Rapid Alert System - Weekly Report

Report 27 ( Published on: 14/07/2006)

 
Weekly report Products with serious risks 

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Alert number: 0421/06       
Category:  Hobby/sports equipment
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  27-259, 27-260
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
Due to the errors in the production process the welding that holds the steering part of the bicycle becomes too weak. The supplier received 400 consumer complaints.
 

Measures taken by economic operators: Withdrawal from the market. (By: Other)

 
Description:  Bicycle "TRIWEEL RED"
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Sweden
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 27

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Alert number: 0411/06       
Category:  Chemical products
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Burns
 
- The packaging does not provide any information about the amount of gel to be used, where to use it (open or closed space) or the conditions of use (for lighting or relighting fires). It only says "Use in oil lamps: Filling height – do not fill the burner to the top".


- This preparation is made up of methyl ethyl ketone (5%, (Flashpoint: -4 °C) and ethanol (75-95%) (Flashpoint: 13 °C). Its composition means that the AGA burning gel is a dangerous preparation and, according to existing legislation, is classified as "Highly flammable". As such, it must be stored, packaged and labelled in accordance with Decree-Law No 82/2003 of 23 April 2003. It has a very low flashpoint and is therefore likely to present serious dangers to the user when used near a flame, as is the case under its normal conditions of use. The fact that the product is a gel and could therefore be spilt increases the danger surrounding its use, due to its flammability and its toxicity.


- Although the warning information on the product’s label states "Keep away from sources of ignition", the fact that the purpose of the gel is to facilitate burning means that it may be used to relight a fire and the user might consequently get burnt.


- After various tests to open and close the bottle, it was concluded that the safety cap does not always work, which poses an additional risk when using this product.


- Although the label carries the symbol for danger (F) printed in black on an orange background, there is no tactile warning of danger.


- The warning information on the label is difficult to read.
 

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

 
Description:  AGA Burning Gel.
Country of origin:  Switzerland
Alert submitted by:  Portugal
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 27

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Alert number: 0410/06       
Category:  Lighting chains
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Icicle
 
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 cross-section area of the product’s internal and external wiring is less than required;

- there is no label attached to the product bearing the required markings and indicating type (category) of product and Class II.


This product does not comply with the LVD Directive and the European Standards on electrical products.
 

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

 
Description:  100 lamps
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 27

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Alert number: 0413/06       
Category:  Lighting chains
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock, Fire
 
This product poses a risk of electric shock and fire because:


- The cross section area of the lighting chain’s wiring is less than specified.

- There is inadequate cord anchorage.

- There is inappropriate distance between the plug and the first lamp.

- There is inadequate dielectric resistance.

- The Greek instructions for use are missing.


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

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

 
Description:  100 miniature lights – Five way flasher Decorative 100 lamps lighting chain with five way flasher, packed in red paper box depicting part of Christmas tree, with the indications: 100 MINIATURE LIGHTS, FIVE WAY FLASHER, For indoor use, Pre-tested, Steady burning or flashing, Guaranteed to light, Full size set, One goes out, rest stay lit, Included spare bulbs, Energy saver.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 27

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Alert number: 0415/06       
Category:  Lighting chains
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock, Fire
 
This product poses a risk of electric shock and fire because:


- The cross section area of the product’s internal and external wiring is less than required.

- There is no indication regarding the supply cord’s insulation type.

- The cord anchorage on the controller and the inlet of the conductors in the controller are inadequate.

- The plug is non-standardized.

- Although the product is intended for indoor use only, an inaccurate statement permitting also outdoor use is placed on the packaging.


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

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

 
Description:  140 twinkle lights
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 27

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Alert number: 0420/06       
Category:  Lighting equipment
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  MA5070
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 
This product poses a risk of electric shock because:


- There is access to live parts when globe removed in normal use to replace lamp.

- Cord anchorage of supply cable is inadequate; it is achieved by knot tied in cable inside lamp globe.

- Mechanical strength of the mains supply cable is inadequate; cross sectional area is 0.5mm2 compared with the required 1.0mm2.


This product does not comply with the LV Directive and the European Standard 60598-2-4:1998.
 

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

 
Description:  Tent light "Sunnflair" 230V.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 27

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Alert number: 0419/06       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Motorcycle
 
Brand: Harley-Davidson
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  XL2
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
The front master brake cylinder assembly installed on these vehicles had been built with inadequate lubrication on the secondary cup.

This could cause too slow return of the piston upon release of the brake and in extreme cases, the piston may not return completely. If this happens, the rear brake light could remain illuminated which could result in an accident, since the rider cannot warn the drivers of other vehicles when reduces the speed of his motorcycle.
 

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

 
Description:  2004 and 2005 model year motorcycles built from June 25, 2003 to June 3, 2005. VIN numbers: 5HD1CLP104K445318 5HD1CLP105K428665 5HD1CLP195K428308 5HD4CKM415K464192 5HD4CKM425K463746 5HD4CKM435K466381 5HD4CKM445K464008 5HD4CKM445K464042 5HD4CKM455K439845 5HD4CKM475K459109 5HD4CKM485K457952 5HD4CKM485K464156 5HD4CKM495K466272 5HD4CKM4X5K456947 5HD4CKM4X5K463980
Country of origin:  United Kingdom
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 27

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Alert number: 0409/06       
Category:  Childcare articles and children's equipment
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Suffocation
 
The product poses a risk of suffocation because eight satin loops have a circumference of more than the maximum limit of 360 mm laid down in the standard EN 1466. The average circumference of each of the eight loops is 570 mm.

A 9-month-old child died following strangulation with a loop into which the child put its head.
 

Measures taken by economic operators: Voluntary withdrawal from the market and recall from consumers by the producer (By: Other)
Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Sales ban and press release ordered by the authority

 
Description:  Cot bumper "NOUGATINE" Type/number of model: YORI.
Country of origin:  France
Alert submitted by:  France
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 27

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Alert number: 0417/06       
Category:  Childcare articles and children's equipment
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  191-8
 
Batch number / Barcode:  6902758012523
 
Risk type:  Choking, Injuries
 
The product poses a risk of injury because:


- Walkers folding mechanism has only one blocking device which can loosen by using 50 N force.

- Walker does not pass structure strength test (all screws fall out and walker dismantles).

- Belt fixing device is not protected against unfastening and injuries.

In addition, the product poses also a risk of choking because when performing tension test, propellers on the playing space detach and they fit the small parts cylinder.


This product does not comply with the European Standards EN 1273 and EN 71.
 

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

 
Description:  Walker.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Lithuania
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 27

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Alert number: 0414/06       
Category:  Recreational crafts
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Kawasaki
 
Name: Jet ski "KAWASAKI" (Personal Water Craft)
 
Type / number of model:  JT1100-C/F/G, JT1200-B/D, JT1500-A
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Fire
 
In some units, the fuel tank vent hose may have been kinked or bent during set-up or service, creating the possibility of a fuel leak into the engine compartment. In certain models equipping the electric fuel pump, the kinked fuel tank vent hose could cause the fuel pump to separate from its mounting flange. Refuelling the vessel after this occurrence could result in fuel leaking into the engine compartment leading to a risk of fire.
 

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

 
Description:  The corrective action concerns model JT1100-C/F/G built in 2000-2003; model JT1200-B/D built in 2003-2006 and model JT1500-A built in 2004-2006.
Country of origin:  United States
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 27

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Alert number: 0408/06       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Latex Carnival mask "Halloween"
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode:  8422269692355
 
Risk type:  Suffocation
 
This mask presents a risk of suffocation because the ventilation surface area is smaller than the minimal ventilation area required by the standard (1 300 mm²).


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

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

 
Description:  The product is invoiced under number 3275 FM (69235).
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 27

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Alert number: 0416/06       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode:  5018583138336
 
Risk type:  Chemical, Choking
 
This product poses a risk of choking because a squeaky mechanism may be detached from the toy and may be put into mouth by children. The squeaky mechanism has very small dimensions and during the laboratory tests it fitted within the small parts cylinder. This product also poses a chemical risk because these toys contain phthalate DEHP, which is classified as category 2 – toxic material for reproduction (dolphin - 5, 61 %, duck - 14, 3 %, frog - 17, 0 %).


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

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

 
Description:  Toy attached to soap "Soapmeet"
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Lithuania
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 27

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Alert number: 0418/06       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Soft toy "MUCCA VIOLA soft toy"
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking, Injuries
 
This product does not comply with the Toys Standard because the batteries are accessible for children.


The toy poses a risk of choking because it includes a small element (tag fastener) which can be put by children in mouth
The product does not include relevant warnings, for instance concerning batteries.


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

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

 
Description:  Soft toy cow, measures: 360 x 300 x 150 mm.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Italy
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 27

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Alert number: 0412/06       
Category:  Construction products
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Saracen SXL Security Friction Hinge and Egress E3 Restricted Friction Hinge.
 
Type / number of model:  Various
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
The product poses a risk of a person and, in particular, a child, falling out of a restricted but open window.

The restricted window hinge should restrict opening the window to approximately 100mm and the designed resistance load to overcome the restriction should be at least 600N. The potential is for the restrictor mechanism to fail somewhere below 600N of pressure and the window sash to open further than 100mm leading to a risk of falling out of the window. During testing, the restrictive hinge gave way on some occasions between 600N and 150N.

This product does not comply with the relevant standard BS 6375 and BS 8213.

No accidents have been reported but there has been one complaint of failed product.
 

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

 
Description:  Restricted Window Friction Hinge - Laird Security Hardware.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 27