Rapid Alert System - Weekly Report

Report 19 ( Published on: 18/05/2007)

 
Weekly report Products with serious risks 

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Alert number: 0425/07       
Category:  Kitchen/cooking accessories
 
Product:  Thermos flask and containers
 
Brand: Happy Casa range
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Thermos jug, item 577139
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

The product poses a serious risk of cancer because asbestos fibre, which could be carcinogenic if inhaled, could be released if the glass container were broken and the enclosed cylinders were disturbed.


This product does not comply with the Chemicals Restrictions Directive 76/769/EEC.
 

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

 
Description:  The asbestos is to be found in the small, grey/off-white cylindrical bodies made of compressed chrysotile asbestos fibrous material, placed in the cavity within the double glass casing of the thermos, to act as spacers.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Italy
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 19

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Alert number: 0429/07       
Category:  Lighting equipment
 
Product:  Table lamp (ATLAS)
 
Brand: A-light
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  AL-109
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock, Fire
 
This product poses a risk of electric shock because:


- there are sharp edges protruding into the wireway;

- the basic insulated wires get into contact with accessible metal parts;

- the cross section area is smaller than required;

- the dimensions of the plug are non-compliant;

- the bushing protecting cables are not fixed, and the used material is too soft.


The product also presents a risk of fire since it tipped over on a slope of 6 °, and thus the overheating of the supporting surface occurs.

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 ordered by the authorities. Press release has been issued.

 
Description:  The cover of table lamp is metal. The rocker switch is located in the base part of the luminaire. The metal lamp-shade includes an E27 ceramic lampholder. Technical specification: 230V~; 50Hz; 60W; Class II. lampholder: E27; F mark.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Hungary
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 19

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Alert number: 0434/07       
Category:  Lighting equipment
 
Product:  Taizhou coco decorative multicolour lantern
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  - Foir'fouille reference: 100 00091277; - Supplier's reference: cc20-4m ou cc60403- multi; - Gencod: 3660092522728. The following information is indicated on the packaging (carton): reference: # sc 225 va - 575 127, bar code: 3 700201 600722, serial number: dos 149, protection degree: ipx4.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 
This product poses a risk of electric shock because during tests it was found incompliant with the European standard on the following points:
- access to primary insulation in normal use;
- presence of water in the connecting sleeve, reducing creepage distances;
- dielectric strength test at 3710 V following the ipx4 test (articles 9.2 and 9.3);
- creepage distances and distances in air measured at less than 2.5 mm between active components with different polarity (3.2 mm specified);
- warning for type Z fixture incorrectly worded (article 3.3.17).
This product does not comply with the relevant European standard EN 60598.
 

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

 
Description:  Luminaire for outside use consisting of a 4-m lighting tube rolled onto a structure in the form of a lantern. Dimensions 21.5 x 21.5 x 24.5 cm.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  France
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 19

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Alert number: 0442/07       
Category:  Lighting equipment
 
Product:  Floor lamp (portable luminaire)
 
Brand: EGLO
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Art. No: 13107, type: 5164
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock, Fire
 
This product poses a risk of :


- electric shock because the wires may get damaged due to the sharp edges of the lamp arm;

- fire because the product tipped over on a slope of 15° and the supporting surface may overheat.


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

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

 
Description:  The product has a gold-coloured metal cover. The base plate has a diameter of approximately 23 cm, and thickness of 3 cm and an approximately 170 cm long rod is connected to it, the E27 lamp holder and the plastic lamp shade is located on its top. On the upper third part of the rod there is a moveable metal clip that can be fixed with a screw on the central rod, and a flexible rod is connected to it at the end of which there is an E14 lamp holder and a glass lamp shade. Main parts of the luminaire: E27 lamp holder (GS3556 250V~4A T230 VDE); E14-es lamp holder (GS5556; 250V~4A; T230; VDE); mains plug (3E; PL-1; 2,5A250V; + marks of approval); mains cable (3E Europa; Q041083; H03VVH2-F; 2x0,75mm2 + marks of approval); switch (3E; IL-4 3A; 250Vac; ENEC; VDE). Technical specification: 220-240V~; E27 1x max 100W; E14 1x max 40W; Class II. F-mark.
Country of origin:  Hungary
Alert submitted by:  Hungary
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 19

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Alert number: 0428/07       
Category:  Childcare articles and children's equipment
 
Product:  Soother chain
 
Brand: Disney
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  JH 0417/C MICKEY
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking, Cuts
 
This product poses a serious risk of choking and cuts because:


- the tinfoil covering on the part for securing to the clothes comes off under a force of less than 90 N, generating small parts;

-the part for securing to the clothes has an unventilated surface occupying a complete circumference with a diameter of 25 mm;

- during the impact strength test conducted, the closer on the fastener breaks;

- the silvered decoration has accessible sharp edged.


This product does not comply with the relevant European standard.


One accident reported on a risk of asphyxia in the case of a 9-month old child.
 

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

 
Description:  Clip-on soother with a chain. Blue with covering. The decoration is a Mickey Mouse face covered in tinfoil. The packaging is a blue rectangular plasticised cardboard box carrying the DISNEY BABY mark and ARDE.
Country of origin:  Italy
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 19

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Alert number: 0437/07       
Category:  Recreational crafts
 
Product:  Outboard engine in recreational craft
 
Brand: Honda
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  BF 150 A
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 

The gear lever may break at the weld area, whereupon users may have difficulty changing or selecting gear and may be unable to proceed. If this happens when the motor is running and in gear, it is possible to reduce speed, stop the engine and manoeuvre, but collisions may occur because the craft is drifting.


The product does not comply with the Machinery Directive and the Recreational Craft Directive.


There have been six breakdowns of this kind reported worldwide.

 

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

 
Description:  Outboard engine for recreational craft
Country of origin:  Japan
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 19

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Alert number: 0430/07       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Wooden toy - SUPER TRAIN, wooden sorting train
 
Brand: VOILA
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  S 515D
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 

This toy poses a serious risk of choking because on the orange stacking block, small parts can be released which fitted entirely into the small parts cylinder causing a choking hazard.


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

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Ban on placing on the market ordered by the authorities

 
Description:  Outer packaging 560 mm x 100 mm x 100 mm. Dimensions of the product are 540 mm x 90 mm x 95 mm. The super train consists of three interlinking parts with two sets of wheels (red) and poles to put blocks with holes in them on. The blocks mostly have primary colours.
Country of origin:  Thailand
Alert submitted by:  The Netherlands
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 19

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Alert number: 0431/07       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Shape-sorting box – Sort and Match
 
Brand: VOILA
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  S 240
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 

This toy poses a serious risk of choking because small parts can be released which fitted entirely into the small parts cylinder causing a choking hazard.


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

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Ban on placing on the market ordered by the authorities

 
Description:  Outer packaging 300 mm x 155 mm x 180 mm. Dimensions of the product 280 mm x 150 mm x 160 mm. Semi-circled object with 5 openings in which primary coloured blocks with different shapes can be sorted.
Country of origin:  Thailand
Alert submitted by:  The Netherlands
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 19

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Alert number: 0436/07       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Rattle toy – Boots mini mode zebra rattle toy
 
Brand: Boots Company PLC
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode:  5037670199524
 
Risk type:  Cuts, Injuries
 
Products from the second batch contain sharp edges which may pose risk of cuts to children.

One customer complaint about cuts to a child's mouth reported.
 

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

 
Description:  only the second batch is concerned Child's Zebra rattle with clear plastic "helix" body containing small balls with soft toy head and feet
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Ireland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 19

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Alert number: 0438/07       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Pull along building blocks
 
Brand: VOILA
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  S501E
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 

This toy poses a risk of choking because the connection pin of one of the wheels can come loose. So small parts can be released which fit entirely into the small parts cylinder causing a choking hazard.


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

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Ban on placing on the market ordered by the authorities

 
Description:  Outer packaging 305 mm x 75 mm x 230 mm. Dimensions of the product are 300 mm x 70 mm x 210 mm. A container on (blue) wheels with white cord. Blocks have different shapes and come in primary colours.
Country of origin:  Thailand
Alert submitted by:  The Netherlands
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 19

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Alert number: 0445/07       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Mask
 
Brand: Eva Mask
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  127546
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Burns, Fire
 
These products pose a risk of fire and burns because duration of fire exceeds 2 seconds after the test flame is extinguished.


This toy does not comply with the Toys Directive and the relevant European standard EN 71-2.
 

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

 
Description:  Two dog masks: black-beige and multicoloured
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Finland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 19

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Alert number: 0446/07       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Mask
 
Brand: Mask wig
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  127499 MF020/036
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Burns, Fire
 
This product poses a risk of fire and burns because duration of fire exceeds 2 seconds after the test flame is extinguished.


This toy does not comply with the Toys Directive and the relevant European standard EN 71-2.
 

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

 
Description:  White vampire mask with black hair
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Finland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 19

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Alert number: 0433/07       
Category:  Cosmetics
 
Product:  Skincare for allergic skin
 
Brand: Sebexol Basic, pH 5
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Affected batches: 0251 (BEST BEFORE DATE: 12/2005), 0421 (BEST BEFORE DATE: 05/2007), 0508 (BEST BEFORE DATE: 02/2008), 0545 (BEST BEFORE DATE: 11/2008), 0620 (BEST BEFORE DATE: 05/2009), 0642 (BEST BEFORE DATE: 10/2009).
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 
The product contains perfume oil with allergenic fragrances, even though it is advertised as “unperfumed”. The product could be harmful to health on the basis of composition and its advertisement, as it is advertised as “skincare for allergic skin”. It is distributed exclusively through pharmacies and suggested for use in the production of medical prescriptions.
Severe allergic skin reaction in patient with fragrance allergy (one case).
 

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

 
Description:  White plastic bottle. Packaging size: 50 ml, 150 ml, 500 ml.
Country of origin:  Germany
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 19

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Alert number: 0426/07       
Category:  Decorative articles
 
Product:  Candles in the form of various foodstuffs (tomatoes, croissants, bread, sweets, ice creams, slices of tart, etc.)
 
Brand: Pórtico
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  1682/23, 1682/7, 1682/44, 1682/37, 1682/8, 1682/45, 1682/9, 1682/46, 1682/22, 1041001193.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 

By their form, colour, appearance and size, these candles, may mislead consumers, and in particular children, who may take the product for food. If the candles are swallowed, they may cause asphyxia.
 

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

 
Description:  Candles in the form of various foodstuffs (tomatoes, croissants, bread, sweets, ice creams, slices of tart, etc.) The packaging is a plastic box.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 19

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Alert number: 0427/07       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Electric insect killer
 
Brand: VARO
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Model PRT MS003; bar code 5400338014260
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 

This product poses a risk of electric shock because:


- it exceeds the discharge value on the terminals of the high voltage grill 45µc (260 µc) and these grids are accessible with the finger test;


- voltage measured between the grids one second after disconnecting the appliance is in excess of 34 volts;


- it has welded connections without additional support;


- it does not have all required marks and indications (e.g. it does not carry symbol 5036).


In the light of defects detected in the laboratory, the product may present a risk of electric shock due to its deficient protection against access to the live parts, because the external conductors are not suitable and allow access to the live parts. It is poorly constructed and is not properly marked.


This product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive and the European standard EN-60335-2-59.
 

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

 
Description:  This is an electrical appliance for killing insects. The packaging is a cardboard box with a photograph of the product, the bar code and the date of manufacture: 12 October 2005.
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 19

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Alert number: 0432/07       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Electrical heater
 
Brand: YA QIAN
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  NSB-90
 
Batch number / Barcode:  8100000049411
 
Risk type:  Burns, Electric shock
 
This product poses a risk of electric shock and burns because:


- the plug is not of the type F “Schuko”, which is being used in Greece, although it can be fixed in the corresponding sockets;

- the distance between the bars of the “cage” is big enough so the user (especially a child) can have access to the heating element;

- it does not bear any instructions of use in Greek.


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 ordered by the authorities. Press release has been issued.

 
Description:  Electrical heater in a shape of a cage (yellow base, black bars), packed in white-red cardboard box, with the picture of the product on it. Technical characteristics: 220V, 50 Hz, 900W.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 19

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Alert number: 0435/07       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Universal plug adaptor
 
Brand: APC
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Product No: E570997, OEM No: INPA-EC
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 

This product poses a serious risk of electric shock because :


- live plug components can be touched when plug is partially inserted into adaptor;


- it is possible to make a connection between one plug pin and a live adaptor component while the other plug pin can be touched.


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

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

 
Description:  Stamp on adaptor: 6A 250V
Country of origin:  Germany
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 19

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Alert number: 0439/07       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Extension cord
 
Brand: DESIGN
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Design box, 4 m, H05 VV-FG1.0, type marked on plug: 210
 
Batch number / Barcode:  4007123057559
 
Risk type:  Electric shock, Fire
 
This product poses a risk of electric shock and fire because:


- the real value of the cord cross-section area is 1,0 mm². It is not suitable even for load of 10A and must not be used for load of 16A (3500W);

- the safeguarding disconnection of protective conductor occurred only after disconnection of L conductors;

- user’s instructions are missing. Consumers are not instructed about the real cross-section of the cord, how to identify and choose maximal load.


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

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Ban of sales, withdrawal from the market and recall from consumers ordered by the authorities. Press release has been issued.

 
Description:  The body of the winch drum is made of black PVC with four sockets; the box is of red PVC. The extension cord is black. On the winch drum, there are non-remarkable data about cross-sections 1,5-1,0-0,75 mm2 and about applied load of max. 3500W. On one of the four sockets, there is mark of the current 16A, on the other 10A, last two ones are without mark. The product is sold without packaging.
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Slovakia
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 19

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Alert number: 0440/07       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Fan heater/heat convector
 
Brand: Extreme Heat
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  FH-90B bar code 5201547014559
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Fire
 

This product poses a serious risk of fire because during the blocked airway test and the stalled motor test, the self-resetting cut-out operated as expected but the insulating boots on adjacent terminals had started to burn.


In addition, the instruction supplied with the heater had contradictory instructions. Item 5 on page 2 stated that a minimum spacing of 100 cm was required; yet page 3 stated that only 50 cm was required. If the former instruction is correct, there is a risk that the heater may be positioned such that it has inadequate spacing around it.


This product does not comply with the relevant European standard EN 60335.
 

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

 
Description:  Small fan heater 2000 W marked extreme heat / heat convector, packaged in blue and white box.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 19

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Alert number: 0441/07       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Lamps - Philips CLEO Compact 15W
 
Brand: PHILIPS
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Product code: 9280.012.00913. Production date: 8/9 September 2006. Prod Date code: 080906 and 090906
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Burns, Damage to sight, Injuries
 
This product poses a serious risk because of the application of wrong glass which can cause burning of the skin and temporary loss of eye-sight:



- tanning facial => direct burning and temporary loss of eye-sight;



-tanning bed with acrylic covers => acrylics gives temporary protection until it is cracked, then burning and temporary loss of eye-sight;



- equipment in insect traps => burning of skin and temporary loss of eye-sight.



Accidents have been reported:



- in Poland: facial burning of one person;



- in Sweden: cracked acrylic covers of tanning devices reported by an OEM customer of Philips (i.e. tanning device manufacturer). Furthermore in Sweden, notification of one person burnt.



This product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive.
 

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

 
Description:  These lamps are used for tanning beds, facials, insect traps and reprographics. The batch produced on 8/9 September 2006, contains in total 12.532 lamps, of which maximum 3.000 are produced using the wrong glass.
Country of origin:  Poland
Alert submitted by:  The Netherlands
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 19

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Alert number: 0443/07       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Fan heater/heat convector
 
Brand: Extreme Heat
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  FH-90A serial number 8026758 030467
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Fire
 

The information printed on the heaters packaging included a statement that the heater had been fitted with a safety tip over switch. The only safety devices fitted were the over temperature protection devices. The heater would continue to operate if tipped over.


The instruction supplied with the heater has contradictory instructions. Item 5 on page 2 stated that a minimum spacing of 100 cm was required; yet page 3 stated that only 50 cm was required. If the former instruction is correct, there is a risk that the heater may be positioned such that it has inadequate spacing around it.
 

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

 
Description:  Small fan heater 2000 W, marked extreme heat / heat convector, packaged in blue and white box.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 19

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Alert number: 0444/07       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Fan heater/heat convector
 
Brand: Extreme Heat
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  FH-90C, bar code: 5603883502163
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Fire
 

The heater had been constructed such that the elements are in contact with the live input terminal on the selector switch. This resulted in the elements being live even when the switch was in the off position and the fan not working. As soon as the heater was plugged in, the elements rapidly heated to red-hot. Surrounding plastics ignited and the heater caught fire.
 

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

 
Description:  Small fan heater 2000 W, marked extreme heat, packaged in blue and white box.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 19