: Passenger car “Ford Galaxy, S-Max”

Brand: Ford

Name:

Type/number of model: WA6, e13*2001/116*0185*00

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Description: This notification concerns vehicles manufactured in the period 01.02.-11.06.2006 with 2.0 litre Duratec HE engines. The operation is being carried out under the code 6U049 and information is provided by the dealers.

Country of origin: Unknown

No pictures are available

Fire

These cars may cause a risk of fire due to shorting at the alternator terminal. In the vehicles affected, a possible short-circuit at the alternator terminal B+ may cause the protective and insulating material to melt. It is not impossible for fire to occur in the engine compartment when the vehicle is travelling or has been parked.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary corrective actions taken by the manufacturer.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

18
0637/06

Estonia

Category: Motor vehicles

Product: Mini motorbike - Pocket-Bike XRC

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model: XRC-1 * 050900008 *

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Description: Blue-white pocket-bike off-road use only 49cc 2-stroke air-cooled, torque 2,4 Nm/8000 rpm, net weight 23 kg, load max. 150 kg, max. speed 55 mph (circa 90 km/h), wheels 13” tubeless, tank capacity 2,4L.

Country of origin: Unknown


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Injuries

This product poses a risk of injury due to:

- insufficient guarding of chain and sharp edges of chain guard;

- isolated wire of stop button can contact exhaust pipe;

- there are no means of signalling;

- it is possible to start machinery without key by unauthorised persons;

- insufficient user manual, marking and warning information. The product does not comply with the Machinery Directive.

Compulsory measures: Temporary sales ban ordered by the authority pending corrective action.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

19
0638/06

Hungary

Category:

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Lighting chains “JÉGCSAPÉGŐ” (CEDAR):

1. 160 non-replaceable miniature incandescent lamps + an 8-function flashing unit.

2. 160 non-replaceable miniature incandescent lamps.

3. 200 non-replaceable miniature incandescent lamps + an 8-function flashing unit.

Type/number of model:

1. 160L/4W+-+ Bar code: 6901022010104.

2. AR160+-+ Bar code: 6901022010142.

3. 200L/4W+-+ Bar code: 6901022010203.

Description: 1. The lighting chains consist of 160 series-parallel connected incandescent lamps with resistor bridge. Technical specifications: 230V; 50Hz; 5 V; 0,068 mA; 55W; by appearance Class II, IP20.

2. 160 series-parallel connected non-replaceable incandescent lamps with resistor bridge. Technical specifications: 230V; 50Hz; 5 V; 0,068 mA;28W; by appearance Class II, IP20.

3. 200 series-parallel connected incandescent lamps with resistor bridge. Technical specifications: 230V; 50Hz; 5 V; 0,068 mA; 68W; by appearance Class II, IP20.

Country of origin: China


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Electric shock,
Fire

These products pose a risk of:

+ electric shock because:

- the insulation of the wires does not meet the requirements of the standard,

- the PVC insulated wires are not suitable for outdoor use,

- the flashing unit, the plug, the sockets and the connections of lamp wires are not protected against ingress of water,

- the light sources have insufficient (single) insulation,

- the cross section area of the wires is less than required,

- the wire inlets of the flashing unit are sharp, thus the wires can get damaged,

- the wires are not fixed against loosening.

+ fire because:

- the number of the connectable lighting chains is not indicated.

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

Compulsory measures: Sales ban ordered by the authority.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

20
0639/06

Hungary

Category: Lighting chains

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model: R160XXX

Batch number/Barcode: 6901022010074

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Lighting chains (CEDAR)

“HÁLÓ MINIFÜZÉR ÉGŐ” Lighting chain with 160 non-replaceable miniature incandescent lamps + an 8-function flashing unit.

Description: The lighting chain consists of 160 series-parallel connected incandescent lamps with resistor bridge. The flashing unit controls 4 parallel-connected circuits for flashing the non-replaceable light sources. Main parts of the lighting chain: bipolar plug with inscription: “CH 2.5 A 250 V~ TS-01 VDE”; flashing unit with inscriptions: “FLASHER CONTROL UNIT 220V AC 50HZ 0.83A PRESS” + names of functions.

Technical specifications: 230V; 50Hz; 5 V; 0,068 mA; 55W; by appearance Class II, IP20

Country of origin: China


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Electric shock

These products pose a risk of electric shock because:

- the insulation of the wires does not meet the requirements of the standard;

- the cross section area of the wires is less than required;

- the wire inlets of the flashing unit are sharp, thus the wires can get damaged;

- the wires are not fixed against loosening.

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

Compulsory measures: Sales ban ordered by the authority.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

21
0640/06

Hungary

Category: Lighting chains

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model: 1. 300R,
2. 240R

Batch number/Barcode: 1. 6901022010043,
2. 6901022010036

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Lighting chains (CEDAR) “Mikrodiódás Égőkészlet”

1. 300 non-replaceable miniature incandescent lamps + an 8-function flashing unit;

2. 240 non-replaceable miniature incandescent lamps + an 8-function flashing unit.

Description: The lighting chains consist of 300/240 series-parallel connected incandescent lamps with resistor bridge. The flashing unit controls 4 parallel-connected circuits for flashing the non-replaceable light sources.

Technical specifications: 230V; 50Hz; 5 V; 0,068 mA; 62W; by appearance Class II, IP20.

Country of origin: China


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Electric shock

These products pose a risk of electric shock because:

- the insulation of the wires does not meet the requirements;

- the PVC insulated wires are not suitable for outdoor use;

- the light sources have single insulation;

- the cross section area of the wires is less than required;

- the plug, flashing unit and lamp-wire connections are not protected against ingress of water;

- the wire inlets of the flashing unit are sharp, thus the wires can get damaged;

- the wires are not fixed against loosening.

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

Compulsory measures: Sales ban ordered by the authority.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

22
0641/06

Czech Republic

Category:

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Digital multimeter "SOLID".

Type/model: RE830A; EAN 8 595092 106072.

Description: Electronic measuring equipment in a yellow enclosure (Class of protection II) supplied with two measuring probes for the measurement of CAT II and a digital display 31/2 dig., A safe range use: direct-voltage up to 1000V, direct-current up to 200mA, alternating-voltage up to 750V.

Country of origin: China


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Electric shock,
Fire

This product poses a risk of electric shock and fire because:

- the equipment does not meet the protection requirements in a single fault condition (dangerous live parts);

- the measured creepage distances do not meet the requirements on double insulation;

- the minimum reinforced insulation which is required between the enclosure and live parts is not provided;

- the protection against electric shock is not secured at the test probes;

- after the testing the excessive prolongation of the cable occurred and the insulation moved in the terminal by more than 2 mm.

-marking - the pictures (pictograms) are not in compliance with the standard.

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

Compulsory measures: Sales ban ordered by the authority.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

23
0642/06

United Kingdom

Category:

Product:

Brand:

Name:

Type/number of model: 2665727,
2677571,
3604438,
3753212,
3763706

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Boots Brand Pushchair Parasol.

Description: Pushchair parasol in red, navy or black.

All products sold since 01 January 2006.

Country of origin: China


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Injuries

Parasol spokes could break causing scratch injury to child.

Parasols have a potential defect, which could cause the spokes to break exposing a sharp edge. Child could receive scratch injury. Failure is due to production problem.

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