Rapid Alert System - Weekly Report

Report 22 ( Published on: 09/06/2006)

 
Weekly report Products with serious risks 

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Alert number: 0303/06       
Category:  Hand tools
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
The hammer-head is made of cast iron thereby causing a risk of breaking. In the test, even a small amount of force bent the shaft. The rubber grip can easily be removed by hand.
 

Measures taken by economic operators: Voluntary withdrawal of the product from the market by the supplier (By: Other)
Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Confiscation of the products ordered by the authority.

 
Description:  Claw hammer, roofing hammer Type/number of model: EAN 8711295099397. Claw hammer with curved nail claw, polished hammer-head, chrome shaft and black rubber grip, total length approximately. 29 cm.
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 22

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Alert number: 0299/06       
Category:  Hobby/sports equipment
 
Product:  Air Sport Gun
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: "Plastic gun"
 
Type / number of model:  Type/number of model: P 688.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
Risk of injury to the eyes.


- The kinetic energy of the missiles (0,112 joule) is higher than allowed (upper permissible limit: 0,08 joule).


- The warning in Greek "ATTENTION! Small parts. Not suitable for children under the age of 3 years" is missing, which comes in contradiction with the indicating: "Not suitable for children of 14 years", written on the package in English.


This product does not comply with the Toys Directive and the relevant European Standards.
 

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Withdrawal from the market ordered by the authority. A press release has been issued.

 
Description:  Grey coloured plastic gun with brawn and black handle packed in transparent bag. Indications on package (only in English): "Warning! Choking Hazard – Small parts. Not for children under 14 years", Made in China, graphical age alert mark indicating that the toy is not intended for the use of children under the age of 14 years.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 22

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Alert number: 0306/06       
Category:  Hobby/sports equipment
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 
The missiles due to their size may cause choking.
 

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Placing on the market of the product is prohibited and recall from consumers ordered by the authority.

 
Description:  Sport gun. Type/number of model: Bar code: 5998087518813. Grey gun with suction capped missiles. Inscription on the gun: "SPORT" and 5 rings of the Olympic symbol. The missiles are packed into plastic bag. Dimensions: 215x32x120 mm.
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Hungary
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 22

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Alert number: 0307/06       
Category:  Jewellery
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 
The presence of Nickel in products which are in immediate and prolonged contact with skin can cause sensitization and allergic reactions.


The Chemical State Laboratory examined the earrings and the results showed that the migration of Nickel was 18.9 μg/cm2 per week, while the upper allowed limit is 0.2μg/cm2 per week. The method used was based on the standard ELOT EN 1811.
 

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

 
Description:  Nickel Earrings "Generic" Long earrings ending in a shape of a bow with a heart.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 22

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Alert number: 0295/06       
Category:  Kitchen/cooking accessories
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Burns
 
The product poses a high risk for the user to be scalded unexpectedly by boiling water. One injury has been reported.
 

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

 
Description:  Thermos flask 1,9 l. Type/number of model: 260 365. A coloured thermos flask made from metal plate with a content of 1.9 l.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Czech Republic
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 22

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Alert number: 0308/06       
Category:  Lighters
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Burns, Fire
 
Products pose a danger to small children (the lighter shapes comply with the definition of the novelty lighters in accordance with EN 13869) because they can attract children younger than 51 months of age, which leads to an increased risk of burns or fire.
 

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Sales ban and warning of consumers ordered by the authority.

 
Description:  Various novelty lighters. Different novelty lighters of various shapes. 1. Motorbike - Xin Xin Motorbike Flame No. 04457 ROYCE; 2. Bicycle - FASHIONCYCLE LIGHTER DONJO TM SMOKING SET, labelled with No. 133813 on the cover; 3. Submachine gun - PISTOLLIGHTER Nobilis ROYCE No. 04671; 4. Forklift - Smoking set High grate ligh, labelled VZV 13883 on the cover; 5. Rooster - LIGHTER Exquisite article; 6. Pistol No.1808 or 1708; 7. Cannon - ARTWARE ROYCE No.04503 Asio elephantá, on the product marking NAPOLEON XVIII-XIX; 8. LULI SHISI GUPAO; 9. Machine gun - Maxim Gun (1884-1912) ROYCE No.04643; 10. Formula One car LIGHTER FASION, labelled No.133775 on the cover; 11. Pistol - NEW LIGHTER ROYCE No.04392; 12. Pistol - HIGH-GRADE LIGHTER ROYCE NO.04396; 13. Car - LINCOLN LENGTHENS THE CAR, labelled No.133910 on the cover; 14. Turtle - DORADO LIGHTER ROYCE; 15. Shark - DORADO LIGHTER EK - F00010010; 16. Set consisting of cow and AZAD BIDI cigars free of charge, labelled No. 06695 on the cover; 17. cube; 18. Circular saw - LIGHTER ROYCE No.04669; 19. Car - RUI HAO Racing Dump and go action No. 4088 powered by 3 batteries with sound and lighting effects, on the cover: CE; 20. Car – DONJOTM; 21. Car - ROYCE No. 04462 TANKER; 22. Pistol - PIETRO BARETTA, on the cover: ROYCE No.04544; 23. Car, on the cover: WECKER LIGHTER ROYCE No.04463; 24. Limousine – on the cover: LINCOLN LENGTHENS THE CAR No. 133910; 25. Motorbike 6N2587, on the cover: MOTORRAD FRUERZEUG ROYCE No.04456.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Slovakia
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 22

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Alert number: 0310/06       
Category:  Lighters
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 
The products incorporate an electric circuit powered by a battery, which generates a series of pulses with a maximum peak voltage of 1. 496.5 volts; 2. 265.6 volts; 3. 472.7 volts; 4. 582.2 volts; and 5. 307.4 volts respectively. The electric discharge may be harmful to particularly susceptible persons or those wearing pacemakers. The products do not contain user warnings.
 

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

 
Description:  Shock lighters of various shapes, causing electric discharge when the button on the top is pressed. Shapes: 1. Lighter with relief figures; 2. Refreshment’s can; 3. Lighter with double cylindrical body; 4. Cell phone Nokia 3310; 5. Oval lighter with a picture of an eagle.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 22

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Alert number: 0305/06       
Category:  Lighting equipment
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 
Product poses a risk of electric shock since contact pressure is transmitted through insulating material and the diameter of the impression exceeded more than 2 mm during testing.

Product does not comply with the LVD and the relevant European standard EN 60598.
 

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

 
Description:  Desk lamp, luminaries with built-in transformer. Type/number of model: KT 103 383 101 701 43 94. Packaging bears GS label from TÜV.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Slovenia
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 22

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Alert number: 0298/06       
Category:  Machinery
 
Product:  Mini motorbike
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: "Nemesis Nitro/Dirt Racer 2 wheeled bike".
 
Type / number of model:  Type/number of model: SS50-4.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Burns, Fire, Injuries
 
Due to various safety hazards presented by the product, it is extremely dangerous to operate and is likely to cause injury to the rider and to any other persons in the vicinity of the machine.


In particular, it poses a risk of catching body parts/clothing in moving chain/sprocket, burns from exhaust and inhalation and/or fire from vapours from the fuel tank because:


-the drive chain and sprocket are not sufficiently guarded


– frontal chain guard that is fitted is insufficient and also has sharp edges;


-the exhaust is insufficiently shielded posing a risk of burns;


-there is no speed-limiting device or a re-set on the engine stop;


-the way the fuel tank is vented causes the rider to inhale petrol fumes and poses a potential fire hazard if the rider of anyone nearby is smoking near the tank cap during the venting process;


-there is a risk of fouling fuel supply pipe;


-the rear brake assembly is not correctly secured and locked together.
 

Measures taken by economic operators: Voluntary recall by the supplier. (By: Other)
Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Sales ban ordered by the authority.

 
Description:  The product 1.3 metres long, saddle height 60 cm, handlebar height 80 cm.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 22

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Alert number: 0301/06       
Category:  Machinery
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  73515
 
Batch number / Barcode:  7144892735053
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
In a centrifugal test, the cutting discs failed well below the minimum fracture speed of 150 m/sec prescribed by the relevant standard EN 12413. Cracks radiating from the metal ring are apparent on the front of the disc. In addition, the product suffered from incorrect labelling.
 

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

 
Description:  Stone cutting disc "Work-it". Description: Stone cutting disc, 115x3.2x22.2mm, max. 11900 RPM, 80m/s.
Country of origin:  The Netherlands
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 22

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Alert number: 0296/06       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Fire, Injuries
 
The polyamide tube (PA12) in the fuel line is sensitive to extreme temperatures that may occur in the area where turbo/exhaust manifold is located, potentially resulting in a fuel line leakage after parking the vehicle.
 

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

 
Description:  Passenger car "Volvo" Type/number of model: S40/V50 cars sedan/station wagon like. The recall concerns vehicles produced in the years 2004-2006.
Country of origin:  Sweden
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 22

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Alert number: 0297/06       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
The product poses a risk of an accident due to loss of control of the vehicle. Due to insufficient strength of the rear axle shaft flange, a crack may occur under certain driving conditions. This could lead to serious damage to rear axle, loss of control and immobilization of the car.
 

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

 
Description:  Toyota Land Cruiser 90 car. Type/number of model: KZJ90 (11GJ90#0001015 – 0043998), KZJ95 (11GJ95#0001023 – 0117591), VZJ90 (11VJ90#0001013 – 0004316), VZJ95 (11VJ95#0001022 – 0053723), KZJ90 (11GJ90#0028467 – 0034895) and KZJ95 (11GJ95#0103289 – 0117567). The corrective action concerns vehicles produced between 17 April 1996 and 6 January 1999.
Country of origin:  Japan
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 22

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Alert number: 0302/06       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
Possible destruction of rear axle wheel bearings owing to insufficient lubricant. In extreme cases the lower shaft can become detached.


One incident - Loss of lower shaft (rear).
 

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

 
Description:  Passenger car "Nissan Navara". Type/number of model: Navara models manufactured by Nissan Motor Iberica S.A., Spain; vehicle type D40. The recall concerns vehicles built between 02.2005 and 13.01.2006, VIN VSK***D40U0012810 to VSK***D40U0067531 and VSK***D40U0900556 to VSK***D40U0900744
Country of origin:  Spain
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 22

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Alert number: 0312/06       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
While driving a car, sunroof’s glass which is incorrectly fitted can break off its frame.
 

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

 
Description:  Passenger cars Honda "Accord and Civic". Type/number of model: Accord 4d, CC7, CE7, CE8, CE9 and Civic 5d, MA8, MA9, MB1 produced in the period between October 1995 and May 1996.
Country of origin:  United Kingdom
Alert submitted by:  Poland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 22

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Alert number: 0315/06       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
Risk of excessive brake pedal travel and loss of braking efficiency. Analysis showed one case where the brake pedal system lock was not in place. No other case reported.
 

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

 
Description:  Passenger car Renault. Type/number of model: BMOB and JMOB. Megane 11 and Scenic 11, right hand drive vehicles only, manufactured within the following dates: Megane 11 November 2002 to 12.02.04 Scenic 11 September 2003 to 21.01.04.
Country of origin:  France
Alert submitted by:  Ireland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 22

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Alert number: 0300/06       
Category:  Other
 
Product:  Aerosols (pressurised gas containers)
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: "Riethmüller" Gas horn.
 
Type / number of model:  Type/number of model: 550456.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Damage to hearing
 
The horns are considered to be dangerous, as the values determined exceed:


- the peak sound pressure of 200 Pa, i.e. 140 dB(C), laid down in Directive 2003/10/EC on the minimum health and safety requirements regarding the exposure of workers to the risks arising from physical agents (noise) [in this case, at a distance of 10 cm: 155.2 dB(C)] and


- the value of 125 dB(C) stipulated in the Toys Standard EN 71, [in this case, at a distance of 50 cm: approximately 141 dB(C)].
 

Measures taken by economic operators: Voluntary withdrawal from the market by retailer.Products withdrawn and modified by the manufacturer (yellow marking) have a sound pressure level of only LpCpeak 119 dB at a distance of 50 cm. (By: Other)

 
Description:  The horn consists of a two-part set in a plastic pack. The pack contains a 16 cm long blue plastic horn and a pressurised gas canister, 4 cm in diameter and 14 cm high. The horn is stuck onto the canister when in use. Label: FCKW Frei nicht entflammbares Gas [CFC-free non-flammable gas].
Country of origin:  Germany
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 22

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Alert number: 0309/06       
Category:  Recreational crafts
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Fire
 
Overheating of electrical "hot spots" due to potential incorrect wiring of the fuse holder. The failure could occur when using the bow thrusters, particularly if the bow thruster is engaged for a long period of time, outside the manufacturers operating parameters.


3 boats have been identified as having the failure mode of overheating. One of these boats had fire damage, which may have been related to the identified hazard.
 

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

 
Description:  Sealine branded motor yacht "Sealine International Limited". Models: C39, F33, F34, F37, F42-5, F43, F44, S29, S34, S37, S38, S41, S42, S43, S48, T46, T47, T51, T52, T60. Manufactured in the United Kingdom from 2000 to 2005.
Country of origin:  United Kingdom
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 22

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Alert number: 0304/06       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 
Risk of choking due to the fact that the bell can be detached from the toy with a force 24.8 N.


This product does not comply with the Toys Directive and the relevant European Standards.
 

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Sales ban and recall of the product from consumers ordered by the authority.

 
Description:  Locomotive "Niagara". Type/number of model: EAN CODE 8006708098129. Description: Red locomotive with the cord.
Country of origin:  Italy
Alert submitted by:  Belgium
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 22

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Alert number: 0311/06       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical, Choking
 
The notified toys pose serious risks to children because:


- the squeezing device in 2 figures (cat and monkey) is easily accessible and it fits within the small parts cylinder (serious risk of choking);


- the duck contains DEHP phthalate with a mass content of 30% and the cow contains DINP phthalate with a mass content of 4,8% and DEHP phthalate with a mass content of 26%.


These toys do not comply with the EU legislation and the relevant European Standards.
 

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Ban of sale, withdrawal from the market and recall from consumers ordered by the authority.

 
Description:  Soft toy with squeezing device "Happy Toys". Type/number of model: 99328. The toy set contains six different types of animals (cat, sparrow, monkey, duck, cow) with squeezing device on the bottom. Size: 20*22*12 cm. Package: plastic.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Hungary
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 22

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Alert number: 0313/06       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 
The parts of the toy (small balls) fit within the small parts cylinder thus this toy poses a serious risk of choking.


This toy does not comply with the Toys 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:  Blithe Duck toy operated with battery "Sunny". Type/number of model: Item no. 2105. A plastic duck toy operated with batteries (3*1,5 V AA). It is illuminating and gives sound. Size: 203*127*158 mm. Package: card box with a plastic window on the front.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Hungary
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 22

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Alert number: 0314/06       
Category:  Cosmetics
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 
The product contains 3.2% dibutyl phthalate which is toxic for reproductive system. The product does not comply with the Cosmetics Directive.
 

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

 
Description:  Nail varnish "Orly" (Bonder Rubberized Basecoat). Type/number of model: bar code 10120025; batch code No 023164. 7,5ml volumetric transparent glass bottle with gently yellowy coloration, white plastic cork with brush.
Country of origin:  United States
Alert submitted by:  Latvia
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 22