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

- Weekly overview report of RAPEX notifications

week 17 - 2011

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
0371/11

Germany

Category: Motor vehicles

Product: Passenger car Galaxy, S-MAX, Mondeo

Brand: Ford

Name:

Type/number of model: Vehicles manufactured between 25.03.2010 and 27.12.2010.

Galaxy and S-MAX: type approval No e13*2001/116*0185*11.

Mondeo: type approval No e13*2001/116*0249*11.

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Passenger car

Country of origin: Belgium,
Russian Federation

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Injuries

The product poses a risk of injuries because a number of vehicles may be affected by software errors affecting the Body Control Module which could cause various electrical malfunctions, including headlamps and indicators flashing unintentionally and/or headlamps switching off.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary corrective action taken by the manufacturer.  

Greece,
Slovenia,
Poland,
Bulgaria,
Denmark,
Hungary,
Norway,
The Netherlands,
United Kingdom  

Serious risk Consumer products

2
0372/11

Italy

Category: Hand tools

Product: Laser level Level Pro3 Laser

Brand: Fixit

Name:

Type/number of model: item No 830281;

Batch number/Barcode: 8597621830281

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Laser level with retractable measuring tape approximately 20 cm long, grey with metallic trim and a ruler along both lower edges. Product has warning labels in English including the mention “Class III A”. The packaging consists of a sheet of red and yellow cardboard enclosed in clear plastic.

Country of origin: China


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Damage to sight

The product poses a risk of damage to sight because, according to the information on the product, it contains a Class 3 laser.

Compulsory measures: Products seized by the authorities.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

3
0373/11

Italy

Category: Toys

Product: Soap Bubbles

Brand: Unknown

Name:

Type/number of model: ICA 749194 Blister packaging

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Blister packaging measuring 45 x 7 x 3 cm. The article is a container of soap solution, made of green plastic and elongated to resemble a sword, in packaging of cardboard and plastic. The packaging is 45 cm long, the sword 37 cm and the handle - made of opaque hard plastic - 12 cm. Inside the container is the bubble wand, with a compressed and elongated hoop through which users can blow giant bubbles. The small label on the package bears the following wording: "I-Sabre à Bulles de Savon Sous Blister" (soap bubble sword in blister packaging) Distributed by SNC OIA 200 Rue de La recherche BP 169 59650 Villenevue D’ASCQ – France

Country of origin: China


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Microbiological

The product poses a risk of microbial infection because it contains 4.4 x104 CFU/g of aerobic micro organisms and, in particular, 2 x 104 CFU/g of coliforms.

Compulsory measures: Import rejected by the customs authorities.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

4
0374/11

Germany

Category: Cosmetics

Product: Henna Hair Dye Black Henna

Brand: Black Rose

Name:

Type/number of model: Not indicated

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Hair dye; appearance: fine, dark green/brown powder; Packaging: individually packed aluminium bag in an outer box that reads, in addition, to the name and brand: "Kali Mehandi", "Herbal based" and "10 g".

Country of origin: India


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Chemical

The product poses a risk because it contains 3% by weight of p-phenylenediamine in the ready-to-use preparation.

The product does not comply with the Cosmetics Directive.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary withdrawal by the wholesaler.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

5
0375/11

Belgium

Category: Childcare articles and children's equipment

Product: Baby walker Trotteur

Brand: Bambino

Name:

Type/number of model: K-006 EAN: 8717333419530

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Baby walker with grey plastic frame and blue fabric seat. Includes detachable toy elements. Sold in a white box bearing the brand and name of the product as the CE marking and a number of warning labels.

Country of origin: Taiwan


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Choking

The product poses a risk as the detachable toy in the shape of a bee may break and release small parts that pose a risk of choking.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary recall from consumers by the manufacturer.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

6
0376/11

Italy

Category: Toys

Product: Toy pen with soap bubbles 4 in 1

Brand: International Novelties

Name:

Type/number of model: Code 8034025132516

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Multi-function toy that can be used as a pen, soap bubble toy or a stamp; sold. Sold individually but presented for sale in packs of 24 units. These multi-The packs are consist of a blue cardboard box with pictures of fairies on the outside and printed with the words “4 in 1, Bubble, pen, stamps, 'it’s self inking'". The individual pens are clear in the middle, containing soap bubble solution with and a ring through which the bubbles are blown, and . They are coloured at the top and bottom; there is a red stamp at the top. Available in six different colours: violet, blue, bright green, fuchsia, yellow and red.

Country of origin: China


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Microbiological

The product poses a risk of microbial infection because it contains more than 3 x 105 CFU/g of aerobic micro organisms.

Compulsory measures: Import rejected by the customs authorities.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

7
0378/11

Hungary

Category: Lighting equipment

Product: Table lamp Sókristály lámpa gömb

Brand: Mentavill

Name:

Type/number of model: Bar code: 5998282108635; Type: MV-SCG1

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Sphere-shaped salt crystal lamp. The lamp holder can be inserted into the salt lamp shade. A lamp is attached (15W, E14-capped).

Packaging: Cardboard box

Country of origin: Pakistan


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Electric shock

The product poses a risk of electric shock since when moving the luminaire the lamp holder with the lamp can fall out and the lampshade can break, resulting in live parts being accessible.

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

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

 

Serious risk Consumer products

8
0379/11

United Kingdom

Category: Electrical appliances and equipment

Product: Electric fan heater "Flat Fan Heater"

Brand: Argos and Homebase

Name:

Type/number of model: Argos catalogue numbers 515/2583 & 415/0190. Homebase article number 458193.

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Electric fan heater

Country of origin: China


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Fire

The product poses a risk of fire because dust collecting on the heater element can prevent air flow through the element and cause overheating. This overheating is far enough away from the thermal cut outs that they do not operate, however the temperature rise in the immediate vicinity is sufficient to cause the plastic casing to melt.

46 incidents reported.

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

Ireland  

Serious risk Consumer products

9
0380/11

France

Category: Toys

Product: Baby's fancy-dress costume "Fairy fatina"

Brand: WIDMANN

Name:

Type/number of model: Product ref. 8591F CB 8 003558 859108

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Pink fairy costume for babies with bib and hood

Country of origin: China


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Burns

The product poses a risk of burns because the white net fabric may catch fire and stay burning.

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

Voluntary measures: Voluntary withdrawal from the market.  

Slovenia  

Serious risk Consumer products

10
0381/11

United Kingdom

Category: Electrical appliances and equipment

Product: Mobile phone charger "Travel Charger"

Brand: Mr Phone

Name:

Type/number of model: Batch Code: ST-099A17

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Black enclosure, with round ballpoint size LED on the back. Supplied in white and green generic “Cellular” box. Cellular is written in navy blue.

Country of origin: China


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Electric shock

The product poses a risk of electric shock because the internal connections rely upon solder to maintain their position and a loose wire could reduce creepage distances and clearances.

The product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive (LVD) and the relevant national standard BS1363.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary surrender of seized products and withdrawal from the market. Seizure of products by the authorities.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

11
0382/11

Estonia

Category: Clothing, textiles and fashion items

Product: Shoes "Woman`s Shoes MIZIA"

Brand: MIZIA

Name:

Type/number of model: Code nr 79-9253; EAN: 5908279586766; size 37

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Women's summer shoes, made of beige-coloured leather. Inside the shoe is the inscription “MIZIA®”, the number of the article and the size.

Country of origin: China


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Chemical

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains more than 1.32 mg/kg of dimethylfumarate (DMF).

Dimethylfumarate is a substance which is strongly sensitising on contact with the skin, and consumer products containing dimethylfumarate are banned according to Commission Decision 2009/251/EC.

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

 

Serious risk Consumer products

12
0383/11

Spain

Category: Electrical appliances and equipment

Product: Mains adaptor

Brand: Toyo

Name:

Type/number of model: TY-611B and TY-3E(1)

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: These are multi-way adaptors, white in colour. Description of packaging: Blister packaging bearing the brand name and model number.

Country of origin: China


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Electric shock

The products pose a risk of electric shock because the sockets are not recessed and consequently one of the pins of a plug engaged in a socket may still be accessible when the plug is live.

The product does not comply with the relevant national standard UNE 20315-1-1.

Compulsory measures: Import rejected by the customs authorities.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

13
0384/11

United Kingdom

Category: Lighting equipment

Product: Night light 4" Nightlight “Giverney”

Brand: Benaya

Name:

Type/number of model: Model: A-7107

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Plug-in night light with ceramic shade

Country of origin: United States


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Electric shock

The product poses a risk of electric shock because:

- the lamp and the cover can be removed whilst the nightlight is inserted into a socket outlet;

- the insulation is inadequate as the creepage distances between live parts and the external enclosure is not sufficient;

- there is no provision for a fuse, required to provide the nightlight with overcurrent protection.

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

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

 

Serious risk Consumer products

14
0385/11

United Kingdom

Category: Electrical appliances and equipment

Product: Pancake maker

Brand: Delta

Name:

Type/number of model: Model TXW-9816; Barcode 25184662; 2011 batch affected only

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Double pancake maker in cardboard box.

Country of origin: China


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Burns

The product poses a risk of burns because it can overheat causing the handles to become hot and the plastic to melt.

Some incidents of burns to the hands reported.

The product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive (LVD).

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

Ireland