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

- Weekly overview report of RAPEX notifications

week 35 - 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
1218/09

Cyprus

Category: Electrical appliances

Product: Ultrasonic humidifier - Steamy

Brand: Lanaform

Name:

Type/number of model: 79500

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Ultrasonic humidifier. The packaging is green, yellow and white and shows a picture of the product.

Country of origin: Belgium


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Electric shock,
Injuries

The product poses a risk of electric shock and injuries for children because the enclosure is shaped and decorated in such a way that the product is likely to be treated as a toy by children.

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

Compulsory measures: Sales ban ordered by the authorities.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

2
1219/09

Slovakia

Category: Electrical appliances

Product: Travel charger - TFI Mini Travel Charger Electronic

Brand: TF1

Name:

Type/number of model: 1. TF1, TC-02FR,
2. NRG-60, TC-02TF,
3. without marking

Batch number/Barcode: 5906961987365

OECD Portal Category:

Description: on the pack, the mark is: TF1

Travel charger made from black plastic material. Packed in a green cardboard box with marking TF1, Mini Travel Charger Electronic. This box may contain one of three products with different markings:

1. TF1, TC-02FR, INPUT: 100-240V – 50/60Hz, OUTPUT: DC5-10V Max 800mA,

2. NRG-60, TC-02TF, INPUT: 100-240V-50/60Hz, OUTPUT: DC 5-10V Max 600mA,

3. without marking

Country of origin: China


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Fire,
Electric shock

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

- products 2 and 3 do not pass the humidity resistance, insulation strength and voltage tests,

- the products do not comply with the requirements for the construction of the transformer,

- lack of double and reinforced insulation. Creepage distances of basic, supplementary, reinforced and functional insulations did not meet the required values, - the dimensions of pins are not compatible with the dimensions of the socket-outlets,

- the cover close to the plug does not comply with the requirements for heat resistance.

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

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

 

Serious risk Consumer products

3
1220/09

Germany

Category: Motor vehicles

Product: Passenger car - Berlingo III

Brand: CITROEN

Name:

Type/number of model: Type 7*****, EC type approval e2*2001/116*0366*

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: The vehicles concerned were built in 2007-2008. The VINs lie in the range between 67000039 and 9J000702.

Country of origin: France

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Injuries

The product poses a risk of injuries because the heat shield mounting for the spare wheel cage may be damaged by vibrations when the vehicle is used over a long period. As a result, part of the shield may become detached and fall on to the road, leading to an accident.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary corrective actions taken by the manufacturer.  

Greece,
Denmark,
The Netherlands,
Malta,
Slovenia,
Bulgaria,
Hungary,
Sweden,
Portugal  

Serious risk Consumer products

4
1221/09

Austria

Category: Toys

Product: Cap gun - Ramrod

Brand: Lone Star

Name:

Type/number of model: Art. No. 0424; EAN-Code 4000908004243

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Brown toy revolver (metal/plastic) for percussion caps, using recommended Wicke "EURO CAPS".

Country of origin: Germany


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Damage to hearing

The product poses a risk of damage to hearing because it produces a C-weighted peak emission sound pressure LpCpeak of 132 dB that significantly exceeds the maximum permitted level of 125 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

5
1222/09

France

Category: Toys

Product: Key ring with soft toy (tiger)

Brand: LOGITOYS

Name:

Type/number of model: 00.570.041

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Stuffed soft toy representing a tiger made of dark brown, light brown, black and off-white fabric. The tiger is stuffed with granules. The eyes are made of black plastic and the mouth is in brown thread. It holds a pink cloth heart and wears a pink leatherette bag with a bear's head picked out in brown thread stitching. The toy has a textile label and a metal ring and chain.

Country of origin: Unknown


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Choking

The product poses a risk of choking due to the presence of small parts, which can be detached with a force of less than 90 N (eyes under a force of less than 10 N). The small parts, which fit into the small parts cylinder, can be ingested or inhaled by small children.

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

Voluntary measures: Voluntary withdrawal from the market.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

6
1223/09

United Kingdom

Category: Childcare articles and children's equipment

Product: Children’s cutlery sets - Miniamo Children’s Melamine Cutlery Sets

Brand: Miniamo

Name:

Type/number of model: The product codes, product descriptions and retail barcodes are as follows:

CIR2896 – Cupcakes 3 Piece Cutlery Set, Barcode 9339596 007904.

CIR2908 – Pastels Set of 4 Forks, Barcode 9339596 010256.

CIR2907 – Pastels Set of 4 Knives, Barcode 9339596 018818.

CIR2909 – Pastels Set of 4 Spoons, Barcode 9339596 010263.

CIR3151 – Stars 3 Piece Cutlery Set, Barcode 9339596 008390.

CIR2881 – Brights Set of 4 Forks, Barcode 9339596 008154.

CIR2880 – Brights Set of 4 Knives, Barcode 9339596 018641.

CIR2882 – Brights Set of 4 Spoons, Barcode 9339596 008147.

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: All eight products are packaged in semi-translucent plastic packaging each with prominent Miniamo branding on the front. The range comprises of two (Pastels and Brights) four-piece coloured knife, fork and spoon sets and two patterned (Cupcakes and Stars) three-piece cutlery sets each containing a knife, fork and spoon.

Country of origin: China


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Choking

The products pose a risk of choking because the knives and forks may easily fracture and the forks' prongs may become detached.

The products do not comply with the standard BS EN 14372.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary recall from consumers by the importer.  

Ireland,
Spain  

Serious risk Consumer products

7
1224/09

United Kingdom

Category: Motor vehicles

Product: Vehicle starting aid - 3 in 1 Quick Start

Brand: Rolson

Name:

Type/number of model: Model number 42959. Bar Code 5029594429597.

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Vehicle starting aid with light, compressor and pressure gauge.

Country of origin: China


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Injuries

The product poses a risk of injuries because of the gross inaccuracy of the pressure gauge (errors recorded in excess of 50%) resulting in the incorrect inflation of vehicle tyres, which may cause a vehicle accident.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary stop of sales and recall from consumers.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

8
1225/09

Finland

Category: Clothing, textiles and fashion items

Product: Scarf

Brand: Global Accessories

Name:

Type/number of model: Art. No. 6876 in invoice, bar code: 0202003794409

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: 100% viscose scarf. Size 50 x 180 cm and fringes. Red, dark blue and violet lines and patterns.

Country of origin: China


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains banned azocolourants. The dark blue colour releases 460 mg/kg of benzidine and 190 mg/kg of 3.3’-dimethoxybenzidine which exceeds the limit 30 mg/kg.

The product does not comply with the REACH Regulation.

Compulsory measures: Import rejected by the customs authorities.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

9
1226/09

Finland

Category: Childcare articles and children's equipment

Product: Soother holder - Tuttiketju/Nappkedjan

Brand: Pikku Piia

Name:

Type/number of model: Art no. 160261/160258/160259 in invoice

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Three different shaped soother holders with chains. First one with white chain and sheep-shaped soother holder. Second one with yellow chain and a ladybird-shaped soother holder. Third one with green chain and butterfly-shaped soother holder.

Country of origin: China


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Strangulation

The products pose a risk of strangulation because the lengths of the soother holders are 240 mm ± 5 mm, which exceeds the maximum allowed length of 220 mm.

The products do not comply with the relevant European standard EN 12586.

Compulsory measures: Import rejected by the customs authorities.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

10
1227/09

Finland

Category: Clothing, textiles and fashion items

Product: Children's clothing

Brand: Earlybirds

Name:

Type/number of model: 1. Wrap-around t-shirt (7C58W in invoice),
2. Bodysuit (7C46W in invoice),
3. Jumpsuit (7C47W in invoice)

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: 1. 100% cotton wrap-around t-shirt for babies. Various colours (pink/blue/ivory).

2. 100% cotton body for babies. Various colours (pink/blue/ivory).

3. 100% cotton jumpsuit for babies. Various colours (pink/blue/ivory).

Country of origin: China


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Strangulation,
Injuries

1. The product poses a risk of injuries due to the presence of 190 mm long functional cords in the waist area (maximum allowed: 140 mm).

2. The product poses a risk of strangulation due to the presence of functional cords in the neck area.

3. The product poses a risk of injuries due to the presence of 180 mm long functional cords in the waist area (maximum allowed: 140 mm).

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

Compulsory measures: Import rejected by the customs authorities.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

11
1228/09

Hungary

Category: Food-imitating products

Product: Candles

Brand: I Love You

Name:

Type/number of model: 10KAMA10-12-8, Bar Code: 7000073904734

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: The package contains whole coffee beans and 4 candles in the form of sweets.

Country of origin: China


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Choking

The product poses a risk of choking because the form and appearance of the product is such that it is likely that children will confuse it with a foodstuff and consequently place the product in the mouth.

The product does not comply with the Directive 87/357/EEC on products which, appearing to be other than they are, endanger the health or safety of consumers.

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

 

Serious risk Consumer products

12
1229/09

Germany

Category: Electrical appliances

Product: Portable gasoline generator

Brand: Kraftwelle

Name:

Type/number of model: OHV KW 6500

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Generator Standard Set Q/FMH001-1996

Red generator contained in a black carry frame, with three 230 V sockets and one red 400 V socket.

Country of origin: China


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Electric shock,
Fire

The product poses a risk of :

1. electric shock, because:

- the live components of the electrical conductors are easily accessible,

- the electrical conductors are not sufficiently insulated,

- the circuit breaker installed is not suitable for this generator;

2. fire, because when the generator is switched off to be refuelled after operation, the exhaust temperature is still higher than 230°C. Given the ignition temperature of petrol (200-300°C), there is a potential danger of ignition and skin burns.

The product does not comply with the Machinery Directive (98/37/EC), the Low Voltage Directive (LVD) and the relevant European standards EN 12601 and EN 60204.

Compulsory measures: Sales ban ordered by the authorities.  

The Netherlands  

Serious risk Consumer products

13
1230/09

Germany

Category: Toys

Product: Felt-tip pens - Water Color Pens, 18-piece set

Brand: Unknown

Name:

Type/number of model: EAN-Code: 8711197295460, Art, No: C.38167

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: 18 fine felt-tip pens with coloured bodies and ventilated caps in a colourless transparent plastic case.

Country of origin: China


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because the benzene content (from 26 to 110 mg/kg) exceeds the maximum limit of 5 mg/kg allowed in toys.

The product does not comply with REACH regulation.

Voluntary measures: Sales ban ordered by the authorities.Voluntary withdrawal from the market by the distributor.  

The Netherlands,
Belgium  

Serious risk Consumer products

14
1231/09

Cyprus

Category: Toys

Product: Expanding toys – Growing snake

Brand: Magic Aqua Grow

Name:

Type/number of model: Bar Code: 5 291040 009862

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Expanding toys made from hard, spongy and expanding polymeric material in the form of yellow – green snake. The packaging is marked with the following: For ages 3 and up - Aqua Grow. They grow – grow – grow. Grows 600%. Do not swallow. Warning choking hazard – small parts. Not for children under 3 years – Made in China.

Country of origin: China


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Choking

This product poses a risk of choking 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, contact with the saliva or gastric juices will cause the toy to grow in size, which may cause asphyxia.

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

15
1232/09

United Kingdom

Category: Electrical appliances

Product: Carbon monoxide alarm

Brand: Power Plus

Name:

Type/number of model: BWK034C / Ref 6167

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Battery-powered carbon monoxide alarm for domestic use. Approximately 11 cm in diameter. It is sold with blue and yellow packaging.

Country of origin: China


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk due to its failure to detect carbon monoxide gas at concentrations of 55 ppm, 110 ppm and 330 ppm.

The product does not comply with the standard BS EN 50291.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary recall from consumers by the importer.  

Ireland  

Serious risk Consumer products

16
1233/09

Austria

Category: Childcare articles and children's equipment

Product: Swim seat

Brand: Baby Ozean

Name:

Type/number of model:

1. Swim seat with yellow steering wheel, EAN 8012874031068

2. Baby Ozean, Article No 3165, EAN 8012874031655

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Children's inflatable swim seats with yellow steering wheel, in bright colours, resembling toys.

Country of origin: China


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Drowning

The product poses a risk of drowning because children may capsize in the seat and their head may go under water. Since their legs may get stuck in the openings, it is not possible for children to right themselves on their own. The product also does not comply with the relevant European standard EN 13138 according to which swim seats must not give the impression that they are toys, and must not have a colourful and decorative appearance.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary withdrawal from the market.  

Norway,
Denmark  

Serious risk Consumer products

17
1234/09

France

Category: Furniture

Product: Two-step stool with storage space

Brand: Plast Team

Name:

Type/number of model: Article No: 2081

Batch number/Barcode: 5706773208104, ITM code: 54546627

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Stool with storage space made from thermo-moulded plastic (various colours).

Country of origin: Poland


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Injuries

The product poses a risk of injuries because the user can fall because the steps: - are of an inappropriate size, - can easily break.

The product does not comply with the relevant European standard EN 14183.

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

Poland  

Serious risk Consumer products

18
1235/09

Slovakia

Category: Electrical appliances

Product: Charger for batteries - Super Quick Charger

Brand: i-Tec

Name:

Type/number of model: BATA 099, EAN code: 8594047312896

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Automatic pulse quick charger of batteries with LCD display for monitoring the charging and status of batteries. Packaging comprises also a set for connection in car, a set for connection of USB, 4 pieces of batteries AA 2500mAh. Packed in a blister with marking - One Hour Charging Time, Super Quick Charger, Longer usage life, BATA 099, i-tec, user instructions in four languages.

Country of origin: Unknown


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Burns,
Fire,
Injuries

The product poses a risk of burns, fire and injuries because:

- its construction does not comply with the safety requirements for electronic circuits and it can overheat and explode during charging,

- the cover close to the plug is not sufficiently heat resistant.

One incident of the product exploding has been reported. This product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive (LVD) and the relevant European standard EN 60335.

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

The Netherlands