Rapid Alert System - Weekly Report
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.
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.
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)
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.
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