Rapid Alert System - Weekly Report

Report 31 ( Published on: 11/08/2006)

 
Weekly report Products with serious risks 

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Alert number: 0482/06       
Category:  Kitchen/cooking accessories
 
Product:  Water drinking pump
 
Brand: HUILE
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  MC06-1054
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Health risk / other
 
The metal spring inside the pump is constructed by a material which is oxidising very quickly. As a result of the oxidation small particles of rusted metal are detached from the spring and fall into the water
 

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

 
Description:  A cylindrical manual water pump consisting of 3 parts, which fits most standard bottles . The pump consist of three parts: the upper part “pump head” of blue colour, the middle part “cylinder case” of white colour and the lower part “lower cylinder” of blue colour to which an elbow pipe is attached for pouring the water into a glass and a 3-pieces pipe which is used for pumping the water from the bottle. The pump has 15,5 cm height and 7 cm diameter.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Cyprus
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 31

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Alert number: 0488/06       
Category:  Laser pointers
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Laser & LED Light
 
Batch number / Barcode:  4260000300012
 
Risk type:  Damage to sight
 
This product poses a risk of damage to sight because a laser radiation output was more than 3 mW (the maximum limit value is 1 mW). The warning is not in German. Classification is not in accordance with DIN EN 60825-1. This product does not comply with the European Standard.
 

Measures taken by economic operators: Placing on the market and sale stopped voluntarily by the importer. (By: Other)

 
Description:  Laser Pointer with flexible LED light and magnet on battery compartment.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 31

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Alert number: 0496/06       
Category:  Lighting equipment
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Economic Art: 990526
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock, Injuries
 
This product poses a risk of electric shock because during the replacement of the lamp the nipple fixing the lamp holder can loosen, which may cause electric shock. The stability of the product is not satisfactory (it tipped over during the tests).



The Hungarian instruction for use does not refer to the product concerned and does not contain the safety rules of the luminaire to be followed during the usage and the safety warnings in Hungarian.
 

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

 
Description:  Economic lighting “Lava lamp”
Country of origin:  Austria
Alert submitted by:  Hungary
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 31

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Alert number: 0501/06       
Category:  Lighting equipment
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name:  1.Reading Lamp, 2.Clock & Lamp, 3.Lamp & Clock.
 
Type / number of model:  1. 8132S, 2. 1028A (colour version: 1028B), 3. NO.FS0031D (colour versions: NO.FS0031A; NO.FS0031B; NO.FS0031C)
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 
These products pose a risk of electric shock because:


- the live part of the lamp head is accessible by test finger;

- the cross section area of the flexible cable is less than required;

- the plug fails to meet the requirement of the standard,

- the cable inlets on the switch have sharp edges and are not rounded,
thus the cable can get damaged;

- the internal wires may get into contact with or are pressed to sharp edges;

- in case of detachment of soldered connections the wire may slip out of the cover, therefore live parts become accessible.


These products do not comply with the Low Voltage Directive and LVD Standards.
 

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

 
Description:  Luminaires with built-in clock (3 products)
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Hungary
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 31

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Alert number: 0497/06       
Category:  Machinery
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock, Fire, Injuries
 
This product poses a risk of electric shock because internal wires are not fixed and they can get into contact with sharp edges and get damaged.

There is a risk of injuries due to the permanent deformation of the cutting wedge.

This product poses a risk of fire because during the normal load test the appliance emitted smoke and after that caught fire.

This product does not include all required markings.
This circular saw does not comply with the Machinery Directive and the European Standards.
 

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

 
Description:  Circular saw “Mans friend” Type/model: MF/CS185D-824.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Hungary
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 31

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Alert number: 0498/06       
Category:  Machinery
 
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 because:

- during the electric strength test the breakdown occurred (unsatisfactory insulation);

- certain internal wires which are not fixed can get into contact with moving parts and get damaged.

This grinder also poses a risk of fire because during normal load test the functioning of the machine became abnormal, smoke was emitted through the ventilation holes and the product caught fire.

Due to the short-circuit and fire the commutator and the insulation of the stator-coil and armature coil burned down.
This product does not include all required markings.

This angle grinder does not comply with the Machinery Directive and the European Standards.
 

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

 
Description:  Angle grinder “Man’s friend” Type/model: MF 125-104.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Hungary
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 31

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Alert number: 0499/06       
Category:  Machinery
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  PG-AG0109 (Z1M-115)
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 
This product poses a risk of electric shock because the electric connections (made by twisting flexible internal wires) as well as the insulating tubes are not secured against loosening.



This product does not include all required markings.
The Hungarian instruction manual is not complete.
This angle grinder does not comply with the Machinery Directive and the European Standards.
 

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

 
Description:  Angle grinder “Power GT”
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Hungary
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 31

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Alert number: 0500/06       
Category:  Machinery
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  WN115AG
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock, Fire
 
This product poses a risk of electric shock because certain internal wires are not fixed, thus they can get into contact with moving parts and get damaged. During the electric strength test breakdown occurred
(unsatisfactory reinforce insulation).



This product poses a risk of fire because during the normal load test the speed suddenly dropped, smoke was emitted through the ventilation holes and the appliance caught fire.
Due to the short-circuit and fire the insulation of the stator-coil and armature coil burnt down.



This product does not include all required markings.
The Hungarian instruction manual significantly differs from the English text.



This angle grinder does not comply with the Machinery Directive and the European Standards.
 

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

 
Description:  Angle grinder “Winner"
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Hungary
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 31

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Alert number: 0481/06       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Passenger car
 
Brand: Toyota
 
Name: Toyota Land Cruiser 120
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
After the original brake fluid in the vehicle in question is replaced, the rear seal of the main brake pump can shift, leading to a small leakage of fluid. If the leak persists, the brake pedal may feel spongy when pressed and the brake indicator light will come on.
 

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

 
Description:  Model: Vehicles produced between 2002 and 2005.
Country of origin:  Japan
Alert submitted by:  Portugal
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 31

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Alert number: 0487/06       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Motorcycle
 
Brand: Derbi
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  GP1. 50 cc RACE
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
Possible fracture of the rear shock absorber support, with risk of a fall on blockage of the rear wheel.
Four cases of fracture of the shock absorber support are known, with minor injuries to the rider.
 

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

 
Description:  This operation covers 4626 vehicles. The chassis numbers concerned are: -vthpr1a1a3g229095 to vthpr1a1a3g229209; -vthpr1a1a5g221876 to vthpr1a1a5g23237.
Country of origin:  Spain
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 31

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Alert number: 0494/06       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Passenger car
 
Brand: Toyota
 
Name: Toyota Yaris, Yaris Verso, Prius
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
Due to loss of control of the vehicle, the product poses a risk of accident. Given the improper moulding of the resin body of the crankshaft position sensor installed on the engine block, engine oil may penetrate the seal and enter the sensor wiring connector. In this condition, engine oil inside the sensor wiring connector could cause expansion due to the heat of the engine and could deform the sensor wiring connector. In the worst case, the connector may become disconnected, which could cause the engine to stall while driving and not be able to be restarted.
 

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

 
Description:  Affected range produced between 31 January 2001 and 29 October 2001 (Yaris), 8 October 2001 (Yaris Verso) or 8 November 2001 (Prius).
Country of origin:  Japan
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 31

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Alert number: 0502/06       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Passenger car
 
Brand: Alfa Romeo
 
Name: Alfa Romeo
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 

In some of the above-mentioned vehicles, the VDC System cannot recognize the spare wheel, due to its different size from the normal wheels. As a result the ABS does not function in a case of accident.


 

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

 
Description:  Type/model: Alfa Romeo GT and 147 cars equipped with VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control System), without engine 3.2 Petrol. The chassis numbers: - for Alfa Romeo GT, from 3144007 to 3321295 and from 5081439 to 5210113 (produced from November 2003 to December 2005); - for Alfa Romeo 147, from 3228724 to 3328468 and from 5144149 to 5216111 (produced from June 2004 to January 2006).
Country of origin:  Italy
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 31

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Alert number: 0485/06       
Category:  Protective equipment
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  ACE
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
This product does not comply with the European Standard EN-1077, with respect to:



- capacity for shock absorption (the shock absorption test registered the value of 292g in the upper impact zone while the standard does not allow values over 250g);



- markings (the indicated weight of the helmet was incorrect);



- information for users (the language used was not correct, lack of information on how to adjust the helmet adequately and put it on properly to ensure adequate protection, lack of warning that the helmet should be replaced or disposed of after receiving a violent impact).
 

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

 
Description:  Children ski helmet “Acerbis”
Country of origin:  Italy
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 31

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Alert number: 0503/06       
Category:  Childcare articles and children's equipment
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 
This product poses a risk of choking because garment fastener detached during the tensile tests and has not ventilation holes.

This product does not comply with the European Standard.

 

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

 
Description:  Soother holder “Happy Angel” Type/model: Barcode: 47165666700062.
Country of origin:  Taiwan
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 31

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Alert number: 0480/06       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  008
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Suffocation
 
The product does not meet requirements of European Standard EN 71-1-2005 as defined in paragraphs 5.1 and 8.5.
 

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

 
Description:  Toy boom box “TENG LONG” Description: Unknown.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Cyprus
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 31

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Alert number: 0483/06       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking, Suffocation
 
The product does not meet requirements of European Standard EN 71-1-2005 as defined in paragraphs 5.1 and 8.5.
 

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

 
Description:  Baby toy play set “INTELLECTIVE BABY TOY” Type/number of model: NO.22813D.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Cyprus
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 31

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Alert number: 0484/06       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries, Suffocation
 
The product does not meet requirements of paragraph 5.4(a),(e) and 8.20 of European Standard EN 71-1-2005.
 

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

 
Description:  Plastic toy bears “INTELLIGENCE FUNNY TOYS” Type/model: No. 301A.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Cyprus
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 31

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Alert number: 0486/06       
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 the seams of the teddy bear that comes with the doll tear with a force of less than 70N, exposing the stuffing (small plastic balls) and a magnet.



As the seams are easily torn, a child could swallow the stuffing and the magnet and choke on them.



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:  Soft doll with white teddy bear “Famosa” Model - Mi Primer Nenuco, Article 7000002325. <b>Important: the notification only concerns models with teddy bear of WHITE colour. The model containing PINK teddy complies with the norms.</b>
Country of origin:  Spain
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 31

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Alert number: 0489/06       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode:  4038967171309
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 
Prohibited azodyes were used in the manufacture of this doll. Breakdown of one or more of the azo groups can lead to the formation of one of the carcinogenic amines. 263 mg/kg 3,3´-dimethylbenzidine (CAS No: 119-93-7) was found in the red ribbons on the doll.

 

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

 
Description:  Rag doll (labeled "RL"). additional number on the label: 117130.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 31

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Alert number: 0493/06       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 
The laboratory tests revealed that this toy – which is intended for children under 36 months – includes excessive quantity of phthalates contained in the PVC thereby posing a chemical risk for children who could put the toy in their mouth while playing.
 

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

 
Description:  Plastic toy in the shape of a fish “MORBIDELLI”
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Italy
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 31

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Alert number: 0492/06       
Category:  Clothing, textiles and fashion items
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 
This product poses a chemical risk to consumers because prohibited azo dyes were used.
The aromatic amine 3,3´-dimethylbenzidine (52 mg/kg) were detected.


 

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

 
Description:  Workman's cap (marine blue colour) Article No: 9618485340019, label: 321224 9.36.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 31

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Alert number: 0490/06       
Category:  Cosmetics
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Microbiological
 
This product contains bacteria - klebsiella pneumoniae (total aerobic bacteria count: 1 x 105 cfu/g).




 

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

 
Description:  Washing gel “Balea” for normal and mixed skin types with lotus blossom and pro-vitamin B5. Type/number of model: MHD:10.2008, Batch code: 48132.
Country of origin:  Switzerland
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 31

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Alert number: 0491/06       
Category:  Cosmetics
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Not available
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 
This product poses a risk of chronic mercury poisoning if used over an extended period. Sample contains 5.0% of a mercury compound.
Since skin lighteners are used over extended periods, the possibility of chronic mercury poisoning must be taken into account. The product is harmful to health.
 

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

 
Description:  Skin lightener “Stillman’s Skin Bleach Cream”
Country of origin:  United States
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 31

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Alert number: 0495/06       
Category:  Decorative articles
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock, Fire
 
The product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive and the standard EN 60598 on 9 check points, including:

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

- The product does not meet the marking requirements, including wattage, voltage, frequency, Class II symbol and indoor use indication.

- The Greek instructions for use are missing.
 

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

 
Description:  Decorative yellow coloured lighting star-shaped tube, sold unpacked and without any indications on it. Type/model: Lichterkette für Innen.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 31

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Alert number: 0479/06       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  DL512
 
Batch number / Barcode:  200004320508
 
Risk type:  Fire
 
During the normal operation test the contacts of the switch broke down, the basement effused, the plate of the contacts stuck to the basement and the body of the switch did not resist the heat. The switch does not meet requirements of Low voltage directive.

 

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

 
Description:  Electrical Switch with two keys “Donglin”
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Lithuania
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 31