Rapid Alert System - Weekly Report

Report 47 ( Published on: 01/12/2006)

 
Weekly report Products with serious risks 

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Alert number: 0778/06       
Category:  Furniture
 
Product:  Folding chair
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode:  4003368173009
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
The product poses a serious risk of crash/jam/brake of fingers because it does not have a locking mechanism when unfolded. When attempting to move the chair by lifting the seat, there is a possible risk of shear and squeeze point between movable parts of the folding construction of the product. The product does not comply with the relevant European standard EN 581.

An incident where both hands of an eight year old child were injured (the fingers were trapped between movable parts of the chair) has been reported.
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  Germany
Alert submitted by:  Czech Republic
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 47

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Alert number: 0780/06       
Category:  Hobby/sports equipment
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  203
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Health risk / other
 
The class indicated for the laser pointer beam, namely Class II, is not consistent to EN 60825-1 standard because of the irradiance output mentioned above.

The output irradiances of the laser pointer beam is 4.2mW while the marketing and sale of pointers generating more than 1 mW is prohibited by Ministerial Decision on laser products.
 

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

 
Description:  super air sport gun
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 47

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Alert number: 0776/06       
Category:  Chemical products
 
Product:  Decalcifier
 
Brand: Imperial / Miele ‘CC’ Decalcifier
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  No. 2.673
 
Batch number / Barcode:  8027281400013
 
Risk type:  Chemical, Injuries
 
- although this product is classified as corrosive, it is labelled as irritant only. Therefore, consumers are not informed about the true risks posed by the product.

- about half of the closing caps are leaking. It is therefore likely that consumers have skin contact with the fluid and inhale the vapour. It is also not unlikely that consumers contaminate their fingers and consequently touch their eyes. Skin contact will cause burns, inhalation may cause irritation of the airways, and eye contact may cause injuries.

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains approximately 25% of formic acid and a small amount of 2-butyn-1,4-diol.
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  Germany
Alert submitted by:  The Netherlands
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 47

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Alert number: 0782/06       
Category:  Lighters
 
Product:  Dagger lighter
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Cuts, Injuries
 
The product poses a risk of injury and cuts for the user in case he presses the button and unleashes the hidden blade when he tries to light a cigarette. This lighter is also a disguised knife, which is prohibited in Greece. There is no indication of how the flame is produced.
 

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Confiscation of products ordered by the authority. A press release has been issued.

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 47

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Alert number: 0773/06       
Category:  Lighting equipment
 
Product:  Garden torches
 
Brand: Aristo
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Paris Antique - 823629, Roma – 8 A823619, Vienne GM ACI – 828691
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Fire
 
The garden torches were found to be dangerous because the various parts are not secured. They consist of components (fuel container, wick guide) which are not fixed to the items on which they are mounted and which can become detached, giving rise to a fire hazard when the fuel spills out. Since the various components of the torch are not secured, there is a risk of fire or of the user's sustaining burns, if the torch is accidentally knocked over.
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  Denmark
Alert submitted by:  France
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 47

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Alert number: 0785/06       
Category:  Lighting equipment
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Litecom
 
Name: Ceiling lamp with 2D fluorescent lamp (fixed luminaire)
 
Type / number of model:  C07/16W (type versions: C07/21W, C07/38W)
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 
This product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive and the LVD Standards.

This product poses a serious risk of electric shock because sharp edges protrude into the wireways and the wires of the stranded conductor can get into contact with accessible metal parts. The instruction of installation does not refer to the product in question.
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Hungary
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 47

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Alert number: 0786/06       
Category:  Lighting equipment
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Litecom
 
Name: Ceiling lamps with 2D fluorescent lamp (fixed luminaire).
 
Type / number of model:  1. 2011/21W (type version: 2011/38W), 2. A09/28W (type version: A08/21W), 3. A05/38W (type version: A05/21W)
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 
- the instruction of installation does not refer to the product in question.



The products pose a serious risk of fire because the external plastic cover of the terminal block (product 1) or the plastic cover of the electronic ballast (products 2 and 3) catch fire and burning does not stop within the time limit specified in the standard.

The products pose a serious risk of electric shock because:- the free wires of the stranded conductor can get into contact with accessible metal parts;

The products do not comply with the Low Voltage Directive and the relevant European standard EN 60598.
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by: 
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 47

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Alert number: 0768/06       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Opel
 
Name: Van Opel Movano
 
Type / number of model:  Movano
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
This product poses a serious risk of injuries because cracks in the parking brake lever in the brake’s rear clamp may reduce the operation of the parking brake. If the parking brake does not work, the vehicle may move from its parked position and cause collisions with other vehicles or pedestrians and produce traffic accidents.
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  France
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 47

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Alert number: 0775/06       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Motorcycle
 
Brand: Honda
 
Name: Honda Deauville
 
Type / number of model:  NT 700 VA (VTMRC52B*6E000002 - VTMRC52B*6E008941)
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
A fixing nut of the rear brake pipe may not be sufficiently fastened, which may result in brake fluid leak.
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  Spain
Alert submitted by:  Portugal
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 47

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Alert number: 0766/06       
Category:  Protective equipment
 
Product:  Professional Lifejacket with green outer cover
 
Brand: Englands
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Drowning
 
Manual operation of lifejacket requires force greater than standard allows to operate. Fault was identified by manufacturer as fault with FITTING of a particular “UML” Firing Head into this specific model. Tight packing of the outer cover can sometimes lead to a restriction of the manual operation pull cord. Where fitted, the automatic operation for inflation of these lifejackets is NOT affected. The inflation tag was subjected to the forces as required by EN 396:1993 part 6.8.4. and the firing head failed to operate at the maximum allowable force of 120 N (+2N).
 

Measures taken by economic operators: Voluntary recall from consumers ordered by the manufacturer (By: Other)

 
Description:  Type/Number of models: ONLY those purchased between September 1997 and July 2006
Country of origin:  United Kingdom
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 47

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Alert number: 0767/06       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Plastic toy- dragon with drum
 
Brand: Dragon baby
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  2102
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 
The graphic symbol indicating that the toy is not suitable for children under 3 years is displayed on the box. However, given the toy's nature and functions, it is in fact intended for this age group.

This product poses a serious risk of choking because the small parts detached and became accessible for children during the drop test. A child can swallow or choke on the small parts which became detached. The warnings which must be placed on toys with batteries are incomplete.

This toy 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 authorities.

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 47

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Alert number: 0769/06       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Baby buggy for dolls
 
Brand: MDJ Distribution
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  14 XI 0052
 
Batch number / Barcode:  3564531025026
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
The product poses a risk of injury because it collapses during the 50kg load test, in an unlocked, partially unfolded position, with places where fingers could get trapped. Due to this non-compliance, the product poses an unacceptable risk for children of trapped and/or crushed fingers.


The toy does not comply with the Toys Directive and the relevant European standard EN 71-1.
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  France
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 47

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Alert number: 0771/06       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  a) Wooden jigsaw puzzle (eagle) b) Wooden jigsaw puzzle (penguins)
 
Brand: Ronald A/S
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  No 431520
 
Batch number / Barcode:  5 709557 614832
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 
These toys pose a serious chemical risk because they contain formaldehyde:


- a) total amount released 1133 mg formaldehyde;


- b) total amount released 1243 mg formaldehyde.



Formaldehyde can cause mucous membrane irritation and cancer.
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 47

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Alert number: 0774/06       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Wooden jigsaw puzzles (lion)
 
Brand: Free & Easy
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode:  8711295590320
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 
The product poses a chemical risk because it contains formaldehyde which can cause mucous membrane irritation and cancer. The total amount of formaldehyde released from the toy is 253 mg.
 

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

 
Description:  Type/number of model: Ref.: 106 WGR: 912; Order No: 97051
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 47

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Alert number: 0777/06       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Type 191-1
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 
This product poses a serious risk of choking because:


- the equipment emitting a sound becomes removed after the tension test and it fits into the cylinder for small parts;

- the small balls are attainable after the tests and pass through template E;

- during the tension test, parts of the toy become detached and they fit the small parts cylinder;

- the toy becomes damaged during the drop and impact tests, including the creation of sharp edges and detachment of small balls;

- there are no necessary warnings on the toy.


The product does not comply with the Toys Directive and the relevant European standard EN 71-1.
 

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

 
Description:  Rattle
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Czech Republic
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 47

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Alert number: 0784/06       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Unknown
 
Brand: The First Years
 
Name: “Shake ‘n Jingle” Keys
 
Type / number of model:  Y2852
 
Batch number / Barcode:  071463028528
 
Risk type:  Choking
 
The product poses a choking hazard to young children because the coloured top portion of the keys can crack, resulting in the release of small parts.

Consumer complaints regarding this product have been recorded.
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 47

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Alert number: 0781/06       
Category:  Cosmetics
 
Product:  Eye mask
 
Brand: Fresh Line
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Eye Mask Potato, Cod. No. 01176
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Microbiological
 
The product poses a risk of infection because it contains 5.8x104 – 5x106 cfu/g total aerobic microbial count whereas maximum accepted limit is 100 cfu/g. The product does not comply with the Cosmetics Directive
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  Greece
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 47

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Alert number: 0783/06       
Category:  Cosmetics
 
Product:  Baby cream
 
Brand: Antoshka
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  1. Baby cream with aloe vera and camomile, 2. Baby cream with Calendula, 3. Baby cream for windy and bad weather
 
Batch number / Barcode:  1. 4607010313020, 2. 4607010313037, 3. 460704031013
 
Risk type:  Microbiological
 
These products pose bacteriological risks because they contain bacteria Pseudomonas aeruginosa.Furthermore, the mesophilic aerobic microorganisms count was found to be:


- 6 500 ufc/g (Baby cream with aloe vera and camomile and Baby cream for windy and bad weather)

- 3 ufc/g (Baby cream with Calendula).


The mesophilic aerobic microorganisms count exceeds the limits set in the Manual for Microbiological Checks on Cosmetic Products prepared by the Cosmetics Advisory Committee.
 

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

 
Description:  1. produced: 03.2006, best before: 03.2008 and produced: 06.2006, best before: 06.2008 2. used with diapers, produced: 11.2005, best before: 11.2007 3. with panthenol and vitamin E, produced: 07.2006, best before: 07.2008
Country of origin:  Russian Federation
Alert submitted by:  Estonia
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 47

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Alert number: 0772/06       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Picture light with sports car
 
Brand: Collection Roby
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  187/7783
 
Batch number / Barcode:  8435116 277831
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 
The product has several serious shortcomings with regard to electrical safety, comprising essential aspects of classification, marking, construction, and protection against electric shock and creepage, and can therefore be considered to be very dangerous. In particular:

- the lamp does not offer sufficient protection against electric shocks;

-various parts of the lamp have no double insulation;

- perforation occurs in the dielectric strength test;

- creepage and air gaps are smaller than required;

- the lamp does not comply with the requirements for mounting slits;

- the inside cable of the lamp does not comply with the requirements;

- the anchoring system incorporated into the lamp is non-compliant;

- the lamp provides no classification for the protection against electric shocks, for the degree of protection or for the material of the supporting surface;

- there is no necessary marking on the lamps.


The product does not comply with the LVD Directive and the relevant European standard EN 60598.
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 47

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Alert number: 0779/06       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Three-socket extension cord with a child safety switch
 
Brand: KF
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  KF-FB-03
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock, Injuries
 
The extension cord is not safe as its insulation may be damaged under certain circumstances which can cause injury by electric current and fire hazard. In particular, the product suffers from the following non-compliances with standards:

- the tensile strength of insulation is less than the 10 MPa required (green-yellow – measured value of 6.87 MPa, blue – measured value of 8.19 MPa, brown – measured value of 7.76 MPa) ;

- as to vertical spread of fire, the entire product burns.
The product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive and the relevant European standards EN 60811 and EN 50265.
 

Measures taken by economic operators: Voluntary withdrawal of the product from the market and warning of customers by the supplier (By: Other)

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Slovakia
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 47