Rapid Alert System - Weekly Report

Report 24 ( Published on: 23/06/2006)

 
Weekly report Products with serious risks 

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Alert number: 0360/06       
Category:  Lighters
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Burns
 
The notified lighters pose serious risk of burn.

These lighters are attractive to children — particularly those under the age of 51 months — who may consider them as toys. The notified lighters do not contain any information in which way the flame is produced.
 

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

 
Description:  Child-appealing lighters Type/model: Various lighters in form of cars and space airbus.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 24

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Alert number: 0342/06       
Category:  Lighting equipment
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  AL-249
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 
The wire which is connected to the live terminal block can get into contact with accessible metal parts, thus electric shock may occur.


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

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

 
Description:  Wall-mounted lamp "LÉNA"
Country of origin:  Turkey
Alert submitted by:  Hungary
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 24

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Alert number: 0352/06       
Category:  Lighting equipment
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 
This product poses a risk of electric shock when replacing the lamp because unprotected live printed circuit boards are then accessible. This product does not comply with the LVD Directive and the relevant European Standard.
 

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

 
Description:  Fluorescent luminaire (picture with background lighting). Type/number of model: Type Item#: 36/1424 Po#: 570994, EAN: 6 987521 21055
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Finland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 24

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Alert number: 0358/06       
Category:  Machinery
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Burns, 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 and burns from exhaust because:


-the drive chain and sprocket are not sufficiently guarded;


-the wiring harness/electrical connectors are insecure and chafing on various parts of the machine;


-the exhaust is insufficient in size to carry out its purpose;


-there is no speed-limiting device;


- the frame welding is poor and holed.
 

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

 
Description:  Mini Chopper/Cruiser 2 wheeled bike (mini motorbike). Brand: Unknown.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 24

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Alert number: 0355/06       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
There is a possibility of an accident due to lose of control of vehicle.


On certain Avensis vehicles with 1.6 and 1.8l petrol engine manufactured in United Kingdom, and Corolla and Prius vehicles manufactured in Japan, which are all equipped with Electric Motor assisted Power Steering [EMPS], there might be a possibility that connections may become lost due to insufficient strength at the intermediate shaft and sliding yoke, which connect the steering wheel to the steering gearbox assembly. This might happen during conditions such as when the steering wheel is turned repeatedly strongly to the full lock position (max. steering angle), right or left, or where the tires repeatedly strongly hit the curb when manoeuvring.
 

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

 
Description:  Motor vehicle - car "Toyota" Type/model: Avensis, Corolla, Prius. Description: Avensis - manufacturered January, 2003 through December, 2005; Corolla – manufactured July, 2001 through March, 2004; Prius – manufactured July, 2003 through November, 2005.
Country of origin:  Japan, United Kingdom
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 24

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Alert number: 0343/06       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 
This toy poses a risk of choking because during the tests the suction cup and the string detached when a force of 59 N was applied and it passed through the “E” template. The detached suction cup which a child may – due to its size – place in its mouth or swallow presents a risk of choking.


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

Measures taken by economic operators: Voluntary sales ban adopted by the retailer. Information to consumers about the recall. (By: Other)

 
Description:  Plush toy – ladybird "H&Y TOY" with an "I love you" embroidered inscription. Type/model: 9503 41 00.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Slovakia
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 24

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Alert number: 0344/06       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 
This product poses a risk of choking because the ‘squeaky mechanism’, which completely fits into the small part cylinder, may be detached from the toy and may be put into mouth by children.


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

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

 
Description:  Set of three squeezable, squeaky toys in form of Dalmatians dogs Type/model: NO:8812.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Lithuania
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 24

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Alert number: 0345/06       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 
The product poses a risk of choking because the length of the projectile (25,45 mm) is less than the minimum value (57 mm) indicated in the standard.


This product does not comply with the Toys Directive and the Toys Standard.
 

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

 
Description:  Toy gun with projectiles "LEHAO" Type/model: NO. 339A Bar code: 5 823331 114612.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Hungary
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 24

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Alert number: 0346/06       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: 1) Unknown. 2) GOLD TIME; 3) KAKA.
 
Name: 1) Shoot Gun; 2) Super Foam Dart; 3) Force Army & Police set.
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
These products pose a risk of injury because the suction cups (resilient material) can be easily removed from the projectiles when a force of less than 60 N is applied.


In addition these products may pose a risk of choking to children below 3 years due to the small dimensions of the suction cups.


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

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

 
Description:  Toy guns with projectiles Brand: 1) Unknown. 2) GOLD TIME; 3) KAKA. Name: 1) Shoot Gun; 2) Super Foam Dart; 3) Force Army & Police set. Type/number of model: 1) NO. 332 Bar code: 5823331117439; 2) NO. 27869 Bar code: 695226 027698. 3) NO.6312 Bar Code: 5400311631224.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Hungary
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 24

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Alert number: 0348/06       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical, Choking
 
These products pose a risk of choking because a squeaky mechanism, which fits within the small parts cylinder, can be detached from the toys and may be put into mouth by children.


In addition, these products pose a chemical risk because they contain phthalate DEHP 24, 4 % (category 2 toxic for reproduction material).


These products do not comply with the Toys Directive and the relevant European Standard.
 

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

 
Description:  Squeezable, squeaky toys in form of a giraffe, a bear and a beaver "BABY’S TOY’S" Type/model: Unknown.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Lithuania
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 24

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Alert number: 0349/06       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 
These products pose a risk of choking because a squeaky mechanism, which fits within the small parts cylinder, can be detached from the toys and may be put into mouth by children.


These products do not comply with the Toys Directive and the relevant European Standard.
 

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

 
Description:  Squeezable, squeaky toys in form of a cat, a bear and a baby "SAFETY TOYS" Type/number of model: Unknown.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Lithuania
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 24

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Alert number: 0350/06       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking, Damage to hearing
 
These products pose a risk of choking because a squeaky mechanism, which fits within the small parts cylinder, can be detached from the toys and may be put into mouth by children.


In addition, these products pose a risk of damage to hearing because the emission sound pressure level (91dB) exceeded the limit of 85 Db set by the standard.


These products do not comply with the Toys Directive and the relevant European Standard.
 

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

 
Description:  Squeezable, squeaky toys in form of two mice, a dog and a duck "SAFETY TOYS" Type/number of model: Unknown.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Lithuania
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 24

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Alert number: 0353/06       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 
These products pose a risk of choking because a squeaky mechanism, which fits within the small parts cylinder, can be detached from the toys and may be put into mouth by children.


These products do not comply with the Toys Directive and the relevant European Standard.
 

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

 
Description:  Set of five squeezable, squeaky toys in form of a fish, an octopus and a sea star "HAPPY TOYS". Type/model: NO: 99328.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Lithuania
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 24

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Alert number: 0354/06       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Damage to hearing
 
This product poses a risk of damage to hearing because the emission sound pressure level (89 dB +/-3dB in a free field) exceeded the limit of 80 dB indicated in the standard.


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

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

 
Description:  Toy in a form of telephone, which emits sounds "MOBILE PHONE". Type/model: NO: 8210A.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Lithuania
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 24

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Alert number: 0357/06       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: 1. JIN HUA; 2. Electronic - GOOD TIME; 3. HAPPY ARIGINS; 4. Novelty Phone; 5. Electronic.
 
Name: Battery operated toy mobile phones
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Damage to hearing
 
The products do not comply with the Toys Directive and the relevant European Standard EN 71-1:1999 (section 4.20.a).

The A-weighted emission sound pressure LpA was measured between 86.2 – 95.9 dBA although it must not exceed 80 dB for a close-to- the- ear toy.
 

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

 
Description:  Five battery operated mobile phones of different colours with flashing antennas. The phones make different sounds after pressing the buttons. Brand: 1. JIN HUA; 2. Electronic - GOOD TIME; 3. HAPPY ARIGINS; 4. Novelty Phone; 5. Electronic. Name: Battery operated mobile phones. Type/number of model: 1. CHT119636; 2. CHT119643; 3. NO.05-005; 4. No.6510; 5. CHT 1196A23.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Estonia
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 24

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Alert number: 0359/06       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode:  TB 028
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
On the basis of a functionality test (in shoes, socks and bare feet), the individual layers of the mat slide on each other, causing the upper foil to twist, which represents an undesired slip. Considering the character and design of the product and the age limit for its use (>12 months), the risk of injury as a result of a slip and subsequent fall can not be excluded while using the product.
 

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

 
Description:  Product (stepping Sound Mat) is made of plastic foil with images of six animal figures on it. Attached to the mat is a "sound board" with a push button, which houses the acoustic effects and blinking lights. When pressure is applied to the black and white spot on the image of animals, a sound characteristic of the individual animal along with a blinking light is produced.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Slovakia
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 24

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Alert number: 0341/06       
Category:  Communication and media equipment
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 
This product poses a risk of electric shock because:

- the adaptor part is not compatible with the European –type sockets,

- there is no proper protection between primary and secondary circuits,

- safe usage is not ensured.

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

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

 
Description:  MP3 player provided with adaptor "PROCOMP" - 256 MB (power supply unit of switch-type model No. CD-01). Type/model: LUCKYSTAR A03 (model No: NA700).
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Hungary
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 24

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Alert number: 0356/06       
Category:  Cosmetics
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 
Risks linked to the presence of mercury.

Severe erythematous, oedematous eczema appeared five hours after application of the product. Patch-test showed up strongly positive for mercury.
 

Measures taken by economic operators: No measures adopted. (By: Other)
Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): No measures adopted.

 
Description:  Anti-freckle cosmetic cream "DIANA" Description: Net weight: 30 g. Descriptions in English, French and Arabic on the packaging. List of ingredients: sweet almond oil, beeswax, salicylic acid, subnitrate of bismuth, preservatives, fragrance.
Country of origin:  Lebanon
Alert submitted by:  France
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 24

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Alert number: 0347/06       
Category:  Decorative articles
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 
The sample of that product was submitted for testing and found to fail the following requirements of the standard:

– wick guard not fitted, wick exposed;

– filler cap not secure, a push fit glass tube;

– oil leaked freely when lamp tipped over;

– no labelling, including nothing about the danger of oil ingestion and what to do if it is accidentally ingested.

This product poses a risk of poisoning that can occur following the ingestion of even small quantities of the oil used as fuel. A condition known as lipoid pneumonia may be caused by the entry into a child’s lung by a very small quantity of the oil, as is likely in the event of aspiration following vomiting. Part of the lung may fill with fluid which may then become infected or turn to fibrous tissue. The short term effect is serious breathing difficulty that may result in death. The hazard recognition of this possibility is remote unless clear instructions and warnings are used.

The risks associated with fire are obvious, and hazard recognition is good.

This product does not comply with the relevant European Standard.
 

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

 
Description:  Glass and metal decorative oil lamp, square in shape in clear plastic box. Brand, type/number of model: Unknown.
Country of origin:  The Netherlands
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 24

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Alert number: 0351/06       
Category:  Decorative articles
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Burns, Fire
 
During the combustion of the candle, the coffee beans incorporated in the candle caught fire, with a flame particularly powerful (reached a height of approximately 10-12cm), resulting in the candle cut in half and wax overflowing at the sides. Judging from the flame intensity, it is likely that burns may be caused in individuals that have not realised that the candle is being destroyed.

Under certain conditions, a fire can be generated in closed spaces, due to the powerful flame.
 

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

 
Description:  Decorative candle with coffee beans "VICKO" Type/model: Code 462-55301.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 24