Rapid Alert System - Weekly Report

Report 17 ( Published on: 04/05/2007)

 
Weekly report Products with serious risks 

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Alert number: 0382/07       
Category:  Lighting equipment
 
Product:  Lamp – Night Light
 
Brand: Lantern
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  YL 223
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock, Injuries
 
This product poses a serious risk of electric shock because the appliance does not comply with the requirements of the shock protection Class II.



This product poses a serious risk of injuries because the upper side of the lantern has sharp edges.



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

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

 
Description:  The product has the shape of a street lantern, 120 mm high with a light bulb of 7 Watt. The lampshade is yellow and black coloured. The product is packaged in transparent plastic.
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Romania
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 17

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Alert number: 0392/07       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Passenger car - Honda Jazz, Accord, FR-V
 
Brand: Honda
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  - Honda Accord: CL7, CL9, CM1, CM2, - Honda Jazz: GD1, GD5, - Honda FR-V: BE1, BE3
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 

The product poses a risk of injuries because, due to malfunction of the transmitter used in the fuel system to feed the fuel into the fuel pump, there is possibility of disconnection in the transmitter's coil arrangement. That may affect at stopping the engine. A sudden interruption of the engine's working can be dangerous and lead to a traffic accident.
 

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

 
Description:  The affected vehicles were produced in 2005. Affected vehicles bear the following VIN numbers: - Accord CL7: JHMCL76405C208753 to JHMCL76405C210396, - Accord CL9: JHMCL96805C210498 to JHMCL96805C212382, - Accord CM1 : JHMCM17105C201819 to JHMCM17505C201922, - Accord CM2 : JHMCM28805C200648 to JHMCM27305C200772, - Jazz GD1: JHMGD17905S252226 to JHMGD17705S261995, -Jazz GD5 : JHMGD57305S222689 to JHMGD57305S226501, - FR-V BE1 : JHMBE17405S204919 to JHMBE17405S205389, - FR-V BE3: JHMBE37805S206689 to JHMBE37805S207085
Country of origin:  Japan
Alert submitted by:  Poland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 17

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Alert number: 0393/07       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Motorcycle - KTM 990 Super Duke (front brake pads)
 
Brand: KTM
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  KTM motorcycles, model 990 Super Duke 2006. The brake pads, which need to be replaced, have one of the following markings on the rear side: H5Z, J5H, K5G, L5X, L5S.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 

The product poses a risk of injuries because in isolated cases on bikes equipped with Hawk brake pads mounted in the Brembo front brake system, the backing plate becomes de-bonded from the friction plate due to corrosion. This can cause of an accident due to reduction of the braking ability of the vehicle.
 

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

 
Description:  2006 model year motorcycles built until 15 May 2006
Country of origin:  Austria
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 17

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Alert number: 0387/07       
Category:  Childcare articles and children's equipment
 
Product:  Soother
 
Brand: REMOND
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Ref. 17203, bar code: 3167670172035
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Suffocation
 

During the tests, when the teat was pulled versus the knob along the major axis, the teat detached at less than 50N force (minimum limit 90N). The teat can insert in the baby’s oesophagus, causing suffocation to baby.


This product does not comply with the European standard EN 1400 on soothers.
 

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

 
Description:  Rubber and plastic soother, sold packed in pairs. The plastic part is white coloured, with the picture of a yellow rabbit on it. On the back side of the package the following warning is written (in French, English and German): ‘Before first use place the pacifier in boiling water for 5 minutes. Clean before each use. Inspect carefully before each use. Throw away at the first signs of damage or weakness. Never attach free ribbons or cords to a pacifier’.
Country of origin:  France
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 17

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Alert number: 0378/07       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Sticky Ear and Brain
 
Brand: Scooby-doo
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

The toy contains 50-80% of hydrocarbons, with a small aromatic content. This toy may pose irritation and allergic reaction on skin if placed in mouth.


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 authorities

 
Description:  Two sticky toys formed as a brain and an ear, pale yellow/skin colour, dimensions 3.5 x 6 cm, packed in a plastic bag. Distributed as a gift with a children’s magazine.
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Norway
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 17

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Alert number: 0380/07       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Doll in vinyl bag with accessories
 
Brand: SNC O.I.A.
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Ref. 63043
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 

This product poses a serious risk of choking because it is intended for children aged less than 36 months and it unacceptably contains a small component, white plastic stud, which can detach with a force of less than 90N and which fits into the small part cylinder.


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

Measures taken by economic operators: Voluntary stop of sales, destruction of stocks and recall from consumers (By: Other)

 
Description:  Plastic doll, 27 cm, with accessories in plastic bag with strap and loops closed by means of plastic studs and a zip fastener
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  France
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 17

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Alert number: 0385/07       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Wooden Train
 
Brand: Ackerman Group Plc.
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  D65774 – bar code 5 021947 657749
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 

The product was labelled as not suitable for children under 3 years because of small parts, however, in the opinion of the British authority, the product is only intended for children that are under 3 years of age. Therefore, the product did not comply with the requirements of the Toys standard because small elements (small red nose cone, black chimney, one wheel and one wheel with axle) were detached during the tension test and they fitted within the small parts cylinder. Children may put small elements into mouth and choke.
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 authorities

 
Description:  Painted brown wooden toy train with bright red, yellow, blue, green and orange activity rings. Packaging was wrapped with white label.
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 17

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Alert number: 0389/07       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Bath toy - squeeze hippopotamus
 
Brand: PROFIBABY
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 
This toy poses a serious chemical risk because it contains an excessive value of 0,14% by weight of DEHP. With respect to the character of the toy, a prolonged contact of the mouth of a child with plastic parts is highly probable and poses a serious risk for the health of children.
This toy does not comply with Chemicals Restrictions Directive 76/769/EEC.
 

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

 
Description:  The plastic toy is of pink colour, on the market available in various colours. It is packed in a transparent bag with the cardboard label. Data on the product: "Made in the Czech Republic, AM zabawki, Poland, Distributor: Dráčik-DUVI, s.r.o, Bratislava, Slovak Republic Certificate EC type No. 060163T/NB". Data on the packaging: "Toy for children from 0 years, atested by ITC a.s., Zlín. PROFIBABY, Bezručova 41a, 747 21 Kravaře Czech Republic".
Country of origin:  Czech Republic
Alert submitted by:  Slovakia
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 17

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Alert number: 0390/07       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Flyer – collection set
 
Brand: HAPPY CHILDHOOD
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Type: 17128-8103N
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 

This toy poses a risk of choking because the plastic fastener is composed from two parts, which can easily detach and which fit into the small part cylinder.


In addition, the toy does not comply with the labelling requirements as it does not indicate the age of the intended users.


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

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

 
Description:  The toy is made from PVC with the length of about 18 cm. It comprises the flyer of orange colour with the string and 8 varicoloured parts to be inserted into the flyer. It is sold in a plastic net with a plastic fastener and a carton label attached to the net.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Slovakia
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 17

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Alert number: 0381/07       
Category:  Cosmetics
 
Product:  Nail polishers
 
Brand: N.Y.C.
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  1. N.Y.C. Sheer French manicure Nail Enamel 144A Swept Away, Bar code 074170171754, 2. N.Y.C. Sheer French manicure Nail Enamel 145A Cozy Cottage, Bar code 074170171761, 3. N.Y.C. Sheer French manicure Nail Enamel 147A Kisses, Bar code 074170171785, 4. N.Y.C. Sheer French manicure Nail Enamel 148A Magic Moments, Bar code 074170171792, 5. N.Y.C. Sheer French manicure Nail Enamel 149A Candlelight, Bar code 074170171808, 6. N.Y.C. Extra Shine Top Coat 271A, Bar code 074170151213, 7. N.Y.C. Clear Nail Hardener 270A, Bar code 074170151206, 8. N.Y.C. Smooth & Hydrate Ridge Filler 275A, Bar code 074170151251
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

These products pose a serious chemical risk because they contain dibutyl phthalate (written on the list of ingredients), which is prohibited in cosmetics by the Cosmetics Directive as it may cause harm to unborn children and poses a risk of impaired fertility.
 

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

 
Description:  Different nail polishes in 13,3 ml glass bottles with dimensions: height 75 mm, diameter 25 mm
Country of origin:  United States
Alert submitted by:  Estonia
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 17

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Alert number: 0386/07       
Category:  Cosmetics
 
Product:  Hair-care product (hair cream for men with thinning of hair)
 
Brand: PROCEDE
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Activating Formula #1, 54 ml/1.8FL. OZ. and Balancing Formula #2, 54 ml/1.8FL. OZ.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

The concentration of thioglycolic acid of the product, as it is mentioned in the formula in the Safety Data Sheet that manufacturer provided, is significantly higher (24%) than the maximum authorized concentration in cosmetic products (8% for hair waving or straightening products for general use by consumers or 2% for other hair care products, as is the case of this product). This may cause injuries when applied on the scalp.


One sample of the product was tested according to iodometric Directive 83/514/EEC method and found to contain 13.2% thioglycolic acid.


In addition, this product does not contain the following data:

- the warning “contains thioglycolate”,


- the telephone number of National Poisons Centre, and

- the expiry date.


One incident where the user experienced a total hair loss has been reported.
 

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

 
Description:  Two white plastic bottles into white cartoon package (dimensions of package 13 x 7,5 x 4,5 cm). On the front side of package is written: “Just One Application Every 90 Days – For Fine and Thinning hair”.
Country of origin:  United States
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 17

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Alert number: 0391/07       
Category:  Cosmetics
 
Product:  Nail cosmetics
 
Brand: O.P.I.
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  1. O.P.I. Original Nail ENVY Strengthener, Bar code: 619828378729, Batch code: 1006192 F78593VS, 2. O.P.I. Dry & Brittle Nail ENVY Strengthener, Bar code: 619828429605, 3. O.P.I. Nail ENVY Strengthener Start to finish, Bar code: 619828378378, Batch code: 1006240 H74777VS
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

These products pose a serious chemical risk because they contain dibutyl phthalate (written on the list of ingredients), which is prohibited in cosmetics by the Cosmetics Directive as it may cause harm to unborn children and poses a risk of impaired fertility.
 

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

 
Description:  Different nail strengtheners in 15 ml glass bottles
Country of origin:  United States
Alert submitted by:  Estonia
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 17

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Alert number: 0379/07       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Glass ceramic hob with two induction plates
 
Brand: Bosch, Siemens, Neff, Constructa, Balay, Lynx
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  The problem concerns specific glass ceramic hobs which have been marketed in Germany since 1 January 2006 under the BOSCH, SIEMENS, NEFF and CONSTRUCTA brands and in Spain since September 2006 under the BALAY or LYNX brands.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Fire
 

This product poses a risk of fire because
an electronic supplier component can fail in certain circumstances, with the result that the two electrical cooking zones at the back can switch on of their own accord. Objects sitting on the hob can ignite without the user's knowledge and cause a fire.


This product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive.
 

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

 
Description:  Glass ceramic hobs, which are 60 cm wide, consisting of two electrical plates and two induction plates. The appliances in question have numbers at the top left-hand corner or at the left-hand side of the glass. Only appliances with particular manufacturing data and corresponding identification numbers (E numbers) are affected. Information on the appliances can be found on the Internet at <a class="lien" href="www.service-management-web.com">www.service-management-web.com</a>.
Country of origin:  Germany
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 17

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Alert number: 0383/07       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Convector Heater with Timer – Homebase 2kW Convector Heater with Timer
 
Brand: Homebase
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Model: 140685; bar code: 5013669954183
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Fire
 

Due to possible failure at terminal block causing unit to overheat and catch fire, the product poses a possible risk of death through fire and/or smoke inhalation.
 

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

 
Description:  Dimensions of product L 570 mm x W 200 mm x D 430. Packaging 62.5 cm x 14 cm x 44 cm (cardboard Carton)
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Ireland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 17

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Alert number: 0384/07       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Converter plug provided by 3 in Phone & PDA Charger
 
Brand: Sitecom Europe B
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  6 A / 250 V AC
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 

This converter plug causes a risk of electric shock because of:


- inefficient insulation,
- possible contact with live parts.


In addition, it is possible to place one pin of a plug into the converter plug while at the same time the other pin can be touched.


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

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

 
Description:  Approximately 45 mm x 45 mm x 50 mm
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  The Netherlands
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 17

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Alert number: 0388/07       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Thermal Belt
 
Brand: MAXCARE
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  MAXCARE Thermal Belt, type MC0150
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Burns, Electric shock
 
This product poses a risk of burns and electric shock because:



- it does not meet requirements concerning dampness;



- it does not meet requirements concerning electrical insulation;



- it exceeds the maximum value leakage current 0,5 mA;



- the thermal element is not adequately fixed.



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

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

 
Description:  Warming flexible belt for loosing weight. The product is packed in red cardboard box, with the picture of a man and a woman wearing the belt. The belt is silver coloured, with a black part, pointing a measure of the waist’s perimeter of the user. Technical characteristics: 230 V, 50 Hz.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 17