Rapid Alert System - Weekly Report

Report 16 ( Published on: 27/04/2007)
Corrigenda:
Notification 0336/07 of week 15 of year 2007 has been withdrawn on request of the notifying country until the risk assessment is clarified.

Notification 0361/06 of week 24 of year 2006 and notifications 0365/06 and 0366/06 of week 25 of year 2006 have been withdrawn because the risk posed by these products was moderate and thus the requirements for an Article 12 notification (serious risk) have not been met.

 
Weekly report Products with serious risks 

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Alert number: 0368/07       
Category:  Lighting equipment
 
Product:  Halogen lamp (500W)
 
Brand: J.J.A.
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Reference 67633, QB- 1002, bar code: 3560236786330
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 

This product poses a risk of electric shock because:


– during the tests, the traction stop becomes damaged and the thread of the cap wears away completely following these tests;


– the metal casing and connection housing for the lamp do not resist a shock of 0.35J;


- the product does not pass the 1460V dielectric strength test (damage was observed near the socket conductors).


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

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  France
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 16

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Alert number: 0373/07       
Category:  Lighting equipment
 
Product:  Floor lamp
 
Brand: Helestra
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Type: John, serial No: 17/620.86/4041, EAN 4022671984409
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Burns
 

This product poses a risk of burns because the dimmer switch used (ball switch) is not designed for use with this voltage. There is a risk that the switch may overheat and cause burns when operated.


The product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive.
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  Germany
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 16

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Alert number: 0375/07       
Category:  Lighting equipment
 
Product:  Salt crystal lamp
 
Brand: GLOBO
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Art. 2830, EAN code 9007371117895, 230 V, max 15 W, 50 Hz, E 14, II class of protection against electric shock
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock, Injuries
 
The product poses a risk of electric shock and injuries because:



- the lamp holder can be easily detached from the salt crystal;



- there is no stay wire which protects the lead from being pulled out or twisted and may cause electric shock;



- the lamp holder does not bear the turning moment of 1.2 Nm;



- the bulb attached to the lamp is unsuitable and the consumer can accidentally touch it;



- the cap of the bulb does not meet the requirements of the standard;



- the user manual is not complete and there is no information about the action which should be involved in the case of destruction of the cord.



This product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive and the relevant European standards EN 60432-1 and EN 60598-1.

 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Poland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 16

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Alert number: 0357/07       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Yamaha motorcycles, model XV1700PC
 
Brand: YAMAHA
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Vehicle type VP14; Approval number: e1*92/61/*0183*00; VIN-range JYAVP14E***005785 to JYAVP14E***008752; chassis number range from model code 5PX4 the first three zeros (see ***) are replaced by digits and letters not in alphanumerical order. It concerns vehicles built between 2003 and 2005.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 

This product poses a risk of injuries because vibration can cause the pulse generator coil cable to work loose. As a result, the engine stalls and cannot be restarted. The engine can stall even when driving which poses the risk of an accident.
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  Japan
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 16

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Alert number: 0365/07       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Passenger car
 
Brand: Renault
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Clio III and Modus. The defect pertains to Renault Clio III cars manufactured in the period from 13 December 2005 to 23 January 2006 in the Flins factory (France) and from 23 January 2006 to 8 February 2006 in Bursa factory (Turkey) as well as to Renault Modus cars manufactured in the period from 14 December 2005 to 16 February 2006 in Valladolid (Spain). The VIN numbers of the Clio III cars start with VF1BR1 or VF1CR1 and of the Modus cars with VF1JP0.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 

The product poses a risk of injuries because due to the possibility of stop lights switch melting, the lights can cease to function properly and additionally the temperature near the set of pedals can increase significantly leading to the production of smoke inside the car.
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  France
Alert submitted by:  Poland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 16

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Alert number: 0372/07       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Passenger car - Nissan Qashqai
 
Brand: Nissan.
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Nissan Qashqai, model J10. 2007 model vehicles are affected. The VIN numbers start with SJNF.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 

The product poses a serious risk of injuries because there is a flaw of lower joints of the car front suspension. The faulty assembly of a protective screw in the joint can cause disconnection of the joint from the nave. The mentioned flaw can ultimately lead to the car being unstable during driving and thus causing the loss of control over the car.
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  United Kingdom
Alert submitted by:  Poland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 16

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Alert number: 0359/07       
Category:  Childcare articles and children's equipment
 
Product:  Children's bicycle – Sunny girl 12,5"
 
Brand: Vivi bikes
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Ref 219520; EAN: 8000259044963, 8000259039532, 8000259031952
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 

This product poses a risk of falling and thus injuries because:


- the handlebar brakes after 40169 cycles in the anti-phase fatigue test;


- the fork breaks after 37022 cycles in the fatigue test;


- a permanent deformation of 23 mm is observed in the impact test involving dropping a weight on the frame-fork assembly whereas the permitted maximum is 20 mm;


- it is not possible to obtain the vertical load indicated in the standard (300 N) in the vertical and horizontal static test on the seat as the maximum load obtained is 268 N;


- it is not possible to obtain the load indicated in the standard (400 N) in the static traction test on the front and rear edges of the seat as the maximum load obtained is 275 N.


This product does not comply with the relevant European standard EN 14765.
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  Italy
Alert submitted by:  Belgium
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 16

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Alert number: 0361/07       
Category:  Childcare articles and children's equipment
 
Product:  Children's bicycle – BMX red 12"
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Article 2100
 
Batch number / Barcode:  EAN code 8715347021008
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
This product poses a risk of falling and thus injuries because:



- the handlebar brakes in two places after 84000 cycles in the anti-phase fatigue test;



- the fork breaks at the weld after 11647 cycles in the fatigue test;



- it is not possible to obtain the load indicated in the standard (300 N) in the vertical and horizontal static test on the seat; the maximum load of 220N was achieved with difficulty and the seat deformed during the vertical load test;



- in the vertical and horizontal static test on the stabilisers, the longitudinal load test produced permanent deformations of 45 and 25 mm.



This product does not comply with the relevant European standard EN 14765.
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Belgium
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 16

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Alert number: 0363/07       
Category:  Childcare articles and children's equipment
 
Product:  High chair "Omega Biscuits"
 
Brand: DOREL France S.A. "Bebe confort"
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  "Omega Biscuits", code 62C079
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 

The product poses a risk of injuries due to incorrect construction and openings in the access zone, where the fingers and the foot of a child could be entrapped.
The product contains the following non-compliances with the relevant standard:


- in the access zones on the seat back, on the playing part, on the side and on front of the chair, there are accessible openings or holes from 7 mm to 25mm, where the fingers of a child can be entrapped although there should not be accessible gaps on the access zone according to the standard;


- a pin with cross-section of 7 mm goes into the holes;


- the playing part falls down using only 80 N of horizontal strength whereas the 200 N is required by the standard;


- chair falls down using 200 N vertical strength on the centre of the playing part although it should keep its stability when playing part is pulled out to side position;


- the instructions for use in Lithuanian are missing.
One incident where a child of 8 month pushed the playing part to the side position has been reported.
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  France
Alert submitted by:  Lithuania
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 16

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Alert number: 0364/07       
Category:  Childcare articles and children's equipment
 
Product:  Soother
 
Brand: RHEA
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Model: POUPY, code No 129/2, bar code: 8016401001296
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 

The product poses a risk of choking because it fails the tensile strength test of the relevant European standard EN 1400-2. When the teat is pulled versus the ring along the major axis, the ring breaks at 84N (minimum limit 90N). Due to the nature of the ring material, it stretches for 83 seconds before it breaks, thereby creating small parts that could cause a baby to choke.
 

Measures taken by economic operators: Voluntary withdrawal from the market by the importer. A press release has been issued. (By: Other)

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  Italy
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 16

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Alert number: 0366/07       
Category:  Childcare articles and children's equipment
 
Product:  Child's bicycle
 
Brand: Robifir
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Cyclon 12’’EAN 5400155137043
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 

This product poses a risk of injuries because:


- there is no chain guard;


- there is too little play between pedal and mudguard;


- there is too large gap between handlebar and brake lever;


- in the vertical and horizontal static test on the seat, the seat bent. The vertical load achieved was 239 N, not 300N;


- in the fatigue test on the seat (100 000 cycles), after 4139 cycles the seat was too floppy and unable to accept the load;


- there are no instructions for use.


This product does not comply with the relevant European standard EN 14765.
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  Belgium
Alert submitted by:  Belgium
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 16

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Alert number: 0367/07       
Category:  Childcare articles and children's equipment
 
Product:  Child's bicycle - UC Cosmic blue max 14’’
 
Brand: Universal Cycle
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  PLC « CBY21414j 14 » EAN 5021967890612
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 

This product poses a risk of injuries because during the in-phase fatigue test on the handlebar (100 000 cycles), the handlebar broke after 62 032 cycles. A child may fall from the bicycle and suffer injuries.


This product does not comply with the relevant European standard EN 14765.
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  United Kingdom
Alert submitted by:  Belgium
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 16

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Alert number: 0358/07       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Ghost mask
 
Brand: CLOWN BI NIKI KOUSTENI
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Bar code 5203359733574; reference 13004
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Burns, Fire
 
This product poses a risk of fire and burns because during the tests the flame continued to burn on the mask and the fabric strips for more than 2 seconds and burnt along their entire length.



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

 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  France
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 16

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Alert number: 0370/07       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Dolphin bath toy set
 
Brand: Joy Company
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Article No LJ-303, EAN 2009581474000
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

This product poses a serious chemical risk because it is made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) containing plasticiser di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) which exceeds the limit set out in Chemicals Restrictions Directive 76/769/EEC.
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 16

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Alert number: 0360/07       
Category:  Cosmetics
 
Product:  Toilet paper (moist, chamomile)
 
Brand: TIP
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Batch L1120235, MHD 11/2008 double pack, EAN 4009418217945
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Microbiological
 
The product poses a serious risk of infection due to the presence of potentially pathogenic organisms (moulds, yeast) which may cause local and generalised infections.
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  Israel
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 16

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Alert number: 0362/07       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Electric bed warmer - "Dolce Caldo"
 
Brand: Max Italia S.p.A.
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  “Dolce Caldo” bed warmer, catalogue No 1615, EAN 8017365016159
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock, Fire
 
The product poses a risk of electric shock and fire. Eight incidents have been reported; two where the product itself has gone on fire and six where sheets and mattresses have been burned.
 

Measures taken by economic operators: Voluntary withdrawal from the market and recall from consumers. Compulsory measures being adopted (By: Other)
Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Voluntary withdrawal from the market and recall from consumers. Compulsory measures being adopted

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Italy
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 16

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Alert number: 0369/07       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Convector heater - Homebase 2kW Convector Heater with timer and turbo
 
Brand: Homebase
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  model 202724; bar code: 5013669954305
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Fire, Injuries
 
This product poses a serious risk of fire and injuries through fire and/or smoke inhalation because the terminal block may fail causing the unit to overheat and catch fire.



Low level property damage has been reported.



This product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive.
 

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:  Ireland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 16

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Alert number: 0371/07       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Hair slim plate straightener
 
Brand: Electric products
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  GUANG MING RCT 528
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 

This product poses a serious risk of electric shock because:


- it does not comply with the requirements of the shock-protection Class II;


- the earth connection of the product is missing;


- the earth connection of the power electric cord is missing.


This product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive and the relevant European standard EN 60335-1.
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Romania
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 16

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Alert number: 0374/07       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Extension cord
 
Brand: LIANFA
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Type 10A-250A
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock, Fire
 
The product poses a serious risk of fire and electric shock. Under electric charge the power cord is overheating.
The cross section of the electric conductors is less than required (1mm). There is also low resistance of the electric conductors. The risk of electric shock appears due to the fact that the conductors can be easily detached from the mobile plug and can lead to electrocution. In addition, the product is extremely inflammable.



This product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive and the relevant European standards EN 60335-1 and EN 60695-1-1.
 

Measures taken by economic operators: Sales ban ordered by the authorities. Voluntary recall from consumers and information to consumers by the distributor  (By: Other)

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Romania
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 16

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Alert number: 0376/07       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Hair dryer
 
Brand: XIN CHAO DRYER
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  600/XC-801
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock, Injuries
 
The product poses a risk of :



- electric shock because it does not comply with the requirements of the shock-protection Class II and the earth connection of the power supply cord is missing;



- injuries because the teeth of the comb that are of plastic and have sharp edges that could hurt the skin.



This product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive and the relevant European standard EN 60335-1.
 

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

 
Description: 
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Romania
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 16

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Alert number: 0377/07       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Extension cord
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  appliances Product: Extension cord Brand: LUCERNA
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock, Fire, Injuries
 
The product poses a risk of electric shock, fire and injuries because :



- the earthing hole is wrongly connected by a light-blue wire;



- dimensions of the two-pole plug with two protective contacts are out of tolerance;



-diameter of the pin is 4,66 and 4,49, which does not comply with the required diameter of 4,8±0,06 mm;



- the multiple portable socket-outlet has no cord anchorage;



- the cross-sectional area of conductors of the supply cord is insufficient.



The product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive and the relevant standards.
 

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 - 16