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

RAPEX - Weekly overview report of notifications

week 47 - 2010

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
1731/10

Germany

Category: Clothing, textiles and fashion items

Product: Scarf - Ahmaddy Seiden-Schal-Samt (Ahmaddy silk scarf)

Brand: Ahmaddy

Name:

Type/number of model: Ahmaddy,

P-104-8

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Violet/green/brown silk scarf, 200 cm long and 40 cm wide, with ruched piping around the edges.

Country of origin: India


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because the scarf’s green weaving thread releases 130 mg/kg of the carcinogenic amine benzidine.

The product does not comply with the REACH Regulation.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary recall from consumers by the importer.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

2
1732/10

Germany

Category: Cosmetics

Product: Natural henna set - Dogul Kina Seti

Brand: Gökçehan

Name:

Type/number of model: 2122/10, black, date of minimum durability: 31.12.2010

(handwritten on separate label).

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Green powder, black powder and mixture of dried plant parts in cellophane bags inside a printed box.

Country of origin: Turkey


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because the black powder contains 29.9% p-Phenylenediamine (maximum permissible amount: 6%). Because of its p-phenylenediamine content, the product can, in the form in which it is prepared and under the proposed conditions of use (without an oxidising agent), cause sensitisation (allergisation).

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

Voluntary measures: Voluntary recall from consumers by the importer.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

3
1733/10

Italy

Category: Clothing, textiles and fashion items

Product: Children's suits

Brand: Yong Da

Name:

Type/number of model: Article codes: QX22/Q006/QX23

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: See attached document.

Country of origin: Unknown


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Chemical

The products pose a chemical risk because it contains Hexavalent Chromium, in concentrations varying from 1.6 to 14.1 mg/kg. Given that Oeko Tex Standard 100 states that, to ensure optimum quality, total chromium content should be less than 1 mg/kg for children’s clothing and less than 2 mg/kg for all other clothing, regardless of whether it is in contact with the skin, and that Chromium VI should actually be below the detection threshold, we feel a limit of 5 mg/kg of Chromium VI is a practical threshold beyond which there is a serious risk of allergic contact dermatitis. In support of this, there are clinical studies which indicate that, for leather goods, 50% of sensitive subjects experienced contact dermatitis at this level. By analogy, and given that these articles will be in direct contact with the skin for possibly an entire working day, we believe that they pose a serious risk of allergy to consumers.

Compulsory measures: Seizure of the products ordered by the authorities.  

Bulgaria  

Serious risk Consumer products

4
1734/10

Germany

Category: Lighting equipment

Product: LED tube - LED Tubes

Brand: Omnilux

Name:

Type/number of model: Omnilux G-13, EAN 4026397305197. The following types of LED tubes are affected with item numbers: 92001340/92001341/92001350/92001351/ 92001352/

92001353/92001354/92001355/92001358/ 92001360/

92001361/92001362/92001363/92001364/ 92001365/

92001368/92001380 and 92001381

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: LED tube compatible with double-ended T8 fluorescent lamps (G13 socket).

Country of origin: China


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Electric shock

The product poses a risk of electric shock due to accessible live parts when fitting or removing the LED tube into or from the lamp: if the LED tube is inserted when the lamp is switched on and the user comes into contact with the metal pins on one end of the socket when the other end has already been inserted, the pins may become live and cause a fatal electric shock.

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

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

 

Serious risk Consumer products

5
1735/10

Germany

Category: Clothing, textiles and fashion items

Product:

Brand: ory: Clothing, textiles and fashion items

Product: Bed linen - Glanzsatin

Brand : Unknown

Name:

Type/number of model: Article No: 32784001, EAN code: 5704659018724

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Set of satin bed linen, comprising a pillow cover (approximately 80 x 80 cm) and a quilt cover (approximately 135 x 200 cm); shiny blue textile material; transparent buttons on pillow cover and quilt cover.

Country of origin: China


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because the blue textile material from which the bed linen is made releases 76 mg/kg of the carcinogenic amine 4-aminoazobenzene.

The product does not comply with the REACH Regulation.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary stop of sales.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

6
1736/10

Spain

Category: Motor vehicles

Product: Electric passenger vehicle - City

Brand: Think

Name:

Type/number of model: VINs of the affected vehicles are in the range from YYCFT26B37J004001 to YYCFT26B4AU005454.

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Electric passenger car.

Country of origin: Norway

No pictures are available

Injuries

The product poses a risk of injuries because the water tightness of the brake vacuum pump may become reduced, allowing water to seep in when the cars are washed and potentially resulting in a loss of braking power and a risk of accident.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary corrective actions taken by the manufacturer.  

Denmark,
Sweden,
The Netherlands  

Serious risk Consumer products

7
1737/10

Sweden

Category: Motor vehicles

Product: Passenger car - 9-5

Brand: Saab

Name:

Type/number of model: Saab 9-5 Sedan. MY 2011. VINs of the affected vehicles: YS3GP4ML9B4000587-YS3GP4AZ8B4002579

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Passenger car

Country of origin: Sweden

No pictures are available

Injuries

The product poses a risk of injuries because, in the event of an accident and airbag deployment, the steering wheel airbag module may detach from the steering wheel.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary corrective actions taken by the manufacturer.  

Denmark,
Greece,
Hungary,
Lithuania,
The Netherlands,
United Kingdom  

Serious risk Consumer products

8
1738/10

Sweden

Category: Motor vehicles

Product: Passenger car - 9-3

Brand: Saab

Name:

Type/number of model: Saab 9-3 Cabriolet. MY 2010. VINs of the affected vehicles: YS3FH76Y8A6000005-YS3FF76W9A6000194

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Passenger car

Country of origin: Sweden

No pictures are available

Injuries

The product poses a risk of injuries because the right-hand side, front seat recliner may fail, with the result that the user cannot move the backrest into the locking position after it has been tilted forward. If this happens and the vehicle is involved in a crash, the seatbelt which is integrated into the seat structure will not restrain the occupant as designed.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary corrective actions taken by the manufacturer.  

Denmark,
Greece,
United Kingdom  

Serious risk Consumer products

9
1739/10

Lithuania

Category: Toys

Product: Toy with sweets - Toys Candy

Brand: King Ant

Name:

Type/number of model: 918

Batch number/Barcode: 6914204001142

OECD Portal Category:

Description: A toy ant containing sweets, packed in a cardboard and plastic box containing six pieces; the individual units are not packed.

Country of origin: China


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Choking,
Injuries

The product poses a risk of:

- choking, because the ant's horns, wheels, wind-up key and ant's head are small parts which can easily detach from the toy,

- injuries, because the toy can easily break, exposing the metal axles of wheels. There is also a risk of finger entrapment.

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

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

 

Serious risk Consumer products

10
1740/10

Denmark

Category: Toys

Product: Squeeze toy - Sophie Giraf / Sophie la girafe

Brand: Vulli

Name:

Type/number of model: Small, ref. 616324

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Squeeze toy made of natural rubber in the shape of a giraffe. The toy is white with brown spots. It makes a squeaky sound when squeezed. The approximate dimensions of the giraffe are 180 mm x 100 mm x 50 mm. The weight of the giraffe is approximately 54 to 60 g.

Country of origin: France


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Choking

The product poses a risk of choking because the dimensions of the legs mean that they could get stuck in the mouth of children unable to sit up unaided.

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

Voluntary measures: Voluntary stop of sales by the importer.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

11
1741/10

Spain

Category: Electrical appliances and equipment

Product: Extension lead - Enrollacables

Brand: MercaTools

Name:

Type/number of model: MT 34005

Batch number/Barcode: 8430570340053

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Red cable reel, cable 5 metres in length. Description of packaging: cardboard box.

Country of origin: China


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Electric shock,
Fire

The product poses a risk of electric shock because the cable is linked to the base via connections welded to other leads starting at the base, which are not fixed connections and are covered by an insulator which moves easily. Furthermore, the thickness of the cable, namely 0.95 mm², is below the required minimum of 1.50mm², thus causing a risk of overheating.

The product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive (LVD) and the relevant European standard EN 61242.

Compulsory measures: Import rejected by the customs authorities.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

12
1742/10

United Kingdom

Category: Protective equipment

Product: Camming device - Dragon Cam 6

Brand: DMM

Name:

Type/number of model: Size 6. Product Code A7056A. There are 604 units in the market that could be affected, made between 28 April and 30 June 2010. The serial number is located on the back edge of one of the two centre cam lobes. See attached list of serial numbers

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: A spring-loaded camming device for rock climbing protection. Colour – silver/grey. Product attached to card together with instructions.

Country of origin: United Kingdom


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Injuries

The product poses a risk of injuries because it could fail below its rated strength due to a structural defect in a raw material that is uniquely used to make a single component (namely the axle boss) in the product. The component made out of this defective material can develop cracks which propagate with time.

The product does not comply with the

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Directive.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary recall from consumers by the manufacturer.  

Norway,
Sweden,
Greece,
Austria,
Finland  

Serious risk Consumer products

13
1743/10

Greece

Category: Motor vehicles

Product: Motorcycle - PCX125

Brand: Honda

Name:

Type/number of model: WW125EX2A, model code JF28

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: The recall concerns certain 2010 model year units, with VINs in the range: MLHJF28A*A5000007 - MLHJF28A*A5012777

Country of origin: Thailand

No pictures are available

Fire

The product poses a risk of fire because an acidic mixture of battery electrolyte and water may drip from the drain hole of the battery box on to the top of the fuel pump, leading to cracks around the fuel pump hose connector area. As result, fuel will leak from the fuel pump while starting or riding the vehicle.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary corrective actions taken by the manufacturer.  

Germany,
The Netherlands,
Ireland,
Slovenia,
Finland,
Hungary,
Portugal  

Serious risk Consumer products

15
1745/10

Italy

Category: Clothing, textiles and fashion items

Product: Children’s dresses

Brand: Yong Da

Name:

Type/number of model: Articles Nos 1262; 5905; G617; 7804; 517; 22244; 1261; S198; 5199; XR0472; 5801

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: See attached document.

Country of origin: Unknown


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Chemical

The products pose a chemical risk because they contain hexavalent chromium, in concentrations varying from 0.6 to 5 mg/kg. Oeko Tex Standard 100 states that, to ensure optimum quality, total chromium content should be less than 1 mg/kg for children’s clothing and less than 2 mg/kg for all other clothing, regardless of whether it is in contact with the skin. According to the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR; 2007), chromium VI should actually be below the detection limit due to the substance’s cutaneous sensitisation properties, i.e. its ability to cause allergic reactions such as contact dermatitis. Taking into account that the target population is children who have a tendency to suck on their clothing and that the chromium VI content is above established limit values, we consider that exposure may occur not only via the cutaneous route, but also by the oral and inhalatory route and that the products therefore pose a chemical risk.

Compulsory measures: Seizure of the products ordered by the authorities.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

16
1746/10

Germany

Category: Hobby/sports equipment

Product: Electric bicycles - Electra, E-Bike, E-Swing

Brand: Pegasus

Name:

Type/number of model:

Electra 1,

Electra 2,

E-Bike LI-TEC 1,

E-Bike 1,

E-Bike 2,

E-Swing (with 28-inch wheels).

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: The affected electric bicycles were manufactured in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Country of origin: Vietnam


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Injuries

The products pose a risk of injuries because the main tube of the bicycle frame can break causing the rider to fall.

Accidents involving injury to persons/damage to property have been reported.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary recall from consumers by the manufacturer.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

17
1747/10

Germany

Category: Machinery

Product: Chainsaws - Chain Saw

Brand: Kraftwelle, Powerhaus

Name:

Type/number of model: Kraftwelle KW 6500 s, Powerhaus KW 6500, Powerhaus PN 5200

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Petrol chainsaws, orange/red, light beige, 52 cm, with gas interlock and throttle lock.

Country of origin: China


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Injuries

The products pose a risk of injuries because the safety throttle is defective and because the hand guards can break.

The products do not comply with the Machinery Directive and with the relevant European standard EN 11681.

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

 

Serious risk Consumer products

18
1748/10

Portugal

Category: Motor vehicles

Product: Passenger car - XC60

Brand: Volvo.

Name:

Type/number of model: Unknown

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Passenger car. Model years: 2009-2011. See attached list of VIN numbers

Country of origin: Sweden

No pictures are available

Injuries

The inflatable curtain airbags (IC) may not have been correctly mounted and, in the case of an accident the inflatable airbags may not deploy as intended.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary corrective actions taken by the manufacturer.  

Denmark,
Finland,
Greece,
Bulgaria,
Sweden,
The Netherlands  

Serious risk Consumer products

19
1749/10

Cyprus

Category: Toys

Product: Plastic rattles - Baby Toys

Brand: Yi Top

Name:

Type/number of model: Bar Code 5291410052924 Model YT28-518

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Set of five different multicoloured plastic rattles. Packaging: cardboard box with transparent plastic window. Instructions, information and warnings are on the packaging.

Country of origin: China


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Choking

The product poses a risk of choking because small parts can be easily detached and swallowed.

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

20
1750/10

Cyprus

Category: Toys

Product: Key rings

Brand: Unknown

Name:

Type/number of model:

1. Key ring with soft toy (bear): Barcode 0253238000032, Model: KC1152

2. Key ring with soft toy (cow): Barcode 0253242000035, Model: KC1155

3. Key ring with soft toy (giraffe): Barcode 0253242000037, Model: KC1154

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Key rings with soft toy in the form of a bear, cow and giraffe.

Country of origin: China


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Choking

The product poses a risk of choking because small parts can be easily detached and swallowed.

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

21
1751/10

Cyprus

Category: Toys

Product: Plastic toy camera - Little Photographer

Brand: Easy and Fun

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode: 8013512948786 Model: 6806

OECD Portal Category:

Description: The toy is in multicoloured cardboard packaging. On the cardboard the following inscriptions are written: - The age restriction - “CE mark” - Made in China - Warning “Choking Hazard Small Parts. Not for children under 3 years.

Country of origin: China


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Choking

The product poses a risk of choking because small parts can be easily detached and swallowed.

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

22
1752/10

Cyprus

Category: Toys

Product: Police Set

Brand: Crime Fighter

Name:

Type/number of model: FE060125

Batch number/Barcode: 5867944000535

OECD Portal Category:

Description: The set consists of a small black gun, 4 darts made of non-flexible plastic, coloured black, ended with red, semi-transparent suction cups, a pair of plastic black goggles, a black plastic hand grenade, a small black plastic dog, a pair of plastic grey handcuffs, a plastic target. Packaging cardboard box with transparent plastic window. On the cardboard the following inscriptions are written:

- The age restriction (Not for children under 3 month)

- “CE mark”

- Made in China

- Warning “Choking Hazard Small Parts. Not for children under 3 years old.

Country of origin: China


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Suffocation,
Injuries

The product poses a risk of injuries and asphyxiation because the suction cups of the projectiles are easily detached.

Injuries could be caused if the projectiles are fired without the suction cups. Asphyxiation could be caused if the suction cups detach in the mouth of a child.

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

23
1753/10

Finland

Category: Protective equipment

Product: Reflectors - Reflector

Brand: Spen

Name:

Type/number of model:

1. Spen horse head reflector, Bar Code: 6426600043041,

2. Spen reflective stickers, Bar code: 6426600043027

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description:

1. Spen horse head reflector: Free hanging horse head reflector.

2. Spen reflective stickers: Reflective stickers in the form of a ghost and small and big faces.

Country of origin: China


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Injuries

The products pose a risk of injuries because the visibility of the reflectors is not sufficient. The results for retro-reflection are so low (lower than values for type 1 or 2), that they cannot be regarded as safe visibility accessories.

The products do not comply with the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Directive and the relevant European standard EN 13356.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary recall from consumers.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

24
1754/10

United Kingdom

Category: Cosmetics

Product: Dental Whitening System

Brand: Smilebryte

Name:

Type/number of model: Unknown

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Syringe of clear gel in plastic bag

Country of origin: United States


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains 9.9% of released hydrogen peroxide. This exceeds the 0.1% level permitted in the Cosmetic Products (safety) Regs 2008 (Directive) and is above the level of 6% considered by the SCCF to be the maximum permitted to be used by consumers.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary stop of sales.