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

- Weekly overview report of RAPEX notifications

week 7 - 2011

Corrigendum
Notifications 1702/10 and 1704/10 from report 46 have been removed from the RAPEX website following additional information on the risk.
Notification 0079/11 from the report 5 of 2011 has been modified and removed from the RAPEX website following the additional information on the risk assessment provided by the notifying authorities.

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
0126/11

United Kingdom

Category: Gas appliances

Product: Portable Gas Heaters "Royal Classic/Calor Classic/Calor Compact Portable Gas Heaters"

Brand: Royal

Name:

Type/number of model: LD 168E

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Portable gas heaters.

Country of origin: China


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Chemical

The products pose a chemical risk because the carbon monoxide produced by the heaters exceeds the levels set in the standard which can lead to Carbon Monoxide Poisoning.

The products do not comply with the European standard EN 449.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary recall from consumers.  

Ireland  

Serious risk Consumer products

2
0127/11

Cyprus

Category: Protective equipment

Product: Helmet "Penelope Pitstop"

Brand: SHUNDE MOON HELMET CO Ltd

Name:

Type/number of model: Type: MV6-5-S Bar Code: 0250730000034

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Helmet for cyclists.

Country of origin: China


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Injuries

The product poses a risk of injuries because of insufficient shock absorbing capacity. As a result the users' head (cyclists, skateboarders and roller skaters) can be injured.

The product does not comply with the Personal Protective Equipment Directive 89/686/EEC and the relevant European standard EN 1078.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary withdrawal from the market and sales ban ordered by the authorities.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

3
0128/11

United Kingdom

Category: Childcare articles and children's equipment

Product: Pushchair "Sapphire Stroller"

Brand: Unknown

Name:

Type/number of model: Catalogue number 376/5555

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Foldable pushchair

Country of origin: China


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Injuries

The product poses a risk of injuries because the bolt that holds the cross-frame together can work loose during use and as a consequence the stroller may collapse while in use. This poses a hazard to any child in the stroller at the time of failure.

9 incidents reported.

This product does not comply with the relevant European standard EN 1888

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

Ireland  

Serious risk Consumer products

4
0129/11

Romania

Category: Toys

Product: Baby doll

Brand: Baby Donna

Name:

Type/number of model: no information

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Doll with plastic head, hands and feet and a soft body, dressed in a pink outfit with small plastic ornaments applied around the neck and legs. Wrapped in a transparent plastic bag without any inscription in Romanian.

Country of origin: China


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Choking

The product poses a risk of choking because the small ornaments 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: Sales ban ordered by the authorities.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

5
0130/11

Germany

Category: Motor vehicles

Product: Passenger car "SUBARU Justy"

Brand: Suzuki

Name:

Type/number of model: Vehicle type MS, EC type-approval e6*93/81*0028*00 -01 and e6*98/14*0028*02

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: The affected vehicles were manufactured between 1997 and 2002 and have a vehicle identification number in the range: TSMMS*35S00316394 to TSMMS*35S00907700. All vehicle owners will be notified and dealers will provide information on the measure, code 201009.

Country of origin: Hungary

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Injuries

The product poses a risk of injuries because, due to possible defects in the coating of the front shock-absorber unit, the brackets holding the stub-axles in place could yield to corrosion. As this corrosion progresses, it is possible that the stub axles could work themselves loose.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary recall from consumers by the manufacturer.  

The Netherlands,
Slovenia  

Serious risk Consumer products

6
0131/11

United Kingdom

Category: Toys

Product: Magnetic Dartboard "Toys"

Brand: STC

Name:

Type/number of model: Item No. SL170

Batch number/Barcode: 506006211708

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Children's colourful, magnetic dartboard, packaged in a clear plastic bag, approx 20 cm diameter.

Country of origin: China


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Injuries

The product poses a risk of injuries because the magnets on the darts can easily detach and these fit wholly into the small parts cylinder. The magnets are too strong (maximum magnetic flux index of 436kG²mm²) and could cause fatalities if they block the respiratory or intestinal tract.

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

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

 

Serious risk Consumer products

7
0132/11

Bulgaria

Category: Food-imitating products

Product: Erasers "Apple/Capuchin Mateo"

Brand: Mikro

Name:

Type/number of model: Item 0551, bar code 6925336991737

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Children’s erasers in various colours (orange, pink, green, brown), imitating candies wrapped in paper.

Country of origin: Turkey


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Choking

The products pose a risk of choking because the imitation candies could be placed in the mouth and swallowed by children, especially small children who may confuse them with real candies.

The products do 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: Sales ban and withdrawal from the market ordered by the authorities.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

8
0133/11

Bulgaria

Category: Clothing, textiles and fashion items

Product: Children’s sweatshirt

Brand: FOX kids

Name:

Type/number of model: Item KGW10-7111 KGW10-7112

Batch number/Barcode: 834033280003

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Sweatshirt intended for children up to 7 years of age. On the front of the sweatshirt there is an inscription „FOX”. There is also a hood supplied with functional cords. The product is sold without packaging.

Country of origin: China


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

 

Serious risk Consumer products

9
0134/11

Bulgaria

Category: Clothing, textiles and fashion items

Product: Children’s bolero

Brand: CIKOBY

Name:

Type/number of model: Item 3091

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Children’s bolero, intended for children from 12 to 36 months of age. The bolero has a hood supplied with double functional cords. Composition: 100 % cotton. No packaging.

Country of origin: Turkey


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Strangulation

The product poses a risk of strangulation due to the presence of functional cords in the hood of the bolero.

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

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

 

Serious risk Consumer products

10
0135/11

Bulgaria

Category: Clothing, textiles and fashion items

Product: Children’s sleeveless jacket

Brand: Silver Sun baby

Name:

Type/number of model: Item: T/41284

Batch number/Barcode: 8 693468 412847

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Sleeveless jacket intended for children from 12 to 18 months of age. The jacket has a hood supplied with functional cords, composition: 55% cotton and 45% acrylic. No packaging.

Country of origin: Turkey


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Strangulation

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

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

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

 

Serious risk Consumer products

11
0136/11

Bulgaria

Category: Clothing, textiles and fashion items

Product: Children’s trousers

Brand: B & Q kids

Name:

Type/number of model: No: BQ-1070 Size: 12M/74

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Children’s trousers with a satin fastening cord in the waist area. Composition 93% cotton and 7% elastane according to the label. On the front there is an inscription "Doll" made out of beads. The product is sold without packaging.

Country of origin: Singapore


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Injuries

The product poses a risk of injuries because the cords in the waist area are not fixed to the garment in at least one point and the length of the free ends of the cords exceeds the permissible length.

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

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

Germany  

Serious risk Consumer products

12
0137/11

Italy

Category: Food-imitating products

Product: Gel beads for real plants "Gel beads for real plants"

Brand: Unknown

Name:

Type/number of model: Code 22071

Batch number/Barcode: 8031244044514

OECD Portal Category:

Description: The packaging is a clear plastic bag containing 15g of purplish-red hygroscopic beads, stapled to a sheet of pink and pale green card bearing an image of a plant with open green leaves in a glass bowl. At the top is the wording “Gel Perla per piante vere (gel beads for real plants)”, in green: the same wording appears on the back of the rectangular card. The instructions for use are shown in green. On the right is an image of a plant in a glass bowl and the words “15 g of product".

Country of origin: China


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Choking,
Injuries

The products pose a risk of choking and injuries because they are identical in appearance to berries such as currants, and because they expand rapidly upon contact with water, they may, if accidentally ingested, obstruct the intestine, or, if they enter the airway, impede or completely prevent the passage of air, resulting in respiratory distress and/or asphyxia.

The products do 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.

Similar hygroscopic beads sold as toys have been mistaken for sweets.

Compulsory measures: Seizure ordered by the authorities.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

13
0138/11

United Kingdom

Category: Other (Vehicle related component part)

Product: Replacement windscreen clips

Brand: Belron

Name:

Type/number of model: 7261AKCC1F

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Replacement windscreen clips for Renault Megane Cabriolet V2 vehicles manufactured between October 2003 and July 2005 (the "Affected Vehicles")

Country of origin: Spain


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Injuries

The product poses a risk of injuries because the outer trims on the left and right sides of the windscreen may detach from the car body when driven at high speed. The clips used to attach the trim to the car body are not sufficiently strong to hold the trim securely in position. In some cases, the trim may become detached and swing back, breaking the glass roof, and/or side window and/or rear window.

7 incidents reported.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary recall and corrective action taken by the manufacturer.  

Ireland,
Greece,
Denmark,
Slovenia,
Portugal,
Poland,
Malta,
Sweden,
The Netherlands  

Serious risk Consumer products

14
0139/11

France

Category: Toys

Product: Soft toy

Brand: CHRISTMAS HOUSE ORNAMENT

Name:

Type/number of model: ART No 778087 Code: 130

Batch number/Barcode: 0756770779195 SUPPLIER: F 0007675 BOTANIC INTERNAL REF: 491936

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Bear for hanging on Christmas tree

Country of origin: China


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Choking

The product poses a risk of choking because it contains small parts (with sharp points) that 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.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

15
0140/11

France

Category: Toys

Product: Soft toy

Brand: Unknown

Name:

Type/number of model: ART No 46144099 L2804

Batch number/Barcode: 541400627158 Botanic Internal

Ref.: 315830

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Bear for hanging on Christmas tree.

Country of origin: China


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Choking

The product poses a risk of choking because of the presence of small parts which can be easily detached and might be ingested or inhaled.

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

Voluntary measures: Voluntary withdrawal from the market.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

16
0141/11

Bulgaria

Category: Clothing, textiles and fashion items

Product: Children’s outfit

Brand: Alex

Name:

Type/number of model: Unknown

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Children's outfit – a dress with a waistcoat intended for children from 1 to 2 years of age. The waistcoat has a satin cord around the neck and is not attached to the dress. There is a label with some information in Bulgarian including the name of the town of Varna, the composition: 100% cotton and treatment symbols. There is no textile label attached to the set. The sets are sold without packaging.

Country of origin: Bulgaria


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Strangulation

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

The product does 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

17
0142/11

Cyprus

Category: Childcare articles and children's equipment

Product: Babywalker

Brand: Baby Star

Name:

Type/number of model: Model: 6002

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Green and blue plastic babywalker with a textile seat and metal foldable frame. The babywalker is also equipped with some toys attached to the plastic tray. There is a label attached with some instructions and warnings.

Country of origin: Greece


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Injuries

The product poses a risk of injuries due to the absence of a braking device which could prevent a downstairs fall.

The baby walker does not comply with the European standard EN 1273.

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

 

Serious risk Consumer products

18
0143/11

Cyprus

Category: Childcare articles and children's equipment

Product: Babywalker

Brand: TCV Industrial Co Ltd

Name:

Type/number of model: Model: 418

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Babywalker for babies up to 25 lbs. The babywalker is plastic with a textile seat and metal foldable frame. The babywalker is equipped with some toys attached to the plastic tray. There is a label attached with some instructions, warnings, as well as the country of origin.

Country of origin: Taiwan


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Injuries

The product poses a risk of injuries due to the absence of a braking device which could prevent a downstairs fall.

The baby walker does not comply with the European standard EN 1273.

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

 

Serious risk Consumer products

19
0144/11

Cyprus

Category: Childcare articles and children's equipment

Product: Babywalker

Brand: Junior’s

Name:

Type/number of model: Model: J-1020

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Multicoloured plastic babywalker with a textile seat and metal foldable frame. The babywalker is also equipped with some toys attached to the plastic tray. There is a label attached with some instructions and warnings.

Country of origin: China


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Injuries

The product poses a risk of injuries due to the absence of a braking device which could prevent a downstairs fall.

The baby walker does not comply with the European standard EN 1273.

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

Greece  

Serious risk Consumer products

20
0145/11

Cyprus

Category: Childcare articles and children's equipment

Product: Babywalker

Brand: Farlin Baby Walker

Name:

Type/number of model: Model: BF-876

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Plastic babywalker for children up to 25 lbs, with a textile seat and metal foldable frame. On the plastic tray there are some toys. There is a label attached with some instructions, warnings, as well as the country of origin.

Country of origin: Taiwan


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Injuries

The product poses a risk of injuries due to the absence of a braking device which could prevent a downstairs fall.

The baby walker does not comply with the European standard EN 1273.

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

 

Serious risk Consumer products

21
0146/11

Cyprus

Category: Childcare articles and children's equipment

Product: Babywalker "Spaceship"

Brand: Baby Star

Name:

Type/number of model: Model: 6000

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Multicoloured plastic baby walker with a textile seat and metal foldable frame. There is a label attached with some instructions and warnings.

Country of origin: Greece


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Injuries

The product poses a risk of injuries due to the absence of a braking device which could prevent a downstairs fall.

The baby walker does not comply with the European standard EN 1273.

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

 

Serious risk Consumer products

22
0147/11

Cyprus

Category: Childcare articles and children's equipment

Product: Babywalker

Brand: Kennel – Baby Walker Rocky

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode: 4135191342168

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Multicoloured plastic babywalker with a textile seat and metal foldable frame. Some toys are attached to the the tray of the babywalker. There is a label attached with some warnings.

Country of origin: China


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Injuries

The product poses a risk of injuries due to the absence of a braking device which could prevent a downstairs fall.

The baby walker does not comply with the European standard EN 1273.

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

 

Serious risk Consumer products

23
0148/11

Cyprus

Category: Hobby/sports equipment

Product: Armbands "Green Monster Arm-Ring"

Brand: Sun & Fun

Name:

Type/number of model:

Batch number/Barcode: 4892938369054

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Armbands 25 x18 cm in the form of a green monster, packed in a white bag. On the bag there is a photo of a girl wearing the armbands, instructions in English and the trademark of the product.

Country of origin: China


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Drowning

The product poses a risk of drowning because, in the event of accidental opening of the stopper of the inflation valve, the armband immediately deflates. It is not fitted with a non-return valves to ensure that the inflatable device retains at least 75 % of its original buoyancy after the stopper is open for a period of 2 minutes.

The product does not comply with the relevant European standard EN 13138.

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

 

Serious risk Consumer products

24
0149/11

The Netherlands

Category: Toys

Product: Inflatable guitar

Brand: Unknown

Name:

Type/number of model: Art. nr 53220023, code 4029069704304

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Inflatable guitar with CE mark. Not suitable for children under 3 years. Choking hazard - Small parts.

Country of origin: China


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because the plasticized material contains 27.1% by weight of di-"isononyl" phthalate (DINP) in the pink guitar, 23.9% in the green guitar and 0.45% in the valve.

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

Compulsory measures: Stop of sales ordered by the authorities.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

25
0150/11

Romania

Category: Electrical appliances

Product: Automatic kettle

Brand: YONG HENG

Name:

Type/number of model: GB 04706.1-1998 Bar code 6949579000056

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: The kettle is made of stainless steel, 10.5 cm diameter and height of 8.5 cm. At the bottom of the kettle there is a black plastic support for positioning. This support contains the heating elements which are separated from the plastic support by a circular metal piece. The kettle is fixed on the plastic support by a connecting nut 10mm in diameter. The power cord is inserted into the bottom of plastic support. The product is packaged in a white cardboard box.

Country of origin: China


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Electric shock

The product poses a risk of electric shock and fire due to:

- incorrect wiring insulation;

- the power cable presents a zone of clearance in the plastic support which can lead to cutting / breaking and therefore causing a short-circuit;

- the small cable inside the plastic cover is not fixed firmly in place;

- the welding with the power cord has been made on a small surface.

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

Compulsory measures: Sales ban ordered by the authorities.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

26
0151/11

The Netherlands

Category: Toys

Product: Juggling balls

Brand: Funny toys

Name:

Type/number of model: Art.nr 10868/101686, code 4002422016146

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: 3 coloured, soft-filled juggling balls with animal figures. CE mark. Not for children under the age of 3 because of small parts which might be swallowed. Danger of suffocation.

Country of origin: China


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains 0.59% by weight of 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 when the toy or the childcare article can be placed in the mouth by children.

Compulsory measures: Sales ban ordered by the authorities.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

27
0152/11

The Netherlands

Category: Chemical products

Product: Glue "Super Glue"

Brand: Handy

Name:

Type/number of model: Art. Nr. 07.13519 Bar code 8716201223323

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: 4 tubes in plastic on a cardboard

Country of origin: China


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains more than 11.9% by weight of chloroform.

Substances and preparations containing more than 0.1% by weight of chloroform shall not be placed on the market for sale to the general public according to the REACH Regulation.

Compulsory measures: Sales ban ordered by the authorities.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

28
0153/11

Hungary

Category: Hobby/sports equipment

Product: Lead casting set

Brand: WECO

Name:

Type/number of model: 782800-108

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Lead casting set packed in a transparent, plastic covered, flat box, containing 12 lead moulding figures and a melting spoon. A label is attached underneath bearing the following precautionary inscriptions written in 7 languages: "Lead casting. Not to be given to children under 14 years of age. Swallowing is harmful to health. Dirty objects and surfaces have to be cleaned thoroughly. Keep away from food, utensils, drinks and animal feed. Contains 87% of metallic lead. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT YOU OBSERVE THE INSTRUCTIONS INSIDE (BELOW THE CONTENT)!”

Country of origin: Germany


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Chemical,
Burns

The product poses a chemical risk because according to the label the casting figures contain 87% lead. The product also poses a risk of burns during use.

Compulsory measures: Sales ban ordered by the authorities.