Rapid Alert System - Weekly Report

Report 11 ( Published on: 23/03/2007)

 
Weekly report Products with serious risks 

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Alert number: 0266/07       
Category:  Gadgets
 
Product:  MP3/WMA player with FM tuner
 
Brand: UNITED
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  MP 7511R (1GB)
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Damage to hearing
 
This product poses a risk of damage to hearing because the sound pressure level of the device in digital audio playback mode (measured at 102.7 dBA on the right-hand channel and 100.8 dBA for the average of both channels) exceeds the maximum limit of 100 dBA.

In addition, the output voltage of the device in digital audio playback mode (measured at 256 mV on the right-hand channel and 257 mV on the left-hand channel) exceeds the maximum limit of 150 mV.


This product does not comply with the European standard EN 50332 on sound system equipment.
 

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:  France
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 11

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Alert number: 0264/07       
Category:  Gas appliances and components
 
Product:  Terrace heater – Cosystand Edelstahl Profi
 
Brand: Enders
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Fire
 
When a terrace heater ignites with a capacity of more than 5kW (Hs), a burst of flame can arise or the heat growth can be so big, that burning of clothes and/or skin can occur (measured value was 9.8 kW(Hs)).


This product does not comply with the Directive on appliances burning gaseous fuels.
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  The Netherlands
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 11

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Alert number: 0269/07       
Category:  Lighting equipment
 
Product:  Plafond (light binding) 812 RENO
 
Brand: Prezent
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Antic Brass Satin
 
Batch number / Barcode:  8586007084271
 
Risk type:  Electric shock, Fire
 
This product poses a risk of electric shock and fire because:


- the insulation lead may overheat while functioning;

- usage of the constrictor in the earthing system to fix the adaptor, does not secure it from relieving, which may cause improper functioning of the plafond and result in electric shock while touching the plafond cover;

- there is no operating information (e.g. bulb change scheme) in the user manual;

- the size of letters in symbol specifying minimal distance from the floodlit object is too small (the symbol is unreadable – in the case of improper assembling of the lamp overheating of the illuminated object may cause fire).


This product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive.
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  Slovakia
Alert submitted by:  Poland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 11

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Alert number: 0260/07       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Nubira/Lacetti Saloon/Hatchback passenger cars – brake light switch
 
Brand: Daewoo/Chevrolet.
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Nubira/Lacetti Saloon/Hatchback 1.4SX 1.6SX 1.8CDX.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
This product poses a risk of injuries because brake lights may stay on, which may cause a road accident as the vehicle travelling behind an affected vehicle would not be able to determine when the driver is braking.
 

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

 
Description:  VIN numbers between KLANA19313K891422 and KLANF48715K052968. The vehicles were produced between April 2003 and July 2004.
Country of origin:  Republic of Korea
Alert submitted by:  Ireland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 11
Products were found and measures were taken also in:  The Netherlands

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Alert number: 0267/07       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Passenger cars – Airbag Control Unit
 
Brand: Mazda
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Mazda 6
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
On certain vehicles, proper controlling of the airbag activation can be disabled or may generate malfunction. At worst, the airbag may be activated unintentionally.
 

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

 
Description:  Passenger cars, model equipped with side airbag.VIN range: (1) JMZ GG1*** 01 106593 – 118326 with production period: 24 April 2002 through 24 June 2002;(2) JMZ GG1*** 31 107869 – 118272 with production period: 11 May 2002 through 24 June 2002. Note: the asterisk symbol “*” can be any letter or number.
Country of origin:  Japan
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 11

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Alert number: 0273/07       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Passenger cars – Volkswagen Transporter
 
Brand: VOLKSWAGEN
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
This product poses a serious risk of injuries because the backrest of the second seat row may not completely slot in because of a too short Bowden cable. In an accident the occupants of the second row would be at a higher risk of injuries than those in the first row as it is the attachment of their seatbelt attached to the backrest that is affected.
 

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

 
Description:  The affected chassis numbers are. WV2ZZZ 7H Z 4 H 000 154 WV2ZZZ 7H Z 5 H 000 025 WV .ZZZ 7H Z 6 H 000 027 WV2ZZZ 7H Z 4 X 026 035 WV2ZZZ 7H Z 5 X 000 029 WV2ZZZ 7H Z 6 X 000 200 WV2ZZZ 7H Z 7 X 000 002 to WV2ZZZ7H Z 4 H 111 920 WV2ZZZ7H Z 5 H 108 546 WV ZZZ 7H Z 6 H 141 328 WV2ZZZ7H Z 4 X 042 607 WV2ZZZ7H Z 5 X 031 776 WV2ZZZ7H Z 6 X 037 493 WV2ZZZ7H Z 7 X 000 002. The affected Volkswagen Transporters were produced between March 2005 and August 2006.
Country of origin:  Germany
Alert submitted by:  Ireland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 11

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Alert number: 0257/07       
Category:  Protective equipment
 
Product:  High-visibility warning clothing
 
Brand: Tallipoika
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  1080
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
This product poses a serious risk of injuries because it gives a false feeling of security to the consumer. It is subject to the following deficiencies:


- the retroreflective material, the area of the retroreflective material and the design of the product do not meet the requirements of the relevant standard;

- marking and user information is missing.


The product does not comply with the Personal Protective Equipment Directive and the relevant European standard EN 1150.
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  Taiwan
Alert submitted by:  Finland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 11

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Alert number: 0261/07       
Category:  Childcare articles and children's equipment
 
Product:  Front baby carrier - KANGOUROU
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  KG001
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking, Injuries
 
This product poses a serious risk of:


- injury because on the basis of endurance test the system for holding the carrier to an adult torso can break;

- choking because of the presence of a small element which can become detached and fits within the small parts cylinder.


The product does not comply with the relevant European standard EN 13209-2.
 

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Withdrawal from the market, recall from consumers and destruction of the products ordered by the authorities

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  Portugal
Alert submitted by:  France
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 11

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Alert number: 0265/07       
Category:  Childcare articles and children's equipment
 
Product:  Water-filled teethers
 
Brand: Dreambaby
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  F446
 
Batch number / Barcode:  746/06 (batch code), 9312742304461 (bar code)
 
Risk type:  Cuts
 
This toy poses a risk of cuts to gums because it has a sharp edge.

One accident with a child cutting its gum has been reported.
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  South Africa
Alert submitted by:  Ireland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 11

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Alert number: 0268/07       
Category:  Childcare articles and children's equipment
 
Product:  Wicker carrycot
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  CE005
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking, Injuries, Suffocation
 
This product poses a risk of choking because it contains small detachable elements which fit into the small parts cylinder and can be put into mouth and swallowed by children.


This product poses a risk of suffocation through strangulation because ribbons are excessively long.


In addition, this product poses a risk of injuries because:


-the handle is not durable (falling hazard); and

-fingers may be trapped in the wicker mesh.


This product does not comply with the relevant European standard EN 1466.
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  Portugal
Alert submitted by:  France
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 11

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Alert number: 0274/07       
Category:  Childcare articles and children's equipment
 
Product:  Pushchair
 
Brand: BéBéGo
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Golf Plus, item No KS608R
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
The product poses a risk of injuries because:


- there are accessible gaps where the fingers of the child can be entrapped;

- the pushchair has only one locking device, which may result in the vehicle folding and an entrapment of the child in the vehicle by incidental touch by foot;

- the warning 'This product is not suitable for jogging or skating' is omitted in the instruction.


The product does not comply with the relevant European standard EN 1888.
 

Measures taken by economic operators: Voluntary stop of sales, withdrawal from the market and recall from consumers by the distributors (By: Other)

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Slovakia
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 11

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Alert number: 0275/07       
Category:  Childcare articles and children's equipment
 
Product:  Pushchair
 
Brand: PIKOLO
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  10240
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
The product poses a risk of injuries because:


- there are accessible gaps where the fingers of the child can be entrapped;

- the parking device of the vehicle is insufficient, which may result in the vehicle starting to move;

- the warning 'It may be dangerous to leave your child unattended' is missing;

- the instructions for use are missing.


The product does not comply with the relevant European standard EN 1888.
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Slovakia
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 11

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Alert number: 0276/07       
Category:  Childcare articles and children's equipment
 
Product:  Pushchair – combined child stroller
 
Brand: SCOUT X
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
The product poses a risk of injuries because:


- an accessible gap can be created while using the vehicle by pressing a handle, which may cause injuries to the forearm or elbow of the child sitting in the vehicle;

- the maximum available wheel movement exceeds the prescribed values;

- some warnings are missing.


The product does not comply with the relevant European standard EN 1888.
 

Measures taken by economic operators: Voluntary stop of sales, withdrawal from the market and information to consumers by the distributor (By: Other)

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Slovakia
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 11

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Alert number: 0255/07       
Category:  Pyrotechnic articles
 
Product:  Scratch petard
 
Brand: MEGA
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  8301
 
Batch number / Barcode:  8595198201138
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
This product poses a serious risk of injuries because:


- the explosive composition in each product exceeds the permissible amount of pyrotechnical composition for Danger Class II;

- the product, in some cases, does not comply with technical requirements on the time of function retardation for the determined time limit;

- small pouring of the composition occurs out of the products.


Accidents involving scorch and contusion of hands and laceration of skin have been reported.
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Czech Republic
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 11

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Alert number: 0256/07       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Wooden car-transporter
 
Brand: BAI
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  4140
 
Batch number / Barcode:  5906554241416
 
Risk type:  Choking
 
This product poses a serious risk of choking because the left front wheel can be easily detached from the red car (at a force of 72.81 N). The maximum size of this wheel is 29.15 mm so it fits completely into the test cylinder for small parts.


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

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  Germany
Alert submitted by:  The Netherlands
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 11

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Alert number: 0258/07       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Plastic police gun
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  B266492/2/9ABCD
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 
This toy poses a risk of choking to children as projectiles are only 37 mm in length (standard requires 57 mm).


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

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 11

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Alert number: 0259/07       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Baby rattle
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  5290504024496
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 
This toy poses a risk of choking to children because during the impact test, the sample broke and the small parts and particles have been detached. The small parts fitted within the small parts 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): Sales ban ordered by the authorities

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Cyprus
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 11

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Alert number: 0262/07       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Plush toys – hanging snowman
 
Brand: CHRISTMAS
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  431148
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 
This product poses a serious risk of choking because the presence of small detachable elements (nose, eyes and buttons) which fit within the small parts cylinder and thus cause a risk of choking if they are inhaled or swallowed by children. The small elements detach with force less than 90N.

The toy is aimed at children of under 36 months.
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  France
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 11

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Alert number: 0263/07       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Place Keepers Military Men play set.
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  2088B
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 
The toy poses a serious risk of choking because the projectiles have a length of only 36 mm while the standard requires at least 57 mm.


This 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 authorities

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Cyprus
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 11

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Alert number: 0272/07       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Helicopter with launch-pad
 
Brand: VIDAL EUROPA SA
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  0213727
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Cuts
 
This product poses a risk of cuts because the rotary blades had no protection ring.


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

One accident reported: The father of a child trying out the toy lost an eye. The toy broke when the starting handle was used. The part which broke off penetrated the adult’s eye.
 

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:  2007 - 11

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Alert number: 0270/07       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Universal AC travel adaptor
 
Brand: Belkin
 
Name: Universal AC travel adaptor
 
Type / number of model:  F8E449ea
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 
This product poses a risk of electric shock because the construction provides plugging in with one pen, while the other pen is accessible (230V on the free pen is possible).


This product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive.
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  United Kingdom
Alert submitted by:  The Netherlands
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 11

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Alert number: 0271/07       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Power supply units
 
Brand: Prescott
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  LC-D500EXP
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 
This product poses a risk of electric shock because


- there is not sufficient electrical insulation between the primary circuit connected to the mains and the secondary circuit that can be touched. The secondary circuit can be touched via the product connected to the output of the power supply unit. In particular:


- clearances/creepage distances in transformer T2 between the primary and the secondary windings are less than 4 mm/5 mm; a minimum of 0.2 mm between the primary winding and the output wires of the secondary winding and 0.5mm between the secondary winding and the output wires of the primary winding are measured; on the output wires there are not insulation tubes;

- clearances/creepage distances in transformer T3 between the primary and the secondary windings are less than 4 mm/5 mm; a minimum of 0.3 mm between the primary winding and the output wires of the secondary winding and 0.3 mm between the secondary winding and the output wires of the primary winding are measured; on the output wires there are not insulation tubes.


This product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive and the relevant European standard EN 60950.
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Finland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 11