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

- Weekly overview report of RAPEX notifications

week 1 - 2012

Corrigendum
Notifications 0019/12, 0021/12 and 0022/12 from week 1 of 2012 have been permanently withdrawn from the RAPEX application and from the RAPEX website following a revised risk assessment

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
0001/12

France

Category: Toys

Product: Soft toy "Homer", "The Simpsons" collection

Brand: United Labels

Name:

Type/number of model: REF 0803760 EAN 8 423 599 037 608

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Soft toy in the shape of Homer, one of the characters from the series "The Simpsons".

Country of origin: China


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Choking

The product poses a risk of choking because the seam is loose and allows access to the stuffing and to a bag of plastic balls. The bag itself cannot be completely removed via the seam. However, it releases the little plastic balls, which can be ingested or inhaled.

The product does not comply with the Toy Safety Directive and with the relevant European standard EN 71-1.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary stop of sales, withdrawal from the market and recall from consumers.  

Luxembourg,
Latvia,
Ireland  

Serious risk Consumer products

2
0002/12

Germany

Category: Other

Product: Liquid for e-cigarettes

1. Turkish Tobacco Med

2. Strawberry Low

Brand: Esco Technology

Name:

Type/number of model: Unknown

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: 2 plastic dropper bottles with plastic screw caps and printed labels. The label of the "Strawberry Low" sample has a picture of fruits. Brown liquid. Contents of package: 10 ml.

Country of origin: China


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Chemical

Because of its presentation (i.e. a label depicting fruits), the "Strawberry Low" sample is considered to be a harmful product that can be mistaken for a foodstuff. In the same way, since the "Turkish Tobacco Med" sample is to be stored in a household refrigerator along with food, it cannot be ruled out that it will be mistaken for a foodstuff and harm the health of consumers. Similarly, it cannot be stated with certainty that children will not ingest the product. The "Strawberry Low" sample had a nicotine yield of 9.3 g/kg. In the "Turkish Tobacco Med" sample, a nicotine yield of 4.8 g/kg was determined. In Opinion No 013/2008 of 5 January 2008, the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) determined that the ingestion of only around 5 mg of nicotine per kilogram of body weight can cause death. Under § 5(2)(2) LFGB, it is prohibited to manufacture for others, to process or to place on the market products that can be mistaken for food.

Compulsory measures: Imports rejected by the customs authorities.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

3
0003/12

Sweden

Category: Childcare articles and children's equipment

Product: Children's high chair "Antilop"

Brand: Ikea

Name:

Type/number of model: Supplier code 17389 only

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: The affected product is ANTILOP children’s high chair with detachable legs. ANTILOP high chair is available in white, red and blue and in three variants depending on the market where sold. This recall for repair concerns the high chair belt supplied with the high chair only. Only production dates 0607-0911 (YYMM) from supplier # 17389 are included in this recall for repair of belt. Identifying marks: The brand name ANTILOP and IKEA and model number are printed on a label attached to the underside of the seat. The production date and supplier number (17389) are molded into the underside of the seat. No other model of ANTIOLP highchair is affected by this recall for repair of belt.

Country of origin: China


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Injuries

The high chair buckle can open unexpectedly, creating a fall hazard.

Three incidents reported.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary corrective action  

Austria,
Portugal  

Serious risk Consumer products

4
0004/12

Spain

Category: Other

Product: Sky lantern "Flying Lanterns"

Brand: Sky Lanters

Name:

Type/number of model: Reference: 10343

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Square-shaped flying lanterns in a transparent plastic bag with information given in English.

Country of origin: United Kingdom


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Burns,
Injuries

The product poses a risk of burns and fire because, after launching, the lanterns fly in the air without control. It is then very difficult or impossible to avoid the lanterns coming into contact with flammable material, e.g. dry vegetation or buildings.

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

 

Serious risk Consumer products

5
0005/12

Spain

Category: Motor vehicles

Product: Passenger car Leon and Altea

Brand: SEAT

Name:

Type/number of model: 2.0I TDI CR

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Passenger car.

Country of origin: Spain

No pictures are available

Fire

There is a possibility of a leak occurring in the high pressure pipe of the fuel injection system. In the worst case, the leaked fuel may eventually cause a fire.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary corrective action taken by the manufacturer  

Germany,
The Netherlands,
United Kingdom  

Serious risk Consumer products

6
0006/12

France

Category: Lighting chains

Product: Lighting chain

Brand: Les Comptoirs du Monde

Name:

Type/number of model: 0513NOE

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Lighting chain. Indoor use.

Country of origin: China


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Fire,
Electric shock

The product poses a risk of electric shock and fire because there is no effective cord anchorage to the bulbs and the conductors can be easily pulled out.

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

Compulsory measures: Products seized by the authorities.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

7
0007/12

Spain

Category: Electrical appliances and equipment

Product: Travel plug adaptor "Travel Universal Adaptor"

Brand: Mosto

Name:

Type/number of model: 8436034389545

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: White travel plug adapter. It is packed in a cardboard box.

Country of origin: China


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Electric shock

The product poses a risk of electric shock because:

·         The pins of the plug are accessible when the plug is partly inserted in the socket.

·         Live parts of the adapter protected by shutters are accessible without a plug being inserted.

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

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

 

Serious risk Consumer products

8
0008/12

France

Category: Lighting chains

Product: Lighting chain

Brand: Les Comptoirs du Monde

Name:

Type/number of model: 0509NOE

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Lighting chain. Indoor use.

Country of origin: China


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Fire,
Electric shock

The product poses a risk of electric shock and fire because there is no cord anchorage at the transformer input and output and because the insulation is not sufficient.

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

Compulsory measures: Products seized by the authorities.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

9
0009/12

Spain

Category: Electrical appliances and equipment

Product: Hair dryer

Brand: Nishica

Name:

Type/number of model: ref. 4-02-0032 NK-4203 8431826022150

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Hair dryer packed in a cardboard box.

Country of origin: China


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Electric shock

The product poses a risk of electric shock because live parts are accessible and the cross-sectional area of the conductors in the flexible power cable is less than required.

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

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

 

Serious risk Consumer products

10
0010/12

France

Category: Lighting chains

Product: Lighting chain

Brand: Les Comptoirs du Monde

Name:

Type/number of model: 0653NOE Ice

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Lighting chain. Indoor use.

Country of origin: China


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Fire,
Electric shock

The product poses a risk of electric shock and fire because there is no cord anchorage at the transformer input and output.

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

Compulsory measures: Products seized by the authorities.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

11
0011/12

France

Category: Electrical appliances and equipment

Product: Electric massager "Infrared Massager"

Brand: Luxe Literie

Name:

Type/number of model: LDM-0537A

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Electric massager in the form of a dolphin.

Country of origin: China


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Electric shock

The product poses a risk of electric shock because:

·         the shape and decoration may make it likely to be treated as a toy by children;

·         the insulation is not sufficient because the creepage distances between live parts with different polarities are less than required.

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

Compulsory measures: Products seized by the authorities.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

12
0012/12

France

Category: Other

Product: Smoke detector "Détecteur de Fumée Photoélectrique"

Brand: Brennenstuhl

Name:

Type/number of model: Type BR 102 – Product reference No 129030 1 – GENCOD : 3281852903016 Batch No: 0747/21/09

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Smoke detector

Country of origin: China


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Asphyxiation,
Burns

The product is not sufficiently sensitive. The failure to detect commonly occurring types of fire does not permit the user and others around them to take the measures necessary to avoid the risk of fire.

The product does not comply with the Construction Products Directive and the relevant European standard EN 14604.

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

France,
Austria  

Serious risk Consumer products

14
0014/12

France

Category: Electrical appliances and equipment

Product: Electric fan "Ventilateur sur Pied"

Brand: Tous les Jours (TLJ)

Name:

Type/number of model: FD-40J

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: 50W floor-standing fan.

Country of origin: China


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Cuts

The fan is unstable and overturns at an inclination of 10°. It may cause cuts if it overturns while in operation.

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

Compulsory measures: Products seized by the authorities.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

15
0015/12

France

Category: Electrical appliances and equipment

Product: Fan heater "Mini Ventilateur Chaud/Froid"

Brand: DomoClip

Name:

Type/number of model: FH-90A: DOM169

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Fan heater.

Country of origin: China


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Electric shock

The product poses a risk of electric shock because the plastic cover may break leaving live components of the heating elements accessible.

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

Compulsory measures: Products seized by the authorities.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

16
0016/12

Spain

Category: Electrical appliances and equipment

Product: Travel plug adaptor "Adaptador Universal de Viaje"

Brand: F-Line

Name:

Type/number of model:

Reference 50412,

Barcode 8414834504122

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Black travel adapter in a blister pack.

Country of origin: Unknown


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Electric shock

The product poses a risk of electric shock because it is possible to insert a Class I plug in a socket intended exclusively to take plugs for Class II appliances (that do not have an earth wire).

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

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

Spain  

Serious risk Consumer products

17
0017/12

Lithuania

Category: Toys

Product: Magnetic eggs "Rattlesnake Sound Egg"

Brand: Unknown

Name:

Type/number of model: item No. A11280

Batch number/Barcode: 0611888112800

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Plastic-coated cardboard packaging.

Country of origin: China


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Choking,
Injuries

The product poses a risk of choking and internal injuries because the eggs are small parts that could be swallowed and have a magnetic flux index that is too high.

The product does not comply with the Toys Safety Directive and the relevant European standard EN 71-1.

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

 

Serious risk Consumer products

18
0018/12

Romania

Category: Food-imitating products

Product: Bar of soap "Sweet Bath Oil Bar"

Brand: Sabon

Name:

Type/number of model: 7290104224256

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Cube-shaped bar of soap that has the form and the packaging of a real bar of white chocolate. The packaging has the inscription "chocolate" positioned near the picture of a bath.

Country of origin: Israel


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Choking

The product poses a risk of choking as, due to its characteristic form, appearance, colour and size, (the small divided portions) the product may be mistaken for a foodstuff. 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: Sales ban ordered by the authorities.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

20
0020/12

United Kingdom

Category: Toys

Product: Soft toy "Deco Reindeer Tree Decoration with Bells"

Brand: Kaemingk

Name:

Type/number of model: Model 666655. Bar code 8717427571090

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Brown reindeer with bells on collar with label attached from ‘Deco’.

Country of origin: China


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Choking

The product poses a risk of choking because the bells attached to the collar are easily removed and swallowed.

The product does not comply with the Toys Safety Directive and with the relevant European standard EN 71-1.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary withdrawal from the market and destruction of the remaining stock.  

Luxembourg,
Spain  

Serious risk Consumer products

23
0023/12

United Kingdom

Category: Toys

Product: Radio controlled car "Police 116"

Brand: WD Toys

Name:

Type/number of model: JD-2168E

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Radio controlled 4 wheel drive police car. Blue body large wheels, police light, roof rack. Writing and stickers on the vehicle.

Country of origin: China


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Fire,
Electric shock

The product poses a risk of fire and electric shock because the mains adaptor does not have adequate insulation. In addition, the pins of the mains adaptor are inadequately sized.

The product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive (LVD) and the relevant European standard EN 61558 and the relevant national standard.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary withdrawal from the market.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

24
0024/12

United Kingdom

Category: Toys

Product: Remote control toy car "Drift"

Brand: Newqida

Name:

Type/number of model: TY18(41E1)

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: black radio controlled toy sports car with yellow/red flames on body. Contained in a blister pack in a yellow cardboard box with name of product and pictures on it.

Country of origin: China


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Fire,
Electric shock

The mains adaptor has inadequately sized pins. As a result:

·         damage could occur to the socket with the risk of overheating or arcing within the socket;

·         the mechanical connections between the base and the cover of the mains adaptor suffer undue strain when inserted or removed from the socket.

The product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive (LVD) and the relevant national standard BS 1363.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary withdrawal from the market.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

25
0025/12

United Kingdom

Category: Toys

Product: Remote controlled car "Lets go racer"

Brand: Unknown

Name:

Type/number of model: 566/27

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: a young child's remote controlled racing car. Car is cartoon like with a face at the front and bleu with racing stripes. The box is yellow with pictures of the car.

Country of origin: China


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Fire,
Electric shock

The mains adaptor poses a risk of fire and electric shock because its insulation resistance is not sufficient.

In addition, the pins of the mains adaptor are inadequately sized.

The product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive (LVD) and the relevant European standard EN 61558 and the relevant national standard.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary withdrawal from the market.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

26
0026/12

Ireland

Category: Motor vehicles

Product: Passenger car V70, S80, XC60 and XC70

Brand: Volvo

Name:

Type/number of model: Chassis numbers:

V70: 000347 - 106435

S80: 000856 - 106230

XC60: 000229 - 028507

XC70: 000329 - 065138

Note: not all vehicles in the above chassis ranges are affected.

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Passenger car

Country of origin: Sweden

No pictures are available

Injuries

The affected vehicles may experience a problem related to the auxiliary belt and tensioner. If the tensioner failed, there would be a sudden loss of power assisted steering and the possibility of a sudden loss of engine drive without prior warning.

Voluntary measures: Voluntary corrective action taken by the manufacturer  

Bulgaria,
Greece,
Spain  

Serious risk Consumer products

27
0027/12

Finland

Category: Toys

Product: Remote controlled cars "Toy car"

Brand: 1) High-speed elephant

2) High-speed elephant

Name:

Type/number of model: 1) Item number MA-125869 in invoice 2) Item number MA-125870 in invoice

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: 1) A white battery operated, remote control car with big plastic tyres. Packed in a white cardboard box with transparent window with the text “Eddy Drifting car, Scale 1:18”. 2) A yellow battery operated, remote control car with big plastic tyres. Packed in a white cardboard box with transparent window with the text “Stunt Rolling car, Scale 1:20”.

Country of origin: China


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Chemical

These products pose chemical risks because quantity of di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) exceeds the maximum permitted level 0,1 % (1) Plastic material in the tyres contains 22 % by mass of DEHP; 2) Plastic material in the tyres contains 30 % by mass of 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 childcare article can be placed in the mouth by children.

Compulsory measures: Import rejected by the customs authorities.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

28
0028/12

Denmark

Category: Other

Product: Ladder "Trappetårnsstige"

Brand: Unknown

Name:

Type/number of model: 3728

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Combination ladder that can be used as a full length ladder or as a step ladder.

Country of origin: China


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Injuries

The product poses a risk of injuries because it does not have sufficient strength.

The product does not comply with the relevant European standard EN 131.

Compulsory measures: Recall from consumers ordered by the authorities.  

 

Serious risk Consumer products

29
0029/12

Denmark

Category: Other

Product: Ladder "Multistige"

Brand: Unknown

Name:

Type/number of model: 6090

Batch number/Barcode:

OECD Portal Category:

Description: Combination ladder that can be used as a full length ladder, as a platform, or as a step ladder.

Country of origin: China


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Injuries

The product poses a risk of injuries because it does not have sufficient strength.

The product does not comply with the relevant European standard EN 131.

Compulsory measures: Recall from consumers ordered by the authorities.