Rapid Alert System - Weekly Report

Report 19 ( Published on: 19/05/2006)

 
Weekly report Products with serious risks 

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Alert number: 0271/06       
Category:  Kitchen/cooking accessories
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
- The construction of the pressure cooker does not comply with the specific requirements for incorrect assembling or closing.

- The value of 50 kPa was reached during the test for incorrect fitting (the pressure in the vessel reached the value higher than 4 kPa). Under this situation the initial (unwilling) opening of the lid could be caused by torque of approximately 0.5 Nm on the arm of the lid and the user could be hit by immediate release of the accumulated pressure, hot steam escape and splashing of hot water.

- The sealing of the pressure cooker crashed during the test of resistance to deformation of the body and the lid.



- The pressure rose during the test evenly and when the pressure of the value 290 kPa was reached, the strong explosion of the pressure cooker was caused without any previous signals.


This product does not comply with the Pressure Equipment Directive and the relevant standards.


There was an explosion, but injuries connected with this type of product have not been reported yet.
 

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Sales ban ordered by the authority.

 
Description:  Pressure cooker made of stainless steel “BREMI International”
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Czech Republic
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 19

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Alert number: 0273/06       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: 1) Fluffy Ball, 2) No brand
 
Name:  1) Fluffy ball yo-yo and 2) Large purple yo-yo.
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode:  1) 8435202700106, 2) Unknown
 
Risk type:  Suffocation
 
Laboratory tests have confirmed that these toys pose a risk of strangulation due to their design, since the elastic cord that ends in a ring can be stretched considerably.


These toys do not meet the essential safety requirements, as they pose a risk of strangulation when children swing the yo-yos around their heads like a lasso.
 

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Import of these products has been stopped by the customs authorities.

 
Description:  YoYo balls.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 19

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Alert number: 0275/06       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  HZ877
 
Batch number / Barcode:  8 714218688777
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 
Toy has excessive lead and chromium in green and yellow paint - poses a potential toxicity hazard to children.
Green paint contains 3040 mg/KG of migratable lead and 350 mg/KG of migratable Chromium. Yellow paint contains 2840 mg/KG of migratable lead and 340 mg/KG of migratable Chromium. BS EN 71-3 permits maximum permissible concentrations of lead at 90 mg/Kg and Chromium at 60mg/KG.


Product does not comply with the Toys Directive and the relevant standards.
 

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

 
Description:  Balance Game with 4 pyramids “Charl’s Toys”
Country of origin:  The Netherlands
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 19

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Alert number: 0272/06       
Category:  Cosmetics
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode:  80351632205
 
Risk type:  Microbiological
 
The mesophilic aerobic microorganisms count of the product is 13 000 ufc/g and the mould and yeast count 7 900 ufc/g. The product does not comply with the Cosmetics Directive, the Toys Directive and the Spanish national rules.
 

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Import of the product prohibited by the authority.

 
Description:  Cosmetics “Royal Make-up” novelty make-up set (toy) – “Geoffrey”.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 19

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Alert number: 0274/06       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Cordless filter kettle white / green.
 
Type / number of model:  4225049 (green), 4225063 (white)
 
Batch number / Barcode:  KK05
 
Risk type:  Burns
 
Risk of scalding caused by hot water. The element fails in use causing a short circuit. This creates energy which forces the water out of the kettle.


Investigation revealed that the element had been poorly manufactured leading to a weakness and subsequent failure.
128 incidents reported through Argos hazard notification procedure.
 

Measures taken by economic operators: Voluntary withdrawal from sale. Recall notices placed in Argos stores. (By: Other)

 
Description:  Cordless filter kettle white / green “Cookworks” (Argos own brand - Argos are a catalogue retail company. They operate in Ireland and the U.K.). Description: Cardboard carton 24cm x 15cm x 26cm.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Ireland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 19