Rapid Alert System - Weekly Report

Report 52 ( Published on: 12/01/2007)

 
Weekly report Products with serious risks 

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Alert number: 0006/07       
Category:  Furniture
 
Product:  Round barbecue grill
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Burns, Fire
 
The product poses a risk of burns and fire because its construction is unstable. While changing the position of the grate, the barbecue grill, irrespective of the type of ground, loses its stability and can easily overturn. Furthermore, the change of the grate’s position involves holding the grill pan or the wind guard, which in turn can cause consumer to suffer severe burns.
 

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

 
Description:  Category: Garden furniture Product: Round barbecue grill Brand: TOYA Type/number of model: 99500
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Poland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 52

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Alert number: 0010/07       
Category:  Hobby/sports equipment
 
Product:  Treadmill
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Fire
 

One of the elements of the electronic installation in the notified treadmill can overheat and be the cause of fire ignition.


One incident has been reported in France, however no one suffered injuries.

 

Measures taken by economic operators: Voluntary withdrawal from the market, recall from consumers, information to consumers by the importer  (By: Other)

 
Description:  Category: Hobby/sport equipment Product: Treadmill Brand: Domyos Type/number of model: TC 530
Country of origin:  Taiwan
Alert submitted by:  Poland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 52

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Alert number: 0002/07       
Category:  Lighters
 
Product:  Lighter
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 

This product poses a risk of explosion because it does not comply with the provision of the relevant European standard EN ISO 9994 regarding resistance to elevated temperatures. According to the standard, gas lighters with a sealed compartment filled with non-absorbed fuel must be capable of withstanding a temperature of 65o C. 62% of the lighters tested failed to comply with the said requirement.
One incident has been reported where the product exploded in a car that was parked for two days during summer.
 

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

 
Description:  Category: Lighters Product: Lighter Brand: Unknown Type/number of model: Code number 39017
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 52

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Alert number: 0015/07       
Category:  Lighting equipment
 
Product:  Desk lamp with dimmer and clip (portable luminaire)
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 

This product poses a serious risk of electric shock because:

- sharp metal parts protrude into the wireway;


- the basic insulated wires are in contact with accessible metal parts;


- the cross-section area of the core is less than required (0,04 mm²);


- there is no cord anchorage applied protecting wires against pulling and twisting;


- the protecting tube covering the soldered connections can easily move.


This product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive and the relevant European standard EN 60598.
 

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Withdrawal from the market and recall from consumers order by the authority

 
Description:  Category: Lighting equipment Product: Desk lamp with dimmer and clip (portable luminaire) Brand: Klausen (on the packaging) Type/number of model: Flip cu clemă (on the packaging)
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Hungary
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 52

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Alert number: 0017/07       
Category:  Lighting equipment
 
Product:  Desk lamp with dimmer and clip (portable luminaire)
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock, Fire
 
This product poses a serious risk of electric shock because:


- sharp metal parts protrude into the wireway;



- the basic insulated wires are in contact with accessible metal parts;



- the cross-section area of the core is less than required (0,26 mm²);



- the dimensions of the plug do not comply with the requirements;



- the protecting tube are missing.



Since the product tipped over on a slope (15°), due to the overheating of the surface fire may occur.



This product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive and the relevant European standard EN 60598.
 

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Withdrawal from the market and recall from consumers order by the authority

 
Description:  Category: Lighting equipment Product: Desk lamp with dimmer and clip (portable luminaire) Brand: Klausen (on the packaging) Type/number of model: Flip cu talpă (on the packaging)
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Hungary
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 52

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Alert number: 0004/07       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Motorcycle
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 

The fixing nuts of the front or rear wheels may not be tightened to the prescribed torque value. Using the vehicle with loose fixing nuts may cause the wheel studs to break, thus loosening the wheel(s) and rendering the vehicle unstable.
 

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

 
Description:  Category: Motor vehicles Product: Motorcycle Brand: Honda Type/number of model: SCV 100 F5 (motorcycles with numbers ME4JF11A*58009186 –ME4JF11A*58028245)
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Portugal
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 52

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Alert number: 0011/07       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Signal lamp bracket in Kawasaki motorcycles
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 

The product poses a risk of injury because on some eligible units the signal lamp bracket may crack due to vibration and riding conditions, particularly over rough surfaces. If this condition is not corrected, the bracket can become detached from the motorcycle along with the attached license plate, creating a road hazard.
 

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

 
Description:  Category: Motor vehicles Product: Signal lamp bracket in Kawasaki motorcycles Brand: KAWASAKI Type/number of model: Model VN900B6F/B7F, Kawasaki 2006 (B6F) and 2007 (B7F) model year motorcycles, with serial numbers from JKAVN900BBA000453 to JKAVN900BBA010129 (B6F model) and from JKAVN900BBA014014 to JKAVN900BBA016364 (B7F model)
Country of origin:  Japan
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 52

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Alert number: 0018/07       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Passenger cars
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Fire, Injuries
 
The product poses a risk of:


- injury because it may suffer fuel loss due to rupture of the high pressure fuel pipe. This is due to the poor quality of the rubber used in the high pressure fuel pipe clamp. As a result, the engine may cut out while the vehicles are being driven on public highways and cause a traffic accident;



- fire because the fuel escaping from the supply line may end up being atomised at high pressure and once in contact with the hottest parts of the engine, such as the exhaust manifolds, could start a fire through ignition of the gaseous mix. This might affect other key systems of the car whose power supply derives from the running engine.
 

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

 
Description:  Category: Motor vehicles Product: Passenger cars Brand: SSANGYONG Type/number of model: Models Rodius and Rexton (engine D27DT) before 10 April 2006
Country of origin:  Republic of Korea
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 52

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Alert number: 0005/07       
Category:  Childcare articles and children's equipment
 
Product:  Combined baby bathing/changing unit.
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries, Suffocation
 
This baby bathing/changing unit presents a serious risk of trapping various parts of a child's body and the risk of choking because:



- there are holes which permit entry of the 5 mm gauge with a force of less than 30 N, but not of the 12 mm gauge;



- there are holes which permit entry of the 25 mm gauge with a force of less than 30 N but do not permit entry of the 45 mm gauge;



- the gap remaining between the changing table (when open) and the edge of the bath permits entry of the 45 mm gauge with a force of less than 30 N and does not permit entry of the 65 mm gauge;



- the changing unit folds with a force of less than 200 N, with the consequent risk of injury to the child;



- during the test the plastic button on the underside of the changing table became detached with a traction force of less than 90 N, producing a small part which could give rise to choking.




This product does not comply with the relevant European standard EN 12221.
 

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

 
Description:  Category: Children’s equipment Product: Combined baby bathing/changing unit. Brand: PRENATAL Type/number of model: Reference 457817
Country of origin:  Italy
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 52

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Alert number: 0670/06       
Category:  Childcare articles and children's equipment
 
Product:  Wall-mounted baby changing table
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 

The product has numerous shearing points when being opened or closed. The wipe-distributor space is larger than required, with the associated risk that one of the child's limbs may become trapped. There is insufficient lateral protection, which means that there is a risk that the child may fall off the table.
 

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

 
Description:  Category: Childcare articles Product: Wall-mounted baby changing table Brand: KOALA Type/number of model: Reference KBKV
Country of origin:  United States
Alert submitted by:  France
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 52

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Alert number: 0003/07       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Squeaking green toy frog
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical, Choking, Damage to hearing
 
There product poses a risk of:


- choking for children under the age of three years because of the squeaking device, which comes loose during the tensile test at 9N. This squeaking device fits completely into the test cylinder for small parts;



- damage to hearing because the toy can produce an A-weighted single-event sound pressure level of 96dB;



- chemical risk to small children from absorption of phthalates by mouth through the mucous membranes because the toy contains DINP in a concentration of 20%.



The product 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 supplier (By: Other)

 
Description:  Category: Toys Product: Squeaking green toy frog Brand: Unknown Type/number of model: "Grüner Frosch"
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 52

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Alert number: 0009/07       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Binoculars
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains esters of phthalic acid - a mixture of di(2-ethylhexyl)-phthalate, di-isobutyl-phthalate and dibutyl-phthalate – at level of 2,4% by weight.
 

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

 
Description:  Category: Toys Product: Binoculars Brand: AR 217, No FY 138 AB Type/number of model: EAN 8591945010138
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Czech Republic
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 52

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Alert number: 0012/07       
Category:  Clothing, textiles and fashion items
 
Product:  Girl's trousers
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

The analysis of the respective product proved that the nickel content in the metallic parts of trousers exceeds the limit thus this product poses a serious risk to children.


Furthermore this product poses a risk of injuries because the shank under the waistline has bigger girt than is allowed.
 

Measures taken by economic operators: Voluntary actions taken by the distributor: withdrawal from the market, recall from consumers, information to consumers  (By: Other)

 
Description:  Category: Clothing Product: Girl's trousers Brand: COCCODRILLO Type/number of model: Code HK-19-120
Country of origin:  Poland
Alert submitted by:  Slovakia
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 52

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Alert number: 0016/07       
Category:  Clothing, textiles and fashion items
 
Product:  Boy's jumpers and girl's jean jacket
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Strangulation
 

The product poses a risk of strangulation due to the entrapment of the hood cords. Garments intended for young children have draw-strings in the hood. This does not comply with the relevant European standard EN 14682, according to which clothing for small children younger than 7 years and shorter than 134 cm may not include pull-strings, functional and decorative strings that are placed on the hood and in the neck area.
 

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

 
Description:  Category: Clothing Product: Boy's jumpers and girl's jean jacket Brand: ZARA Type/number of model: 1. 6603/6782; 2. 7679/7613; 3. product number unknown
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Finland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 52

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Alert number: 0001/07       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Electric testing and measuring instrument: voltage tester
 
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 probe does not contain all required markings (voltage and type of current) and there is no documentation indicating the rating and instructions for use and maintenance.


This product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive and the relevant European standard.
 

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

 
Description:  Category: Electrical appliances Product: Electric testing and measuring instrument: voltage tester Brand: ALL RIDE Type/number of model: Item No 04445; bar code: 8 711252 044453
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  France
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 52

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Alert number: 0007/07       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Portable electric heater
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 

This product poses a serious risk of electric shock due to accessibility of live parts. During testing, the product did not comply with the mechanical resistance requirement of the relevant European standard EN 60335. Following a shock test with impact energy of 0,5J, the air entry grill broke, letting the test finger come into contact with live parts.
 

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

 
Description:  Category: Heating appliances Product: Portable electric heater Brand: LACO Type/number of model: LACO HT-503 fan heater and LACO NP200M ceramic radiator
Country of origin:  Belgium
Alert submitted by:  France
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 52

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Alert number: 0008/07       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Plug adaptor kit
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 

There is a risk of electric shock due to the fact that the pins of the plug part of the adaptor are accessible when it is partly inserted into a class 0 socket-outlet and the pins make contact with the contacts. Live parts of plugs shall not be accessible when the plug is in partial engagement with a socket-outlet.


Furthermore, it is possible to insert only one pin of a euro plug and of CEE 7 class 0 and I plugs into the socket-outlet part of the adaptor. It shall not be possible to make contact between a pin of a plug and a live socket-outlet part of an adaptor, whilst any other current carrying pin is accessible.
This product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive and the relevant European standard EN 60884.
 

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

 
Description:  Category: Electrical appliances Product: Plug adaptor kit Brand: Targus adaptor kit Type/number of model: PA025E v2 (PWR-115); EAN 5 024442 918605
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Finland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 52

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Alert number: 0013/07       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Coffee maker
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 

This product poses a serious risk of electric shock because:


- the basic insulated live core of the mains cable is pressed against sharp edges of the clip of the earth contact, thus the insulation may get damaged;


- the protecting tubes of the thermal fuses are unfixed and they can get damaged;


- the heating element can strain, due to inappropriate insulation (flashover occurs between the live and earthed parts).


This product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive and the relevant European standard EN 60335.
 

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Withdrawal from the market and recall from consumers ordered by the authority

 
Description:  Category: Household appliances Product: Coffee maker Brand: Brown King Type/number of model: BR-1150
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Hungary
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 52

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Alert number: 0014/07       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Coffee maker
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 

The product poses a serious risk of electric shock because:

- due to inappropriate insulation flashover occurs between the live and accessible parts;


- in case of damage, the water can leak from the non-metal pipes to the electric insulation and live parts;


- the cord anchorage has sharp shoulders therefore the insulation of the wire can get damaged.


This product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive and the relevant European standard EN 60335.
 

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Withdrawal from the market and recall from consumers ordered by the authority

 
Description:  Category: Household appliances Product: Coffee maker Brand: efbe-Schott Type/number of model: KA 1T
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Hungary
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 52

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Alert number: 0019/07       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Sandwich maker
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 

The product poses a serious risk of electric shock because:

- if the food overflows it can come into contact with the live parts;


- the internal wiring is lead through open spring;


- the protecting tube inside the spring is unfixed thus it can get damaged.


This product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive and the relevant European standard EN 60335.
 

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Withdrawal from the market and recall from consumers ordered by the authority

 
Description:  Category: Household appliances Product: Sandwich maker Brand: AMC Type/number of model: AM-250
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Hungary
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2006 - 52