Rapid Alert System - Weekly Report

Report 16 ( Published on: 28/04/2006)

 
Weekly report Products with serious risks 

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Alert number: 0224/06       
Category:  Furniture
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
Product places users at risk of falling due to its lack of stability (the chair overbalances) and its fragility (during testing one of the legs broke). The product does not comply with the relevant European standard EN 1335 (product failed the front stability and forward overbalancing tests). One injury concerning this product has been reported.
 

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Compulsory withdrawal of the product from the market ordered by the authority.

 
Description:  Office chair "Cadeira a GÁZ c/ Braços AZ#E3072" Type/model: 2859484. Description: Gas lift chair with arms AZ#E3072, five round wheels, adjustable seat height.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Portugal
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 16

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Alert number: 0228/06       
Category:  Hand tools
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Hatchet "Work-it", 600 g
 
Type / number of model:  Work-it, Art. Nr.: 93060
 
Batch number / Barcode:  8714892930605
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
The hatchet presents risk of injury because:


1) The handle is not mechanically fastened to the head, but is attached using a red binding mass. In one case, the handle was attached to the head by a yellow synthetic resin adhesive. The head fell off the handle because of its own weight, and it could easily be detached by hand.

2) The hatchet head was made of an unsuitable material. This was not the prescribed forged steel, but a brittle coarse-grained cast material with many defects (flaws and cavities), which weaken it even more. When the hatchet is used the head can shatter or split, and flying fragments can cause serious injuries.
 

Measures taken by economic operators: Voluntary withdrawal from the sale by retailer.  (By: Other)

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 16

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Alert number: 0230/06       
Category:  Hand tools
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Schlosserhammer 300 g
 
Type / number of model:  1035
 
Batch number / Barcode:  9008022001037
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
The hammer presents risk of injury because:


1) During the tests, the handle of the hammer broke directly beneath the head after three blows. An unsuitable type of wood was used. The head of the hammer flew off.

2) The head is made of cast iron rather than the required forged tool steel. Cast iron is coarse-grained and brittle and therefore totally unsuitable for tools, especially hammers. Defects in the material (flaws and cavities) weaken it even more. When the hammer is used the head can shatter or break, and flying fragments can cause irreversible injuries.
 

Measures taken by economic operators: Voluntary suspension of sale by retailer. (By: Other)

 
Description:  Hammer "EURO TOOLS" Hammer with wooden handle, bearing GS label of the TÜV Product Service (misuse of label).
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 16

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Alert number: 0231/06       
Category:  Hand tools
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: "Work it"
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
Product presents a danger from flying fragments. The hammer head is made of cast iron rather than forged tool steel as required. The head may shatter or split in use and flying fragments could cause permanent injury.
 

Measures taken by economic operators: Distribution voluntarily discontinued by the supplier. (By: Other)

 
Description:  Hammer "Work it" Name: Engineer’s hammer, 300 g. Type/model: Art.-No.: 10301, EAN 8714892103016. Description: Product bears GS label which according to TÜV Rheinland does not correspond to the product (misuse of the mark).
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 16

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Alert number: 0233/06       
Category:  Kitchen/cooking accessories
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
Product poses a risk of injury since the safety valve does not operate properly. During testing the upper half of the product blew off the base at an over-pressure of 300 kPa before the safety valve could have opened.


Product does not comply with the relevant European standard EN 13248:2003.


 

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Compulsory withdrawal of the product from the market ordered by the authority.

 
Description:  Stainless steel espresso coffee maker for 4 and 6 cups "Solingmeyer". Type/model: MX-473 and MX-673.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Hungary
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 16

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Alert number: 0236/06       
Category:  Lighters
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Burns, Fire
 
Danger for small children - the lighter shapes identified above (according to EN 13869 corresponding with the definition of novelty lighters) can attract children younger than 51 months of age, which leads to increased chances of burning or fire risk.




 

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Prohibition of sale ordered by authority.

 
Description:  Novelty lighters of various shapes: 1. Spiderman mask with lighting effects, 2.Spider, 3. Santa Claus boot with lighting effects and melody, 4. Silver sport car with lighting effects, 5. Cell phone in golden colour, 6.Brown dog with a knife in its back, 7. Machine gun with lighting effects and melody, 8. Motorbike with a rider - with lighting effects, 9. Old weapon, 10. Old weapon, 11. Revolver, 12. Red cabriolet with white fenders.
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Slovakia
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 16

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Alert number: 0237/06       
Category:  Lighters
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Burns, Fire
 
Products correspond to the definition of novelty lighters (EN 13869) and can thereby attract children younger than 51 months of age, which leads to increased risk of burns and fire.

 

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): The authority prohibited the sale of the product and ordered the distributors to warn customers of the risks posed by the product.

 
Description:  Novelty lighters of different shapes and sizes: 1. Porsche car; 2. flashlight; 3. dolphin that can be used as a pen (colours: dark brown, light brown, silver); 4. mobile phone with lighting effects (colours: read, blue, black, yellow); 5. silver gun that can be used as a pendant.
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Slovakia
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 16

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Alert number: 0235/06       
Category:  Lighting equipment
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  CQ 8276
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 
Product poses a risk of electric shock since basic insulated wires are in contact with accessible metal parts.


With regard to wiring and constructional requirements, there is no cord anchorage nor bushing and the plug is not of IEC60083 type. Moreover, wire ways contain sharp and burred metal parts and the connection of the lampholder made of screw is not protected against loosening.
Product does not comply with the LVD and the relevant European standard EN 60598.
 

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Compulsory recall and fine imposed by the authority.

 
Description:  Table lamp illustrating a woman playing an instrument.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Hungary
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 16

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Alert number: 0225/06       
Category:  Machinery
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  SS50 – 2A
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
This machine is extremely dangerous to operate and is likely to cause injury to rider and to any other persons in the vicinity of the Machine.

Vapours from fuel tank could affect riders' control of machine and also cause potential fire hazard (the fuel tank is vented via the fuel cap, directly in front of the rider).

Catching body parts/clothing in moving chain/sprocket may happen (the machine’s drive chain and rear sprocket is almost completely unguarded).
 

Measures taken by economic operators: Voluntary withdrawal and recall of the product by retailer. (By: Other)

 
Description:  Mini motorbike "Nemesis– version 2"
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 16

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Alert number: 0222/06       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
In the notified cars possible reduction may appear in the restraining capacity of the left-hand safety belt in the second row of seats. This might not sufficiently restrain the person occupying that seat on vehicle impact or sharp breaking.

 

Measures taken by economic operators: Voluntary corrective actions taken by importer. (By: Other)

 
Description:  4x4 vehicle "LAND ROVER" Type/model: DISCOVERY 3 and RANGE ROVER SPORT.
Country of origin:  United Kingdom
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 16

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Alert number: 0223/06       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
Product poses a risk of accident and injury because of a fault in the gear system when in neutral position, signalled to the driver by the neutral warning light, first or second gear can engage unexpectedly.
 

Measures taken by economic operators: Voluntary recall by the importer.  (By: Other)

 
Description:  Motorcycle "Harley-Davidson" manufactured by Harley-Davidson Motor Company/USA. Type/model: Dyna models FXDI, FXDLI, FXDBI, FXDCI, FXDI35 and FXDWGI; Vehicle type FD1; EC type-approval e4*2002/24*0029*05. Description: The vehicles affected were manufactured between 09.06.2005 and 19.10.2005.
Country of origin:  United States
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 16

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Alert number: 0232/06       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
Roof bars present risk of injury because during the tests they broke at 150 daN and 170 daN, whereas the standard requires resistance up to 275 daN.


One accident on a motorway reported.




 

Measures taken by economic operators: Voluntary withdrawal from the market and recall from consumers. (By: Other)

 
Description:  Roof bars (roof luggage racks) – vehicle accessories "Green Valley". Type/model: Ref. 001514. Description: Pair of roof bars for the following vehicles: Alfa Romeo 166, Citroën Bx-Zx 5p, Honda Civic 5 P (1994 to 2000), Mazda 2, VW Golf II (1984 to 1990), Rover 200 (1990 to 1995).
Country of origin:  Italy
Alert submitted by:  France
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 16

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Alert number: 0226/06       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking, Strangulation
 
The toy may present risk of choking because it contains small parts which fit to the small parts cylinder. The cord that is meant for fixing the toy to the pram may present risk of strangulation because the cord has more than 750mm while extended with force 25±2N. The following warning is missing: "Warning! To prevent possible injury by entanglement, remove this toy when the child begins to push up on hands and knees".
 

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Withdrawal from the market was ordered by the authority. In addition, the importer has been obliged to inform consumers about the risks.

 
Description:  Rattle for child’s pram "3Baby Exerciser". Model 400 (on the packing).
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Estonia
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 16

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Alert number: 0227/06       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical, Choking
 
During testing, squeaking mechanism, tongue and front legs became detached. Small parts constitute a choking hazard for children under three. In addition, product may release phthalates that are prohibited in toys under the German law and the pending European Directive. Phthalate (DEPH) content 25 % in plastic.
The product does not comply with the Toy Directive and the relevant European Standard.
 

Measures taken by economic operators: Voluntary withdrawal and destruction of the products by the supplier. (By: Other)

 
Description:  Squeaky crocodile Type/model: Unknown.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 16

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Alert number: 0229/06       
Category:  Clothing, textiles and fashion items
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 
Product contains carcinogenic aromatic amines: 4-chloroaniline – 246 mg.kg -1 and 1,2-toluidine – 174 mg.kg -1.
 

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): The authority prohibited the sale of the product and ordered the distributor to warn customers and to inform them about the possibility to return the product.

 
Description:  Men’s shirt "Hao Yun" Type/model: Unknown.
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Slovakia
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 16

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Alert number: 0221/06       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 
The notified product poses a risk of electric shock when it is being cleaned. (The preconditions for fatal electric shock are: 1. The aquarium light is plugged into the mains and the two-pole cord switch is in the on position. 2. The aquarium cover falls into the water during cleaning and the user reaches into the water).The appliance failed the test for water ingress. In addition, warnings and indications required by the standard are missing, cross-sectional area of the supply cord and the cord grip are inadequate. The notified product does not comply with the LVD Directive and the relevant European Standards.One incident reported:

According to an anonymous report from a consumer, the aquarium cover with the lighting unit fell into the water during maintenance work. This gave rise to a minor electric shock. When the cover was later retrieved, the neon tube holder had become detached.
 

Measures taken by economic operators: Voluntary withdrawal from sale and recall from consumers by manufacturer.  (By: Other)

 
Description:  Electrical aquarium-set (cover with lighting) Type/model: Sera / Design 80, Art.-No 8730624.
Country of origin:  Germany
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 16

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Alert number: 0234/06       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock, Fire
 
This product presents risk of fire and electric shock because internal wires contact sharp edges thus the insulation gets damaged, the mains plug is not of standard type, the appliance is constructed with the mains supply double-core cable of H03VVH2-F and the cross-sectional area of the stranded conductor is 0,5 mm2.


This product does not comply with the LVD Directive and the European Standard.
 

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Withdrawal from the market and recall from consumers ordered by the authority.

 
Description:  2 slice toaster "EUROLUX". Type/model: EL-1601.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Hungary
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 16

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Alert number: 0238/06       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 
There is a risk of electric shock due to the fact that there are no double/reinforced insulations between the primary and the secondary winding of the mains transformer nor in capacitor C12 connected across the reinforced insulation.


This product does not comply with the LVD Directive and the European Standard.




 

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Recall from consumers ordered by authority.

 
Description:  Power supply unit for LCD/TFT television "WeiFeng" Type/model: HK 120200. RAPEX notification does not include the 9' Mini TFT LCD TV, WEIFENG 5635 colour television itself.
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Finland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 16