Rapid Alert System - Weekly Report

Report 1 ( Published on: 12/01/2007)

 
Weekly report Products with serious risks 

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Alert number: 0027/07       
Category:  Lighters
 
Product:  Novelty lighters in the form of: 1. a slipper, 2. a barrel
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Burns
 
These products pose a serious risk of burns because their intended use is not obvious. This product is a novelty lighter. According to the relevant European standard EN 13869, the level of risks posed by this type of products is high and may cause burning injury to users, especially to children.
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Hungary
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 1

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Alert number: 0028/07       
Category:  Lighting chains
 
Product:  Decorative Christmas chains and trinkets: 1. long chain, 2. small chain, 3. Christmas tree ball
 
Brand: Christmas decoration
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  1. Long chain: code 100.360012, 2. Small chain (package of 11 pieces): code 299.360036, 3. Christmas tree ball: code 299.360034
 
Batch number / Barcode:  1. 5 203188 074091, 2. 5 203188 074237, 3. 5 203188 074084
 
Risk type:  Choking
 
Children can confuse these products with food, due to their shape, size, colour, and appearance. Children can put theses products in their mouth or cut them into pieces and swallow them, jeopardizing their health.
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 1

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Alert number: 0020/07       
Category:  Lighting equipment
 
Product:  Lighting chain
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Rose 20 NP-L
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 
This product poses a serious risk of electric shock because:

- the characteristics of the chain’s cable are lower than specified in the standard;

- the nominal cross-section of the conductors is 0,36 mm², which is less than the 50 mm² required by the standard;

- the length of the wire between the plug and the first bulb holder is 1,00 m, which is less than the 1,50 m required by the standard;

- there are no safety markings and instructions.

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

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Import rejected by the customs authorities

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  Thailand
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 1

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Alert number: 0021/07       
Category:  Lighting equipment
 
Product:  Lighting chain
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Rose 35 NF-S
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 
This product poses a serious risk of electric shock due to the following non-compliances with the relevant European standard EN 60598:

- the length of the wire between the plug and the first bulb holder is 1 m, which is less than the required 1,5 m;

- the wire in the chain has inferior characteristics to those specified in the standard;

- the nominal cross-section of the conductors is 0,36 mm², which is less than the required 50 mm²;

- the required safety markings and instructions are missing.

The product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive.
 

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Import of the product has been rejected by the customs authorities

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  Thailand
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 1

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Alert number: 0022/07       
Category:  Lighting equipment
 
Product:  Lighting chain
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Rolling rose
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 
This product poses a serious risk of electric shock due to the following non-compliances with the relevant European standard EN 60598:

- the wire in the chain has inferior characteristics to those specified in the standard;

- the nominal cross-section of the conductors is 0,36 mm², which is less than the required 50 mm²;

- the wire failed the traction test;

- the required safety markings and instructions are missing.

The product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive.
 

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Import of the product has been rejected by the customs authorities

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  Thailand
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 1

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Alert number: 0030/07       
Category:  Lighting equipment
 
Product:  Lighting chain
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Cocoon NF Tree Light
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 
This product poses a serious risk of electric shock due to the following non-compliances with the relevant European standard EN 60598:

- the wire in the chain has inferior characteristics to those specified in the standard;

- the nominal cross-section of the conductors is 0,06 mm², which is less than the required 50 mm²;

- the wire failed the traction test;

- the required safety markings and instructions are missing.

The product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive.
 

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Import of the product has been rejected by the customs authorities

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  Thailand
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 1

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Alert number: 0023/07       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Motorcycle BMW R 1200 GS with tyre pressure monitoring system (RDC) (SA 530)
 
Brand: BMW
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  EC-type approval: e1*2002/24*0199*04, vehicles manufactured from 1 September till 20 October 2006
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
The combination of cross-spoke rim and tyre pressure monitoring system may produce a slow and also a sudden loss of air pressure. Sudden loss of air pressure means that the vehicle can no longer be controlled safely.

The vents of affected vehicles are replaced with tyre pressure monitoring sensors and the tyre pressure monitoring system is deactivated.
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 1

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Alert number: 0025/07       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Plastic baby toys - "Badetier mit Baby – ab 3 Monate" (Animals for bath time with baby - from 3 months)
 
Brand: TEDI GmbH & Co KG
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  EAN-code 56835001241000000150; Order/Article No 56835/00
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

These products pose a chemical risk because they contain dibutyl phthalate at following levels: 6,89g/100g (yellow duck with baby) and 6,42g/100g (green frog with baby). Given the nature of the products, it is predictable that children will place them in their mouth.
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 1

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Alert number: 0026/07       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Plastic baby toys in shape of duck, turtle, ship and clown-fish
 
Brand: TEDI GmbH & Co KG
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Order/Article No 71397/00; EAN-code 71397001241000000150
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 
These products pose a chemical risk because they contain dibutyl phthalate at following levels: 7,65g/100g (yellow duck, orange-coloured clown-fish) and 4,99g/100g (blue ship, green turtle). Given the nature of the products, it is predictable that children will place them in their mouth.
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 1

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Alert number: 0029/07       
Category:  Decorative articles
 
Product:  Tea light holders
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Item 1: supplier code 2ET00414, Item 2: supplier code 2ER86507-1, Item 3: supplier code 2ET00620-A, Item 4: supplier code 2ET05176, Item 5: supplier code 2ET5921H
 
Batch number / Barcode:  Item 1: bar code 0400029051494, Item 2: bar code 0400029051159, Item 3: bar code 0400029051234, Item 4: bar code 0400029051319, Item 5: bar code 0400029051562
 
Risk type:  Fire
 
The product poses a serious risk because lit tea light causes it to catch fire. It appears that affected products may have been damaged in the production process and glued back together. As a result, when a lit tea light is placed in the product it catches fire if there is glue present.
Two incidents have been reported.
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Ireland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 1

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Alert number: 0024/07       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Car inverter
 
Brand: Qmotion
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Model CI-175
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 

The product poses a serious risk of electric shock because it is possible to come into contact with live components. It is possible to insert only one pin of a europlug into the inverter.
The product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive and the relevant European standard EN 60950.
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  Taiwan
Alert submitted by:  The Netherlands
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 1