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Consumers (26-04-2005)

Commission issues Europe-wide alert as faulty electric irons kill 3 people in Greece

The European Commission has issued an alert to consumer protection authorities across the 25 EU Member States about a type of electric iron imported from China that is being blamed for the deaths of 3 people in Greece. The Greek authorities notified the Commission on Friday about the electric “steam iron” bearing the brand name “CIR PERLA 2038C”. Electrical components in these iron are not properly insulated, so people using them run the risk of serious electric shocks. In the case of three consumers in Greece shocks received from these irons are reported to have been fatal. The Commission has issued an alert to national authorities across the EU via RAPEX, the EU-wide product safety surveillance system. The dangerous irons are thought to have been distributed in several EU countries, so there is a risk that consumers around the EU are in danger. The Commission is calling on public authorities, and individual consumers, to be vigilant.

A picture of the dangerous iron is available on the Commission’s consumer affairs website, click here for more information.