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

- Weekly overview report of RAPEX notifications

week 42 - 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
1377/09

Cyprus

Category: Clothing, textiles and fashion items

Product: Children’s clothing set

Brand: Zhishun

Name:

Type/number of model: J024,
J025

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: A pair of trousers, a sweat shirt and a jacket, intended for children up to 36 months. The jacket has a hood with a cord and plastic toggles, and is fastened with a zip. On the front label is written: “Zhishun”. On the back label is written: “Zhishun” and “Style No: J024”/ “Style No: J025”.

Country of origin: China


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Strangulation,
Injuries

The product poses a risk of strangulation and injuries due to the presence of drawstrings at the hood and the waist 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

2
1378/09

Germany

Category: Cosmetics

Product: Skin lightening cream - Lightening and Purifying Body Lotion

Brand: Maxi Light

Name:

Type/number of model: LOT FSHP 090228 B.

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Skin lightening cream in a 500 ml bottle.

Country of origin: Ivory Coast


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk as it contains glucocorticosteroid (7.1 mg/100 g clobetasol propionate) and will be applied frequently and extensively to the skin by users.

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

Voluntary measures: Voluntary withdrawal from the market  

The Netherlands  

Serious risk Consumer products

3
1379/09

Spain

Category: Toys

Product: Puzzle mat

Brand: Eva Puzzle Mats

Name:

Type/number of model: Ref.: ST-1108; Invoice ref.: 8600047;

Batch number/Barcode: 8435269900471.

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Different coloured jigsaw pieces with letters of the alphabet on them. There is a piece of paper inside the blister pack with various information written on it: EC mark, warning that the product is not suitable for children under three years of age, importer information, made in Malaysia, etc. The packaging is a transparent plastic blister pack.

Country of origin: Malaysia


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Choking

The product poses a risk of choking because of the presence of small detachable elements which could be ingested or inhaled.

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

Compulsory measures: Sales ban ordered by the authorities.  

Norway  

Serious risk Consumer products

5
1381/09

Bulgaria

Category: Clothing, textiles and fashion items

Product: Children’s sleeveless hooded jacket

Brand: Bücürük

Name:

Type/number of model: 69187.

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Children’s sleeveless hooded jacket with cords in the hood, made from cotton, with small pockets and inscriptions on the front as well as beads sewn on to it. The product is packed in a transparent plastic bag.

Country of origin: Turkey


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Strangulation,
Choking

The product poses a risk of:

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

- choking because of small easily detachable elements which could be swallowed.

The product does not comply with the relevant European standards EN 14682 and EN 71 and with the Toys Directive.

Compulsory measures: Import rejected by the customs authorities.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

6
1382/09

Bulgaria

Category: Clothing, textiles and fashion items

Product: Children’s shorts - Bücürük Kids Fashion Club

Brand: Bücürük

Name:

Type/number of model: Article n° 69125, 9 SARI

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Children’s yellow cotton shorts with transparent plastic packaging.

Country of origin: Turkey


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Injuries

The product poses a risk of injuries due to the presence of decorative cords in the lower edge of the side seam of the trousers.

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

Compulsory measures: Import rejected by the customs authorities.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

7
1383/09

Cyprus

Category: Clothing, textiles and fashion items

Product: Children's trousers

Brand: Bodytalk Kids

Name:

Type/number of model: 192-23260 (54680-GREY MEL)

Batch number/Barcode: 5206502049546

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Trousers intended for children up to 6 years made from cotton and polyester, with drawstrings at the waist.

Country of origin: Turkey


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Injuries

The product poses a risk of injuries due to the presence of drawstrings at the waist area.

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

Compulsory measures: Corrective actions ordered by the authorities.  

Greece  

Serious risk Consumer products

8
1384/09

Bulgaria

Category: Clothing, textiles and fashion items

Product: Children’s dress

Brand: Bücürük

Name:

Type/number of model: 69145

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: A white and pink short-sleeved dress with butterflies and silver buttons attached to it as well as a ribbon in the lower part, with transparent plastic packaging.

Country of origin: Turkey


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Injuries,
Choking,
Chemical

The product poses a risk of:

- a risk of injuries due to the presence of a decorative ribbon in the waist area,

- a risk of choking because the silver buttons can be easily detached and swallowed by children,

- a chemical risk because the product contains 106.4 mg/kg formaldehyde (allowed limit is 20 mg/kg) and may cause rash and allergic reactions when in contact with the skin.

The product does not comply with the relevant European standards EN 14682 and EN 71.

Compulsory measures: Import rejected by the customs authorities.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

9
1385/09

Cyprus

Category: Clothing, textiles and fashion items

Product: Children's sweatshirt

Brand: Bodytalk Kids

Name:

Type/number of model: 01. 192-23442 (54680-GREY MEL),
02. 192-23242 (00400-BLUE)

Batch number/Barcode: 01. 5206502044084,
02. 5206502044022

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Sweatshirt intended for children up to 6 years, made from polyester and cotton, with a hood that incorporates a cord and with a zip fastener in the middle. On the front label is written: “Kids”, “Bodytalk”.

Country of origin: Turkey


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Strangulation

The product poses a risk of strangulation due to the presence of drawstrings in the hood.

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

Compulsory measures: Corrective actions ordered by the authorities.  

Greece  

Serious risk Consumer products

10
1386/09

Germany

Category: Toys

Product: Mask for children

Brand: Fun pack

Name:

Type/number of model: EAN code: 3469730034773

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Mask for children.

Country of origin: China


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains 53% by weight of di-"isononyl" phthalate (DINP).

According to REACH Regulation, phthalates DEHP, DBP and BBP are prohibited in all toys, while phthalates DINP, DIDP and DNOP are prohibited when the toy can be placed in the mouth by children.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary withdrawal from the market.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

11
1387/09

Cyprus

Category: Clothing, textiles and fashion items

Product: Children's sweatshirt

Brand: Bodytalk Kids

Name:

Type/number of model: 192-23442 (00100-BLACK)

Batch number/Barcode: 5206502045050

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Sweatshirt, made from polyester and cotton, intended for children up to 8 years. The sweatshirt has a hood with a cord. There is a zip fastener placed in the middle. On the front label is written: “Kids”, “Bodytalk”.

Country of origin: Turkey


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Strangulation

The product poses a risk of strangulation due to the presence of drawstrings at the hood.

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

Compulsory measures: Corrective actions ordered by the authorities.  

Greece  

Serious risk Consumer products

12
1388/09

Spain

Category: Electrical appliances

Product: Power sockets

Brand: Edusky

Name:

Type/number of model: 1. Enchufe doble: 5588579412035,

2. Enchufe sin tapa: 5588579411984, and

3. Enchufe: 5588579412073

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Three different, individually wrapped, power sockets: one is a double socket, another has a cover and the other two are single sockets without a cover. They are individually presented in a transparent blister pack, the cardboard part of the packaging carries the brand, the statement "Made in P.R.C.", the CE mark and 16 A/250V. On the back of the packaging there are the importer's details, the CE mark, the brand and the barcode.

Country of origin: China


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Electric shock

The products pose a risk of electric shock because:

- the holes in the sockets are not sufficiently elastic to ensure appropriate contact pressure with the pins of the plugs,

- the covers are not fastened at two points with a screw or other method.

The products do not comply with the Low Voltage Directive (LVD) and the national standard UNE 20315.

Compulsory measures: Import rejected by the customs authorities.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

13
1389/09

Spain

Category: Toys

Product: Pistol and sword - Electric Sound Gun/ Flashing Stick

Brand: Unknown

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode: Sword: 8458698512374; Pistol: 8458698512398.

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Pistol: made of plastic and designed to look like a space gun. It has a battery compartment and is packaged in a transparent plastic bag with a cardboard strip which reads: "ELECTRIC Sound Gun" and carries a sticker with the importer's details, the CE mark and a warning that it is not suitable for children under 36 months of age.

Sword: made of plastic and designed to look like an Arabian sword (the blade is marked with the word SWORD in English) and it has a battery compartment. The packaging has a cardboard strip that reads "Flashing Stick" and a label including the importer's details, the CE mark and a warning that it is not suitable for children under 36 months of age.

Country of origin: China


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Choking,
Chemical

The product poses a risk of choking and a chemical risk because the battery compartment opens easily, and the button batteries could be swallowed by young children.

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

Compulsory measures: Import rejected by the customs authorities.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

14
1390/09

Germany

Category: Toys

Product: Wooden mouse

Brand: Gad kids

Name:

Type/number of model: Item 271787; EAN 4038732004382

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: The test sample is a toy wooden mouse. It is about 13 cm high and has a coil spring of about 21 cm long for hanging purposes. The coil spring can easily be pulled out to a length of over 150 cm.

Country of origin: China


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Choking

The product poses a risk of choking because hands and feet break off on application of a force of 5N (88N minimum permissible) and can be swallowed by children.

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

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

 

Serious risk Consumer products

15
1391/09

Italy

Category: Toys

Product: Laser gun - Sport Gun

Brand: Song Zhu

Name:

Type/number of model: "Air sport gun 238A- HOT UP" and "P.578-1 SPORT GUN".

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: The packaging consists of a cardboard box, containing a plastic compressed air pistol and approximately 20 projectiles. The pistol is fitted with a switch-operated laser pointer which emits a continuous beam of red light.

The instructions are only in English language.

Country of origin: China


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Damage to sight

The product poses a risk of damage to sight because of the power of the laser which is a class 3B laser.

The product does not comply with the relevant European standard EN 60825.

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

 

Serious risk Consumer products

16
1392/09

Denmark

Category: Clothing, textiles and fashion items

Product: Children's sweatshirt - Michelle Long Sweat

Brand: Hummel

Name:

Type/number of model: Style no: 38291

Batch number/Barcode: 5700491480170

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Orange sweatshirt with purple stripes and a drawstring around the neck. The drawstring is attached at the back of the neck.

Country of origin: Turkey


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Strangulation

The product poses a risk of strangulation due to the presence of functional drawstrings in the neck of the sweatshirt.

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

Voluntary measures: Voluntary withdrawal from the market.  

Norway,
Sweden  

Serious risk Consumer products

17
1393/09

Greece

Category: Lighters

Product: Lighter

Brand: Long Dunhill

Name:

Type/number of model: MW 1008

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Refillable metallic electronic lighters with silver body and dark red head (approximate dimensions: 8 x 1.5 x 1.5 cm). The lighters have a patented child resistant lock. Each lighter is packed in a transparent plastic bag, accompanied with instructions on how to use the safety lock. The lighters are packed in a grey cardboard box (holding 10 items) and were intended as promotional gifts.

Country of origin: China


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Fire,
Burns

The product poses a risk of fire and burns because it is over-filled with the lighter fuel.

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

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

 

Serious risk Consumer products

18
1394/09

Slovakia

Category: Toys

Product: Doll

Brand: Amy

Name:

Type/number of model: Item no: 10187, EAN code: 8563516101873

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: The doll is made from softened PVC, with textile clothing, shoes, and monofilament hair. Legs and hands rotate and the eyes move. The doll is packed in a plastic transparent bag marked "AMY". A comb is included in the packaging.

Country of origin: China


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because the plastic material from which the toy is made contains 22% by weight of bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and 2.29% by weight of di-"isononyl" phthalate (DINP).

According to REACH Regulation, phthalates DEHP, DBP and BBP are prohibited in all toys, while phthalates DINP, DIDP and DNOP are prohibited when the toy can be placed in the mouth by children.

Compulsory measures: Sales ban ordered by the authorities.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

19
1395/09

Slovakia

Category: Toys

Product: Doll - Cute pal – Mab&e toys

Brand: Meibaoer

Name:

Type/number of model: PANENKA 240*20; item no. GKU58167; no. M9303; EAN code: 8594088581671

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: The doll is made from softened PVC with textile clothing, shoes, monofilament hair and a comb. Packed in a plastic transparent bag in the form of a bouquet.

Country of origin: China


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because the plastic material from which the toy is made contains 0.35% by weight of bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and 18% by weight of di-"isononyl" phthalate (DINP).

According to REACH Regulation, phthalates DEHP, DBP and BBP are prohibited in all toys, while phthalates DINP, DIDP and DNOP are prohibited when the toy can be placed in the mouth by children.

Compulsory measures: Sales ban ordered by the authorities.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

20
1396/09

Germany

Category: Toys

Product: Children's watch play set - Barbie wrist watch

Brand: Barbie

Name:

Type/number of model: Comtech B-Watch, SKN-No. 352020, EAN 5 904329 541662

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Children's watch play set, comprising one children's wristwatch, one colouring book and one pencil. The product is packaged in transparent hard plastic with brightly coloured cardboard inside.

Country of origin: China


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because the cover material of the colouring book contains 19% bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP).

According to the REACH Regulation, phthalates (DEHP, DBP and BBP) are prohibited in all toys and childcare articles, while phthalates (DINP, DIDP and DNOP) are prohibited in toys and childcare articles which can be placed in the mouth by children.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary withdrawal from the market and destruction of the products.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

21
1397/09

Germany

Category: Toys

Product: Wooden dinosaur - Deko Mobile

Brand: GaD Kids.

Name:

Type/number of model: Item 271785; EAN 4038732004368.

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Mobile consisting of several wooden figures. The sample is packaged in foil measuring 35 cm x 15 cm and all the required information on the importer, the CE mark, and warnings that it contains small parts and is not suitable for children under 3 years are present.

Country of origin: China


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Choking

The product poses a risk of choking because the wooden figures can be easily detached and swallowed.

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

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

 

Serious risk Consumer products

22
1398/09

Italy

Category: Clothing, textiles and fashion items

Product: Ladies' shoes - Nedline shoes - Italian style

Brand: N & D

Name:

Type/number of model: model NED 703

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Sneaker-type ladies' shoes, white, in leather and textile with N&D logo on the side; packaging consists of a pink cardboard box, with lighter-coloured lotus blossoms and printed with the logo N&D NEDLINE SHOES ITALIAN STYLE with Italian flag.

Country of origin: China


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains 156 mg/kg of dimethylfumarate (DMF).

One incident reported.

Dimethylfumarate is a substance which is strongly sensitising on contact with the skin, and consumer products containing dimethylfumarate are banned according to Commission Decision 2009/215/EC.

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

 

Serious risk Consumer products

23
1399/09

United Kingdom

Category: Cosmetics

Product: Freckle Cream - Stillman’s Freckle Cream

Brand: Stillman’s.

Name:

Type/number of model: Unknown.

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Round pot with red screw-top, in red square cardboard box (70 mm x 70 mm x 30 mm approximately). “Manufactured in Pakistan (Swat). Net 28 gms. when packed”. Enclosed leaflet – directions for use (In English and Urdu). ”EZH” printed inside box.

Country of origin: Pakistan


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains 3.1% of mercury which is prohibited in cosmetics by the Cosmetics Directive 76/768/EEC.

Two incidents reported.

Compulsory measures: Seizure of the products by the authorities.  

Ireland  

Serious risk Consumer products

24
1400/09

Slovakia

Category: Hobby/sports equipment

Product: Mountain bicycle - Carratt Xuantum

Brand: Esperia

Name:

Type/number of model: MTB 26“, only with frames with numbers ITFSD08A00200“ up to ITFSD08A00300"

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Mountain bicycle with 26” wheels and 21 speeds, suspended front fork, frame from aluminium alloy. Marking - on the frame Xuantum and Carratt, on the rear fork - MTB OFF ROAD ENERGY. Sticker on the saddle tube contains logo ESPERIA and the number of technical standard EN - 14766.

Country of origin: Italy


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Injuries

The product poses a risk of injuries because the frame tube of the bicycle can easily break (after 16,025 test cycles instead of 50,000). In addition, it is not equipped with a spoke protector on the rear wheel.

The product does not comply with the requirements of the relevant European standard EN 14766.

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

Italy  

Serious risk Consumer products

25
1401/09

Greece

Category: Motor vehicles

Product: Passenger car - Qashqai (J10) and X-Trail (T31)

Brand: Nissan

Name:

Type/number of model: The recall concerns 2006 to 2009 model vehicles, produced from 4 November 2006 to 4 June 2009 (Qashqai model) and 24 November 2006 to 14 July 2009 (X-Trail model). VINs are attached pdf.

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Passenger car

Country of origin: United Kingdom (Qashqai model),
Japan (X-Trail model)

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Injuries

The product poses a risk of injuries because the cover screw securing the pinion shaft of the steering gear to the gear housing may loosen and eventually come out, possibly leading to a loss of steering control.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary corrective actions taken by the manufacturer.  

Poland,
The Netherlands,
Germany,
Ireland,
Spain,
Portugal,
Sweden,
Slovenia,
Bulgaria,
Malta  

Serious risk Consumer products

26
1402/09

Greece

Category: Motor vehicles

Product: Passenger car - Audi A3 and TT

Brand: Audi

Name:

Type/number of model: models TT (8J) and A3 (8P)

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: The recall concerns 2009 and 2010 model years vehicles, produced between September 2008 and July 2009. The recall affects only Audi A3, A3 Sportback, Audi TT and TT Roadster with 6-speed direct shift gearbox (DSG).

Country of origin: Germany

No pictures are available

Injuries

The product poses a risk of injuries because the gearbox control unit may read the clutch temperature incorrectly, activating the gearbox protection function and resulting in a loss of transmission.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary corrective actions taken by the importer.  

Germany,
Spain,
Norway,
Slovenia,
Bulgaria,
Sweden,
The Netherlands