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

- Weekly overview report of RAPEX notifications

week 21 - 2009

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
0712/09

Spain

Category: Childcare articles and children's equipment

Product: Baby's bottle – "Momlove, baby plastic bottle and nipple"

Brand: Vidal

Name:

Type/number of model: Item n°: 6002547

Batch number/Barcode: 8427265625472

OECD Portal Category:

Description: A baby's bottle that comes with a brush to clean it. It is packed in a transparent plastic bag closed with a cardboard strip. The front of the cardboard strip reads "VIDAL. NON-TOXIC MATERIALS. MOMLOVE. BABY PLASTIC BOTTLE & NIPPLE".

Country of origin: China


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Cuts,
Suffocation,
Chemical

The product poses:

- a risk of cuts due to the presence of burrs,

- a risk of suffocation, because the teat tears under a tensile force of less than 90 N,

- a chemical risk, because the teat contains bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP).

This product does not comply with the REACH Regulation.

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

Portugal  

Serious risk Consumer products

2
0713/09

Greece

Category: Toys

Product: Toy telephones - Super telephone

Brand: Benign girl

Name:

Type/number of model: Code No. 143-333

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: A toy telephone set, comprised of a pink and white flip-top mobile telephone and a pink and white cordless telephone. The toy is operated by 3 button batteries of 1.5 V. The set is packed in a blister on cardboard bearing a picture of two dolls (girls), the CE mark and warnings.

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 119.7 dB which exceeds the maximum permitted value of 80 dB.

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

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

 

Serious risk Consumer products

3
0714/09

Greece

Category: Toys

Product: Radio controlled truck and helicopter - Super Transporter

Brand: PENG FA

Name:

Type/number of model: code No. 666-20, barcode 5204258033130

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Plastic R/C red truck with red helicopter. The set is packed in a black cardboard box with a transparent window through which the toy is visible. Technical characteristics of the AC/DC adaptor: (110-240) V AC, (50-60) Hz.

Country of origin: China


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Fire

The product poses a risk of fire and burns because the AC/DC adaptor is not fire-resistant as the non-metallic parts do not resist against initiation and spread of fire.

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.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

4
0715/09

Bulgaria

Category: Clothing, textiles and fashion items

Product: Children’s jacket - Billabong

Brand: Roni

Name:

Type/number of model: Model n° 0630

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: The children’s jackets have functional cords in the hood. They are intended for boys and have an appliqué design on the front with the inscription “Billabong” and an embroidered picture of sun and sea. There is a label containing information in Bulgarian about the country of origin – Bulgaria - size and treatment symbols.

The product may be treated as counterfeit.

Country of origin: Bulgaria


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Strangulation

The products pose a risk of strangulation due to the presence of drawstrings in the neck area.

The products do not comply with the relevant European standard EN 14682.

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

 

Serious risk Consumer products

5
0716/09

Bulgaria

Category: Clothing, textiles and fashion items

Product: Children’s jacket - Barbie

Brand: Roni

Name:

Type/number of model: Model n° 0613

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: The children’s jackets have functional cords in the hood. They are intended for girls and have an appliqué design on the front with the inscription “Barbie” and an embroidered picture of sun and sea. There is also a label containing information in Bulgarian about the country of origin – Bulgaria - size and treatment symbols.

The product may be treated as counterfeit.

Country of origin: Bulgaria


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Strangulation

The products pose a risk of strangulation due to the presence of drawstrings in the neck area.

The products do not comply with the relevant European standard EN 14682.

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

 

Serious risk Consumer products

6
0717/09

Bulgaria

Category: Clothing, textiles and fashion items

Product: Children’s blouse

Brand: Victoria

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Long-sleeved blouse for girls with decorative cords in the collar. The blouse consists of three rows of frills in the neck area and two rows of frills on the sleeves. It is beige and has a printed pattern of flowers in yellow, green and red, with a label containing information in Bulgarian: composition: 100% cotton, size, treatment symbols.

Country of origin: Bulgaria


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Strangulation

The products pose a risk of strangulation due to the presence of drawstrings in the neck area.

The products do not comply with the relevant European standard EN 14682.

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

 

Serious risk Consumer products

7
0718/09

Bulgaria

Category: Clothing, textiles and fashion items

Product: Children's clothing set

Brand: Kids Joy

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: The set consists of two parts: a pair of trousers and a sweatshirt. Sizes: intended for small children up to 7 years of age, and for older children and adolescents from 7 to 14 years of age.

- The trousers are grey and have a cord with plastic toggles at both ends. The cord is placed in the waist area and its ends are longer than 140 mm – each end is 300 mm long.

- The sweatshirt is pink and has an embroidered inscription “h2O” and “Winx club”. It also has a hood with cords that have loose ends with plastic toggles.

The label contains the following information: type of product – a children’s set; composition – 100% polyester; indications in accordance with the common symbols for washing, dry-cleaning, ironing and bleaching. The product is sold in a separate, transparent, polyethylene bag.

The product may be treated as counterfeit.

Country of origin: Bulgaria


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Strangulation,
Injuries

The product poses a risk of:

- strangulation, due to the presence of drawstrings in the hood area,

- injuries, due to the presence of 300 mm long cords with plastic toggles in the waist which exceeds the maximum permitted limit (140mm).

The products do not comply with the relevant European standard EN 14682.

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

 

Serious risk Consumer products

8
0719/09

Greece

Category: Lighters

Product: Lighters

Brand: BULL

Name:

Type/number of model: HO7

Batch number/Barcode: 2007814608178 (on packaging)

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Black lighters packed in a green cardboard box containing 50 items and marked “BULL Lighter”. Half of the lighter is transparent, while the other half is opaque and includes a small torch that is activated by pressing a button on the side of the lighter.

Country of origin: China


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Burns,
Fire

The product poses a risk of burns and fire because it fails to meet the necessary requirements as regards flame control, resistance to spitting, sputtering and flaring, volumetric displacement and resistance to continuous burning.

The product does not comply with the relevant European standard EN 9994.

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

 

Serious risk Consumer products

9
0720/09

Greece

Category: Clothing, textiles and fashion items

Product: Girl’s summer dress

Brand: Special day

Name:

Type/number of model: Model 16088, art. 5286, col. 4, barcode 021282200152

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Girl’s sleeveless summer dress in white, with a pink and grey rose pattern and a white underskirt. The dress has a zip on the back and a tie belt. On the inside, there is a sewn, textile label, with the inscription: “Special Day, 7”. In addition, there is a cardboard label attached to the dress, which contains the same inscription and information about the product, such as the article number, the size, barcode, composition: 100% cotton. Size: 7 (7 years old).

Country of origin: Italy


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Injuries

The product poses a risk of injuries due to the presence of a tie belt in the waist area that protrudes by 450 mm at each end. The product does not comply with the relevant European standard EN 14682, according to which tie belts or sashes intended to be tied at the front of a garment shall be permitted provided that, when untied, they are no more than 360 mm in length, measured from the point where they are to be tied.

Compulsory measures: Corrective actions ordered by the authorities.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

10
0721/09

Portugal

Category: Motor vehicles

Product: Passenger car

Brand: Volvo

Name:

Type/number of model: S40, V50, C30, C70, S80, V70, model year 2009

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Volvo passenger cars of the following models: S40, V50, C30, C70, S80, V70 MY 2009, equipped with a diesel 2.0 D engine.

List of VIN numbers attached .

Country of origin: Sweden

No pictures are available

Injuries

The product poses a risk of injuries because the brake servo assistance from the vacuum pump may be reduced under certain cold start conditions, thereby reducing the braking performance which could lead to an accident.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary corrective actions taken by the manufacturer.  

The Netherlands,
Poland,
Slovenia,
Sweden,
Hungary  

Serious risk Consumer products

11
0722/09

Lithuania

Category: Chemical products

Product: Spray paint

Brand: ABRO

Name:

Type/number of model:

1. "ABRO spray paint" acrylic paint,

Batch number/Barcode: 7909202192014, internal code: 02149;

2. "ABRO spray paint" fluorescent, barcode: unknown; internal code: 02150;

3. "ABRO spray paint" gold colour, barcode: 7909200620106, internal code:

02151; 4. "ABRO spray paint" Chrome, barcode: 7909202192038, internal code: 02152;

5. "ABRO spray paint" Premium (18KT Gold, Chrome Plate), barcode: 7909202192021, internal code: 02153;

6. "ABRO spray paint" metallic, barcode: unknown; internal code: 02233;

7. "ABRO SPRAY PAINT" high temperature, barcode: unknown; internal code: 02308.

OECD Portal Category:

Description: ABRO spray paint, capacity 473 ml, in a spray cylinder with a lid cap matching the colour of the content. On the label there is a warning: "DANGER: EXTREMELY FLAMMABLE! Contains Toluene, Xylene and Acetone".

Country of origin: United States


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains 13% of toluene, which may not be placed on the market or used as a substance or constituent of preparations in a concentration equal to or higher than 0.1% by mass in adhesives and spray paints intended for sale to the general public.

This product does not comply with the REACH Regulation.

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

Bulgaria  

Serious risk Consumer products

12
0723/09

Lithuania

Category: Chemical products

Product: SprayS paint primer

Brand: ABRO

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode: 7909202192441, internal code: 02154

OECD Portal Category:

Description: ABRO spray paint primer, capacity 473 ml, in a spray cylinder with a lid cap matching the colour of the content. On the label there is a warning: "DANGER: EXTREMELY FLAMMABLE! Contains Toluene, Xylene and Acetone".

Country of origin: United States


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains 20% of toluene, which may not be placed on the market or used as a substance or constituent of preparations in a concentration equal to or higher than 0.1% by mass in adhesives and spray paints intended for sale to the general public.

This product does not comply with the REACH Regulation.

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

 

Serious risk Consumer products

13
0724/09

Lithuania

Category: Toys

Product: Expanding toys - Grow toys

Brand: VISION®

Name:

Type/number of model: Unknown

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Expanding toys made from hard, spongy and expanding polymeric material in various forms:

1. Red flat fish, weight: 7.5 g; dimensions of toy approximately: 53 x 21 x 10 mm,

2. Yellow flat fish, weight: 7.0 g; dimensions of toy approximately: 21 x 11 x 3 mm,

3. Yellow and green flat fish weight: 8.5 g; dimensions of toy approximately: 50 x 26 x 22 mm.

A label is marked on one side with the inscriptions: "GROW TOYS", "Do not swallow", "EXPANDS TO OVER 600 % OF ORIGINAL SIZE" and on the other side: "non toxic", "Not recommended for children under 3 years old". "WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts. Not for children under 3 Years", "Made in China".

Country of origin: China


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Choking

The product poses a risk of choking because parts of the toy, which fits entirely into the small parts cylinder, can grow in size by more than 50% after being placed in water.

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

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

 

Serious risk Consumer products

14
0725/09

Portugal

Category: Electrical appliances

Product: Extension cable

Brand: bdnc

Name:

Type/number of model: Power Cube

Batch number/Barcode: 5608199410645

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Grey-coloured extension cable with a 1.8 m power cable, 5 “Schuko” sockets, a switch and the following dimensions: 29 x 5.5 x 4 cm. The product is packed in a transparent plastic bag sealed with a blue cardboard strip. The dimensions of the packaging are as follows: 41 x 15 x 6 cm.

Country of origin: China


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Electric shock,
Fire

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

- neither the plug or the socket block comply with requirements,

- the side contacts of the sockets may be deformed by insertion of a plug with a force of 150 N for 1 minute,

- the average resistance between the earth connection and the accessible metal parts is 0.08Ω, whereas that specified by the standard is ≤0.05Ω,

- portable sockets that can be dismantled must have threaded connectors, whereas in this case the connections are welded,

- construction of plugs and socket-outlets is non-compliant,

- the minimum section for the power cable conductors of devices with current up to 16 Amperes and 250 Volts is 1 mm², whereas the conductors on this sample have a section of 0.75 mm²,

- the section of the conductors is not compliant with the standard,

- the resistance of insulating material to abnormal heat, fire and tracking is insufficient.

The product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive.

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

 

Serious risk Consumer products

15
0726/09

Finland

Category: Clothing, textiles and fashion items

Product: Children's jackets

Brand: Baby

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode: 1. 6934275612542 2. 6934275612559

OECD Portal Category:

Description:

1. Baby'ss light blue cotton sweatshirt with a hood and a zip, size 9M. The inscription “Sailing club with sails spread” and an anchor motif is printed on the front and “Navy” on the left sleeve.

2. Baby's pink cotton sweatshirt with a hood and a zip, size 9M. “Pretty baby” and a flower motif is printed on the front.

Country of origin: China


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Strangulation

The products pose a risk of strangulation due to the presence of cords in the neck area.

The products do not comply with the relevant European standard EN 14682.

Compulsory measures: Import rejected by the customs authorities.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

16
0727/09

Portugal

Category: Electrical appliances

Product: Extension cable

Brand: bdnc

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode: 5608199410010

OECD Portal Category:

Description: White-coloured extension cable with a 1.5 m power cable, 3 “Schuko” sockets, a switch and the following dimensions: 16.5 x 4.5 x 4 cm.

Country of origin: China


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Electric shock,
Fire

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

- neither the plug or the socket block comply with the requirements,

- the average resistance between the earth connection and the accessible metal parts is 0.09Ω, whereas that specified by the standard is ≤ 0.05Ω,

- portable sockets that can be dismantled must have threaded connectors, whereas in this case the connections are welded,

- construction of plugs and socket-outlets is non compliant,

- the minimum section for the power cable conductors of devices with current up to 16 Amperes and 250 Volts is 1 mm², whereas the conductors on this sample have a section of 0.3 mm²,

- although this extension cable can be dismantled, it is fitted with conductors of 0.3 mm² (marking on the cable indicate that the section is 1 mm²),

- the values measures for clearances and creepage are lower (2.7 mm) than the specified values (3 mm),

- the resistance of insulating material to abnormal heat, to fire and tracking is insufficient.

The product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive.

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

 

Serious risk Consumer products

17
0728/09

Portugal

Category: Electrical appliances

Product: Extension cable

Brand: bdnc

Name:

Type/number of model: Power Cube

Batch number/Barcode: 5608199410652

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Grey-coloured extension cable with a 3 m power cable, 5 “Schuko” sockets, a switch and the following dimensions: 29 x 5.5 x 4 cm. The product is packed in a transparent plastic bag sealed with a blue cardboard strip. The dimensions of the packaging are as follows: 41 x 15 x 6 cm.

Country of origin: China


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Electric shock,
Fire

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

- neither the plug or the socket block comply with the requirements,

- the side contacts of the sockets were deformed by insertion of a plug with a force of 150 N for 1 minute,

- the average resistance between the earth connection and the accessible metal parts is 0.12Ω, whereas that specified by the standard is ≤ 0.05Ω,

- portable sockets that can be dismantled must have threaded connectors, whereas in this case the connections are welded,

- construction of plugs and socket-outlets is non compliant,

- the minimum section for the power cable conductors of devices with current up to 16 Amperes and 250 Volts is 1 mm², whereas the conductors on this sample have a section of 0.75 mm²,

- the section of the conductors is not compliant with the standard,

- the resistance of insulating material to abnormal heat, to fire and tracking is insufficient.

The product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive.

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

 

Serious risk Consumer products

18
0729/09

Lithuania

Category: Toys

Product: Expanding toys - Grow toys

Brand: VISION ®

Name:

Type/number of model: Unknown

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Expanding toys in the form of:

1. Black whale, weight: 8.8 g, dimensions approx: 49 x 26 x 17 mm,

2. Lilac shark, weight: 9.7 g, dimensions approx: 53 x 26 x 15 mm,

3) Dark green dolphin, weight: 6.2 g, dimensions approx: 58 x 27 x 14 mm.

The toys are made from hard spongy and expanding polymeric material. They include a label with inscriptions: “GROWING“ TOYS FRUIT & VEGETABLE“, Do not swallow, EXPAND TO OVER 600 % OF ORIGINAL SIZE, on other side of label is lettering: “Create your world”, non-toxic, not recommended for children under 3 years old. WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD- Small parts. Not for children under 3 Years. Made in China

Country of origin: China


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Choking,
Injuries

The products pose a risk of choking and injuries because parts of the toy, which fit entirely into the small parts cylinder, can grow in size by more than 50% after being placed in water. If a child swallows parts of this toy, contact with the saliva or gastric juices will cause the toy to grow in size, which may cause asphyxia or gastrointestinal injuries.

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

 

Serious risk Consumer products

19
0730/09

Spain

Category: Chemical products

Product: Glue - Red Sun

Brand: BRICOGAR

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode: 8422838214695, Number of reference: 21469.

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Bicycle tyre repair kit containing glue, patches and tools. The words “RED SUN” appear on the tube of glue. The packaging is a blister pack.

Country of origin: China


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains benzene at a concentration higher than 1% by weight.

This product does not comply with the REACH Regulation.

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

 

Serious risk Consumer products

20
0731/09

Spain

Category: Clothing, textiles and fashion items

Product: Ladies' boots

Brand: MARARIA

Name:

Type/number of model: Ref.: 72SD03, Code No 72-SD03.

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Ladies’ black, high-heeled boots decorated with crystals around the top and two buckles on the side. A swing tag is attached to the boots with details of the composition, identification of the importer and model. The packaging is a blue cardboard box with the word “Mararía” on the cover and the following text on the side: Sizes 36-41. Colour: black.

Country of origin: China


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because of the presence in the footwear of dimethylfumarate (DMF), a substance used as a biocidal agent. 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

21
0732/09

Spain

Category: Clothing, textiles and fashion items

Product: Ladies' boots

Brand: SEÑORITA

Name:

Type/number of model: Ref.: 3454490019

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Ladies’ brown boots. The packaging is a yellow cardboard box marked with the following text: “Botas de Señora Rfa. 3454490019. SENORITA”. Inside the box are sachets bearing the words: “Mouldproof Agent Do Not Eat”.

Country of origin: China


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because of the presence in the footwear of 72 mg/kg of dimethylfumarate (DMF), a substance used as a biocidal agent. 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

22
0733/09

Spain

Category: Clothing, textiles and fashion items

Product: Ladies' shoes

Brand: XTI

Name:

Type/number of model: Model: 22975/3

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: High-heeled peep-toe sandal. Shoes have synthetic uppers and sole.

Country of origin: Taiwan


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because of the presence in the sachet of 0.5 mg/kg of dimethylfumarate (DMF), a substance used as a biocidal agent. 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: Import rejected by the customs authorities.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

23
0734/09

Poland

Category: Toys

Product: Toy hair-drier set - Makeup girl

Brand: Pretty – Fashion series

Name:

Type/number of model: EAN 5900851102340; REF No. 2120010234, No. 0518-5.

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Set consisting of a hair-drier and a foldingt comb andmirror set made of hard plastic, coloured pink and blue. On the hair-drier there is the inscription “Makeup girl”. The packaging is a pink, cardboard base with a transparent, plastic blister. The toys are marked with a CE mark and containthe following information: name and address of the importer, “Made in China”, EAN number. There is also a warning about the risk of swallowing small parts and about the necessity of storing the packaging not within the reach of children, and a pictogram with the age 0-3 restriction.

Country of origin: China


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Cuts

The product poses a risk of cuts because real glass is used in the mirror.

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.