Rapid Alert System - Weekly Report

Report 4 ( Published on: 02/02/2007)

 
Weekly report Products with serious risks 

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Alert number: 0110/07       
Category:  Hand tools
 
Product:  Manual equipment set of hammer with two screwdrivers
 
Brand: Kangaroo
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 

This product poses a serious risk of injury threatening the health of consumers and of people around because:


- the hammer is made of common grey cast iron, with large graphite inclusions, suggesting very reduced strength, which is a pre-condition for breaking at stronger load on the fork, and eventually a metal part may spring off. Therefore, there is a risk of separation of the plastic handle from the metal stem;


- the screwdrivers are made of low-carbon steel, not allowing for thermal treatment in order to increase the working reliability. Therefore, there is a risk of deformation (bending, twisting, rapid wearing) or breaking of the front working part of the screwdrivers.
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Bulgaria
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 4

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Alert number: 0096/07       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Passenger car - brake master cylinder
 
Brand: SUZUKI
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Passenger car Suzuki SWIFT 1.3 (RS 413). The corrective action concerns model year 2006 vehicles, with the following chassis numbers: TSMMZA11S00156142, TSMMZA11S00156157, TSMMZC11S00155678, TSMMZC11S00155833, SMMZC11S00155916, TSMMZC11S00156238, TSMMZC11S00156313.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 

The product poses a risk of injury because under specific conditions, namely during a very slow or soft brake pedal operation, one of brake circuit might be non-functional due to a contamination of the brake fluid. Soft or slow operation of brake pedal is a specific condition but not an unusual one: especially when we drive a care in a high speed, a soft push of the break pedal can reduce the speed of the car, so as to – for example – make a turn with the proper speed. If the car does not slow down, it could deviate from its ordinary route, causing an accident or forcing the car to go off the road.
The basic brake function can be securely obtained by normal and emergency operation on brake pedal.
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  Hungary
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 4

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Alert number: 0100/07       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Replacement disc brake linings
 
Brand: Safety Products
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  LP 415 (WVA 20939) They are used in vehicles of type Opel: Kadet, Ascona, Omega and Vectra.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

This product poses a chemical risk because it contains chrysolite asbestos filaments, which can be extracted from the matrix mechanically. Thus the product is very dangerous if a consumer inhales the filaments.
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  United States
Alert submitted by:  Lithuania
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 4

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Alert number: 0101/07       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Passenger car
 
Brand: Lancia
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  MUSA: from 1017090 to 1023523 (individual chassis: 1006092 - 1015884); YPSILON: from 2127857 to 2141981 (individual chassis: 2000221 - 2096451 - 2102026 - 212112484 - 2112486 - 2112487 - 2112488 - 2125617 – 2126893 - 2241671).
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 

There is a possibility of failure of front suspension cross-member, which may result in a possible damage of this specific part. If this occurs, the normal driving behaviour of the car will be affected, leading to possible loss of control of vehicle.
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  Italy
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 4

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Alert number: 0102/07       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Passenger car - ancillary equipment pulley on the drive shaft
 
Brand: LANCIA
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Musa and Ypsilon models with 1.1, 1.2 and 1.4 8V and 16V motor MUSA: from 1035909 to 1060522 (individual chassis: 1012041 – 1027911 – 1031639 – 1033501 – 1034625); YPSILON: from 2153766 to 3053778.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 

There is a possibility of failure of ancillary equipment pulley on the drive shaft, which may result in a possible damage of this specific part. If this occurs, the normal function of the motor will be affected, leading to possible loss of control of vehicle.
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  Italy
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 4
Products were found and measures were taken also in:  The Netherlands

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Alert number: 0107/07       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Motorcycle
 
Brand: Harley-Davidson
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Motorcycle type FXD Dyna, EC type approval e4*2002/24*0029*05, manufactured between 17 June 2005 and 4 December 2006.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 

Wires for the motorcycle's electrics are routed through the handlebar. The handlebar may potentially crack during braking, at the hole between the handlebar clamps where the wires exit the handlebar.
 

Measures taken by economic operators: Voluntary recall of the product by the importer  (By: Other)

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  United States
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 4

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Alert number: 0103/07       
Category:  Other
 
Product:  Dog leash
 
Brand: RIBECAN
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Model: 13 mm x 120 cm; reference 012487
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Cuts
 
This product poses a serious risk of cuts to the user because it includes in the vicinity of the loop a metal part which is liable to come into contact with the user's hand in the event of sudden tension on the leash produced by sudden, uncontrolled movement by the animal. Thus in normal use of this product, the user may suffer cuts and injuries of differing degrees to the hand. Although the lesions caused may generally be slight, the probability of their occurrence is high, and the risk is considered serious given that the danger is not obvious and there are no warnings of it.



One accident has been reported in which the user suffered wounds to his right hand when the dog pulled on the leash.
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 4

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Alert number: 0098/07       
Category:  Childcare articles and children's equipment
 
Product:  Teether – Bug-a-Loop
 
Brand: Nüby
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Batch: C060526
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 

The teething ring consists of plastic beads and shapes on a string. It can thus easily take on a form in which it passes template A and extends beyond the base area of the template under its own weight. There is thus a risk that babies may be able to stick it so far into the pharynx that the windpipe is blocked.


The toy thus gives rise to a risk of choking.
This product does not comply with the Toys Directive and the relevant European standard EN 71.
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Austria
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 4

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Alert number: 0099/07       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Toy gun – Revolver 43
 
Brand: Dyal
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Reference No 43
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Damage to hearing
 

This toy poses a serious risk of damage to hearing because the sound emission by the toy gun with explosive caps is from 135 dB to 136 dB which exceeds the limit of 125dB.
This 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: Other)

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  Spain
Alert submitted by:  Sweden
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 4

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Alert number: 0104/07       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Children's walker - toy for learning to walk which makes 'Hippopotamus' sounds
 
Brand: WALKER (DIMASA)
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Reference: 7710; bar code: 8435010977103
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 

This product poses a serious risk of choking because the stickers on the toy are made of silver paper and come off easily, giving rise to small pieces which fit completely into the small part cylinder. Furthermore, during the tension test the telephone wheel opens, releasing three internal balls which also fit into the small part cylinder.


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

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 4

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Alert number: 0111/07       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Soft toy 'Little devil'
 
Brand: Pikku Piru (Little Devil)
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Code: 120312; BTN 686-IAE
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 

This toy poses a serious risk of choking because during the tension test its nose and eyes detached and they fit within the small parts cylinder. Small parts may be put by children into mouth and block airways.


The toy is also falsely marked to be suitable for children above the age of 3 though it is a soft toy and clearly intended for small children.


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

Measures taken by economic operators: Voluntary actions taken by the importer: recall from consumers and information to consumers  (By: Other)

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Finland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 4

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Alert number: 0112/07       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Soft toy 'Teddy bear'
 
Brand: Emma Big Nose Bear medium
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Article 998751402
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 

This toy poses a serious risk of choking because the fastener of the bears garment becomes detached during testing. The detached fastener fits into the small parts cylinder and can cause choking if it blocks the airways of a child.
This toy does not comply with the Toys Directive and the relevant European standard EN 71-1.
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Finland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 4

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Alert number: 0105/07       
Category:  Clothing, textiles and fashion items
 
Product:  Baby baseball cap
 
Brand: DISNEY BABY
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Minnie (pink)
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 

This product poses a serious risk of choking because the silver-coloured sticker, which can easily become detached, is attached to one of the fabric labels. As this is an item intended for small children, there is a possibility that the detached sticker may be swallowed, presenting a choking hazard.


One accident has been reported: a boy swallowed the silver-coloured sticker from a cap similar to this one and had to be rushed to hospital, where the foreign body was removed from his airways.
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 4

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Alert number: 0108/07       
Category:  Clothing, textiles and fashion items
 
Product:  Baby overall in fleece material – Baby Garment
 
Brand: KappAhl
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Article No 67288, 672916, 672907
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 

Press buttons can come off and cause a risk of choking to small children.
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Sweden
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 4

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Alert number: 0109/07       
Category:  Decorative articles
 
Product:  Candle imitating pastry of different shapes (roll, slices) with a chocolate scent
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  93789
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 

This product poses a serious risk of choking because it can easily be regarded as food and it contains easily detachable parts which can be swallowed causing a risk of choking.
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Czech Republic
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 4

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Alert number: 0113/07       
Category:  Decorative articles
 
Product:  Candle - a box of chocolates (6 items)
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  93668
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 
The notified product, which can be mistaken with food, contains easily separable parts which can be put into mouth by children therefore it poses a serious risk of choking.
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Czech Republic
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 4

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Alert number: 0097/07       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Juice extractor
 
Brand: TCM
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Article No 228554 (sold through Eduscho and Tschibo branches)
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 

Fatigue fractures may occur in the plastic connecting parts in the grating sieve (probably as a result of repeated washing in dishwashing machines). The sieve then breaks and parts may be projected at high velocity through the cover. Persons operating the appliance or standing in the immediate vicinity may be injured by the flying fragments.


Three accidents causing injury are known to have occurred (severe lacerations to the face, arms and hands).
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 4

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Alert number: 0106/07       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Fan heater
 
Brand: OPER
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Model EVB-430; bar code: 8436018911366
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Fire
 

This product poses a serious risk of fire because:


- the motor can reach a temperature of 162.5 ºC which exceeds the maximum 150 ºC permitted causing a risk of overheating;


- the timer and speed controls are not correctly affixed and may be placed on the wrong setting;


- the voltage is not correctly indicated;


- the information marked on the equipment appears only in English, and not in Spanish.


The 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 ordered by the authority

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 4