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

- Weekly overview report of RAPEX notifications

week 15 - 2009

Corrigendum:
Notification 1132/08 of week 40 of 2008 was updated (changes with regard to the model numbers).

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
0531/09

The Netherlands

Category: Cosmetics

Product: Fade cream - Skin Success Fade Cream

Brand: Palmer’s

Name:

Type/number of model: G6032A MFG:02/06, EXP:02/09,

Batch number/Barcode: 010181075100

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Fadecream in a jar or tube placed in a cardboard box; labelled on packaging:Active ingredient: hydroquinone 2.0% .

Country of origin: United States


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains 1.7% hydroquinone.

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

Voluntary measures: Voluntary withdrawal from the market.  

Ireland  

Serious risk Consumer products

2
0532/09

Greece

Category: Clothing, textiles and fashion items

Product: Children's jacket

Brand: Andy Peters

Name:

Type/number of model: Item No: 05300181,

Batch number/Barcode: 0 530018 103016

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Child's puffy jacket in blue and green. The jacket has a zip, buttons, pockets and a hood (with a fur trim) containing elastic drawstrings with plastic toggles. On the inside, there is a sewn textile label containing the inscription: “ANDY PETERS, MY GENERATION”. Additionally, there is a cardboard label attached to the product, which contains the same inscription. Sizes: 0 to 14 years.

Country of origin: China


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Strangulation

The product poses a risk of strangulation due to the presence of elastic drawstrings with protruding loops in the neck area.

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

Compulsory measures: Corrective actions ordered by the authorities.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

3
0533/09

Sweden

Category: Motor vehicles

Product: Car rack - Thule rapid fixpoint XT kit

Brand: Thule

Name:

Type/number of model: Thule Rapid Fixpoint XT kit used for fastening the load carrier base into the fixpoint of the car. Produced during the period 1 January 2008-28 February 2009.

The following product numbers are affected: 133050, 133056, 133061, 133066, 133068, 133069, 133071, 133077 and 133080. Spare parts numbers: 50960, 50961, 50962 and 50996.

The affected parts could be used for the following car models: Honda CRV 02-06, Citroen C4 Picasso and Grand Picasso 07, Hyundai i30 07-, KIA Ceed 07-, KIA produced 08-, Mercedes A class 05-, Mercedes B class 05-, Subaru Impreza 07-, Ford Mondeo 01-03;04-07, Mazda 3 04-, Mazda 5 04-, Mazda Axela 04-, Mazda 6 02-04;05-07, Mazda Atenza 02-07, Mazda CX7 06 and CX9 07-, Mazda Demio 07-, Mazda 2 07-, Mazda Premacy 04-, Mitsubishi Lancer 07-, Ford Territory 03-.

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: A bolt with number 8523723002 in a Thule Rapid Fixpoint XT kit used for fastening the load carrier base into the fixpoint of the car.

Country of origin: Sweden


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Injuries

The product poses a risk of injuries because the incorrect rigidity of the fixation bolt makes it brittle and it could therefore break under stress.

The potential danger is that the fixation bolt snaps off during use which, in the worst cases, can lead to the rack and load coming loose while driving.

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

Greece,
Finland,
Ireland,
Hungary,
Slovenia,
Belgium,
Malta,
Portugal,
Estonia  

Serious risk Consumer products

4
0534/09

Hungary

Category: Chemical products

Product: Disinfectant cleaner - BREF Tornado Gel

Brand: BREF

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode: 9000100541855 (Citrus),
9000100541558 (Ocean)

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Disinfectant cleaner for toilets. Volume: 750 ml, date of manufacture is indicated on the back above the date of expiry. Only the products manufactured from February 2009 to 9 March 2009 are affected.

Country of origin: Hungary


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Damage to sight,
Chemical

The product poses a risk of damage to sight and a chemical risk because, in certain bottles, the child-resistant cap can be too easily opened. Therefore, a child can open the bottle and pour or swallow the cleaner which contains 11.6g/100g hydrogen chloride.

Depending on the duration of contact with the product it may cause skin irritation or burns; in case of longer contact it may cause eye injury / damage to sight, internal injury / burns if swallowed.

The product does not comply with the regulation 648/2004/EC on detergents.

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

Czech Republic,
Slovakia  

Serious risk Consumer products

5
0535/09

Spain

Category: Toys

Product: Soft toys: bears and dogs

Brand: Yonchen

Name:

Type/number of model: Model: 0880700 Bar code: 8420068807007

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Soft toys in the form of bears and dogs, packed in a plastic bag and carrying a label with the importer's details, the CE mark and the symbol indicating that they are not suitable for children under 3 years of age.

Country of origin: China


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Choking

These products pose a risk of choking because they contain small parts (the nose) which may be easily detached. The products do not comply with the Toys Directive and the relevant European standard EN 71.

Compulsory measures: Import rejected by the customs authorities.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

6
0536/09

Spain

Category: Motor vehicles

Product: Motorcycles - Derbi GPR, Aprilia RS, Gilera SC

Brand: Derbi/Aprilia/ Gilera

Name:

Type/number of model:

DERBI GPR 50/125, APRILIA RS50, GILERA SC125

Proof of conformity :

XGPR/50 E9*2002/24*0011 GPR 125 E9*2002/24*0027 GRP RS50 E11*2002/24*0431 GPR SC125 E9*2002/24*0027

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: 50cc and 125cc motorcycles. The list of the chassis numbers of the models GPR 50/125- Aprilia RS50 and Gilera SC125 are provided in the attached list.

Country of origin: Spain

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Injuries

The products pose a risk of injuries because in some cases fatigue cracks have been detected in one of the tubes of the chassis. These cracks become bigger the more the bike is used, and this could result in a complete break leading to an accident.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary corrective actions taken by the manufacturer  

Germany,
Slovenia,
Sweden,
The Netherlands  

Serious risk Consumer products

7
0537/09

Malta

Category: Electrical appliances

Product: Water Heater

Brand: Aquahot

Name:

Type/number of model: Model: AQH EWH H80, 1200W electric water heater horizontal type

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Horizontal, electric storage water heater with a capacity of 80 litres. Measurements: approximately 795 mm long and 445 mm diameter.

Country of origin: Saudi Arabia


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Injuries

The product poses a risk of injuries because in some units the bolts may come out of the brackets which secure the heater to the wall, causing the heater to fall.

Two incidents reported.

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

Voluntary measures: Voluntary withdrawal from the market.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

8
0538/09

Spain

Category: Clothing, textiles and fashion items

Product: Ladies' shoes

Brand: Gioseppo

Name:

Type/number of model: Model: Feira Ref.: 17092-05

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: A pair of ladies’ red shoes packed in a cardboard box.

Country of origin: China


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because of the presence of dimethylfumarate (DMF) in the footwear and the sachets contained in the packaging. Dimethylfumarate is a substance which is considered harmful, irritating and sensitising on contact with the skin, and its use as a biocide is not authorised.

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

 

Serious risk Consumer products

9
0539/09

Germany

Category: Toys

Product: Toy bag "Noukie's"

Brand: Lola Doudou

Name:

Type/number of model: Toy bag/0780.79, EAN 5413042101683

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: A bag containing a teddy bear. The bag is made of flexible plastic with an opening that can be closed by pulling a cord. The bag is in the form of a rucksack. Approximate dimensions: 30 cm in height, 17 cm in diameter, with an opening of approx 52 cm in circumference. A cord is attached securely at both ends to the rucksack and is used for carrying the bag. There are no significant markings or manufacturer information. The plastic is approximately 0.246 mm thick.

Country of origin: Unknown


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Suffocation

The product poses a risk of suffocation because the bag, used as packaging for a teddy bear, may pose a suffocation hazard as the opening has a circumference of around 520 mm (danger when > 380 mm) and the cord for carrying the bag is around 700 mm long (danger when longer than 380 mm).

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

Voluntary measures: Voluntary stop of sales by the retailer.  

Belgium  

Serious risk Consumer products

10
0540/09

Sweden

Category: Protective equipment

Product: Dry suit inflation hoses - Flow restriction orifice

Brand: SI TECH

Name:

Type/number of model: Model no: 30115-00800, 32120-30800, 32510-00800. The affected hoses are marked on the UNF 3/8” end with an alphanumeric 3-digit batch code. Batch no: Between VIE-YF8 (black insert) and YF9-ZBD (blue insert)

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: SI TECH dry suit inflation hoses containing a flow restriction orifice. Consumers will most likely have received the hose as an accessory when purchasing a new dry suit. The hoses containing the affected part were sold during the period: 26 June 2006 – 26 February 2009. The insert is black, blue or green.

Country of origin: Sweden


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Drowning

The product poses a risk of drowning because the flow restricting insert may dislodge from the hose and move to the second stage where it could cause an obstruction to the air flow. This could interfere with connected devices including the regulator. Airflow might therefore be reduced which could affect breathing when diving.

One incident reported.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary corrective actions taken by the manufacturer.  

Greece,
Finland  

Serious risk Consumer products

11
0541/09

Slovakia

Category: Lighting chains

Product: Lighting chain

Brand: 20 luces decorativas

Name:

Type/number of model: 50Hz, 230 V

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Christmas lighting chain with exchangeable varicoloured bulbs. The product is packed in a red cardboard box with a picture of house.

Country of origin: China


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Electric shock

The product poses a risk of electric shock because:

- the sections of wires are less than 0.5 mm2. The length of the cord, as well as the attachment of wires into the lampholders, are not compliant;

- the parameters of the plug are not compliant;

- the lampholders do not pass the needle flame test and ball pressure test.

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

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

Slovakia  

Serious risk Consumer products

12
0542/09

Finland

Category: Clothing, textiles and fashion items

Product: Scarf - Asessor accessoires

Brand: L’Asessor

Name:

Type/number of model: Art No. STI/AN/VG3037

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: A white viscose scarf with printed blue flowers. Size: 170x67 cm.

Country of origin: China


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains banned azocolourants. The scarf's blue colour releases 180 mg/kg of benzidine and 230 mg/kg of 3,3’-dimethoxybenzidine, which both exceed the limit of 30 mg/kg. The product does not comply with the Chemical Restrictions Directive 76/769/EEC.

Compulsory measures: Import rejected by the customs authorities.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

13
0543/09

Greece

Category: Clothing, textiles and fashion items

Product: Girl's dress

Brand: Jumbo

Name:

Type/number of model: Item No: 331929, bar code: 0 272060 000034

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Girl’s dress in grey and pink that can be tied around the neck with fabric cords. On the front of the dress there is embroidery depicting the letter 26 and the inscription: “ATHLETIC SPORT FOR GIRLS, Gym, Sporty”. On the inside, there is a sewn, textile label, with the inscription: “02 YEARS”. Additionally, there is a cardboard label attached to the dress with the inscription: “JUMBO, 02 YEARS” and information about the product, such as the address of the importer and the country of origin. Composition: 100% cotton. Sizes: 24 months, 04 and 06 years.

Country of origin: China


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Strangulation

The product poses a risk of strangulation due to the presence of cords with free ends in the neck area. The product does not comply with the relevant European standard EN 14682, according to which for children aged from birth to age 7 years “halter neck-style garments shall be constructed with no free ends in the hood and neck area”.

Compulsory measures: Corrective actions ordered by the authorities.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

14
0544/09

Slovakia

Category: Lighting chains

Product: Lighting chain - Multi Function rice light

Brand: Multi Function

Name:

Type/number of model: Model: MG – 140, Mode: MG – 100

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Lighting chain with small varicoloured bulbs, equipped with a flashing device. The product is packed in a cardboard box with Christmas motifs and marked "MULTI FUNCTION RICE LIGHT" Model: MG – 140, 230V/50Hz/31,5W, 7,5W/0,07A; Mode: MG – 100, 230V/50Hz/35W, 5V/0,07A, text in Hungarian language, etc.

Country of origin: Unknown


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Electric shock

The product poses a risk of electric shock because:

- the cover of the regulation device does not pass the impact test and it is not sufficiently fixed to the chain and mains plug,

- the section of wires and the length of the bulb conductors are not compliant.

The product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive and the relevant European standards EN 60598 and EN 55015.

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

 

Serious risk Consumer products

15
0545/09

Finland

Category: Toys

Product: Soft toys - Rainbow bears

Brand: First & main

Name:

Type/number of model: Art no. 1362 for all bears

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Soft bears in 6 different colours. I: Red, II: Blue, III: Yellow, IV: Orange, V: Green, VI: Lila

Country of origin: China


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Chemical

The products pose a chemical risk because they contain bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP). In addition, two products contain lead in a concentration higher than the permitted limit of 90 mg/kg.

I: 25 % DEHP II: 24 % DEHP III: 24 % DEHP, 97 mg/kg Pb IV: 23 % DEHP, 150 mg/kg Pb

V: 26 % DEHP

VI: 26 % DEHP

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

Compulsory measures: Import rejected by the customs authorities.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

16
0546/09

Slovakia

Category: Toys

Product: Toy telephones - Children’s plastic room phone

Brand: KID PHONE

Name:

Type/number of model: No. 9968, EAN code: 8590756384841

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: A set of two plastic pink and green telephones with pink buttons, bearing the pictures of a boy called Daniel and a girl called Emily. The telephone operates on two batteries of 1.5 V type AA, which are not included. The product is packed in a varicoloured cardboard box with a transparent plastic window.

Country of origin: China


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Damage to hearing

The product poses a risk of damage to hearing because the weighted emission of acoustic pressure is 96.8 dB, which exceeds the maximum permitted value of 80 dB.

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

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

Czech Republic  

Serious risk Consumer products

17
0547/09

Germany

Category: Lighting equipment

Product: LED display screen

Brand: Haiyixing

Name:

Type/number of model: Unknown

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Entrance sign (approximately 500 x 250 mm) for business premises consisting of an LED display screen. The electrical wiring, including electronic component, is mounted directly on a base made of chipboard painted black. There is a plastic frame with a hole for the mains cable.

Country of origin: China


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Electric shock

The product poses a risk of electric shock because the cord anchorage is not sufficient to withstand pulling and twisting (secured only by hot adhesive).

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

Voluntary measures: Sales ban. Voluntary withdrawal from the market, recall from consumers and destruction of products by the importer.