Rapid Alert System - Weekly Report

Report 34 ( Published on: 31/08/2007)

 
Weekly report Products with serious risks 

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Alert number: 0890/07       
Category:  Chemical products
 
Product:  Tattoo ink – Euro Sumi Outlining ink
 
Brand: Euro Sumi
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Lot # ES020408
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Microbiological
 

The product poses a bacteriological risk because it contains pseudomonas spp (1500 cfu / ml).


Several complaints reported - customers experienced infection after use of the product.
 

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

 
Description:  White plastic bottle with red tip and a black Chinese dragon and Chinese characters on the front. 300 ml.
Country of origin:  United Kingdom
Alert submitted by:  The Netherlands
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 34

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Alert number: 0898/07       
Category:  Chemical products
 
Product:  Mould killer in a bottle - Polycell 3 in 1 Mouldkiller
 
Brand: Polycell
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  - 500ml bottle Bar Code 5010567136017, - 1 litre bottle Bar Code 5010567137014.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 
The product poses a risk of poisoning because a number of the Child Resistant Fasteners (CRF) have been found not to be properly engaged.



Hand closing of CRFs successfully engages the CRF effectively removing the hazard. Neither the CRF or the container have been found to be defective.



The product poses a risk of poisoning as the result of ingesting (drinking the product) which has as an ingredient benzalkonium chloride – fungicidal component.
 

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

 
Description:  The Polycell 3 in 1 Mouldkiller is a water-based product containing fungicides that kill and remove mould. It is a clear colourless liquid. It is sold as 500 ml and 1 litre pack sizes. The bottles are made from clear transparent plastic. The containers are fitted with Child Resistant Fastenings (CRFs) of the squeeze and twist type.
Country of origin:  United Kingdom
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 34

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Alert number: 0894/07       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Passenger cars - directing mechanism in OPEL passenger vehicles
 
Brand: GM
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  OPEL: - Combo-C, - Tigra-B, - Meriva-A. Vehicles have the following VIN numbers: - Combo-C: from 7 4 334708 to 7 4 379398, - Tigra-B: from 7 Ε 009713 to 7 Ε 010557, - Meriva-A: from 7 4 361448 to 7 4 423896.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 

On the affected vehicles a holding ring on the cog rail of the directing mechanism might not be in the proper position. This could lead to a slight shift of the steering wheel which in extreme cases could cause reduction of the stability and the ability to steer the vehicle.

 

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

 
Description:  The recall concerns 2007 model year.
Country of origin:  Germany
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 34

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Alert number: 0901/07       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Passenger car
 
Brand: BMW
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  X5. Models: 4.8i FE 81, 3.Osi FF 41, 3.od FE 41
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 

The driver’s seat is equipped with a main seatbelt pretensioner and an additional pretensioner where the seatbelt is fastened. During an accident, the pretensioner of the final fitting is activated shortly after activation of the main pretensioner. In some isolated cases, this impulse may cause the buckle of the seatbelt to open unnecessarily. If this happens, the restraining action of the three-point safety belt is lost.
 

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

 
Description:  Passenger car category M1
Country of origin:  Germany
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 34

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Alert number: 0902/07       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Bicycle ENGINE Alpena MTB 24
 
Brand: ENGINE Alpena
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  RMS/533717
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 

The product poses a risk of injuries because:


- the size of the brake lever does not enable its safety grip and stopping the bicycle. It may result in a dangerous fall,
- all brake cables are made in a such manner, that their caps do not withstand the required force. After detaching, there is a risk of painful stings by unprotected cables,


- spokes close to a change-speed on the rear wheel are not guarded. If incorrectly changing the gear, there is a risk of stopping wheel rotation due to the cross-over of the spokes with the chain.


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

Measures taken by economic operators: Voluntary withdrawal from the market and voluntary corrective actions taken by the importer  (By: Other)

 
Description:  Mountain bicycle with 24”wheels, fully suspended with 15 speeds in blue-red colour version. Name of the product on the frame - ENGINE Alpena.
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Slovakia
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 34

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Alert number: 0892/07       
Category:  Childcare articles and children's equipment
 
Product:  Children’s bicycle RAVO TYGR BMX 16”
 
Brand: RAVO TYGR
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  16”, blue colour, number of frame: DM 1605060148
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 

This product poses a risk of injuries because:


- a cap of the end of the brake cable does not withstand the required removal force thus it can be accidentally removed by a child,


- the handlebar grips have insufficiently extended and guarded ends (child's hands may slip from the handlebars),


- it is not equipped with a complete chain-guard,
- instructions have insufficient safety warnings.


This product does not comply with the relevant European standard ISO 8098.
 

Measures taken by economic operators: Sales ban, withdrawal from the market and recall from consumers ordered by the authorities. Complementary voluntary corrective actions taken by the supplier.  (By: Other)

 
Description:  Bicycle for young children with 16” wheels. Frame of the bicycle is marked by RAVO TYGR, DM 1605060148. The bicycle is made in a blue-yellow colour combination.
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Slovakia
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 34

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Alert number: 0893/07       
Category:  Childcare articles and children's equipment
 
Product:  Children’s bicycle KENZEL Flash Excellent Style 16"
 
Brand: KENZEL
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Type: Excellent Style 16", number of the frame XP04121511
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 

This product poses a risk of injuries because:


- the brake lever does not enable a safety grip and hold-up of the bicycle,


- the handlebar grips have insufficiently extended and guarded ends (child's hands may slip from the handlebars),


- it is not equipped with a complete chain-guard,


- instructions have insufficient safety warnings.


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

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

 
Description:  Children’s bicycle has 16” wheels and a green frame marked with KENZEL Flash Excellent Style. Bicycle is equipped with two brake systems – a brake V for the front wheel and a torpedo brake for the rear wheel.
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Slovakia
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 34

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Alert number: 0896/07       
Category:  Childcare articles and children's equipment
 
Product:  Bicycle for young children
 
Brand: ALTRIX SUPER WILDHORSE 12"
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  BSP07011568
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 

The product poses a risk of injuries because :


- a cap of the end of the brake cable does not withstand the required removal force. It can be accidentally removed by a child. There is a risk of a painful injury by the unprotected end of the brake cable,


- the handlebar grips have not sufficiently extended and guarded ends. They pose a risk of slipping of the hands from the handlebars and consequently a fall of a child during riding,


- bicycle is not equipped with a complete chain-guard. It poses a risk of a painful constriction of fingers of a child while playing with the chain-guard,


- required safety warnings in instructions provided by the producer are not complete.


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

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

 
Description:  Bicycle for young children with 12” wheels and a red frame. It is equipped with two braking systems - with a hand operated brake on the front wheel and a torpedo break on the rear wheel.
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Slovakia
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 34

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Alert number: 0900/07       
Category:  Childcare articles and children's equipment
 
Product:  Children’s bicycle BMX 12"
 
Brand: Piranha Princess
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  OM 60705457
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 

The product poses a risk of injuries because :


- the brake lever does not enable a safety grip and hold-up of the bicycle,


- the handlebar grips do not have sufficiently extended and guarded ends. This poses a risk of slipping of the hands from the handlebars and consequently a fall of a child during riding,


- safety warnings and instructions are inadequate.


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

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

 
Description:  Bicycle for young children with 12" wheels. The bicycle is made in a black-green-silver colour combination. The frame of the bicycle is marked by Piranha Princess and number of the frame with 705457. The bicycle has a torpedo break on the rear wheel and a hand operated brake on the front wheel.
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Slovakia
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 34

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Alert number: 0905/07       
Category:  Childcare articles and children's equipment
 
Product:  Bicycle for young children DINOTTI JUMP 10" Kinderrad
 
Brand: DINOTTI JUMP
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  - Art. No. 203258, - No. of frame MO 61202292.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 

The product poses a risk of injuries because:


- the bicycle has no brake systems. As a result a child is not able to stop safely the bicycle,


- the handlebar grips do not have sufficiently extended and guarded ends. They therefore pose a risk of slipping of the hands from the handlebars and consequently a fall of a child during riding,


- safety warnings and instructions are inadequate.


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

 

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

 
Description:  Bicycle for young children of yellow-green-black colours with solid 12” wheels. It has no braking system. Marking on the frame: DINOTTI JUMP, MO 61202292 and logo "D". Marking on the product label: DINOTTI, Forstinger, Art. 203258, model: 10"Kinderrad, name: Jump, frame: BMX type, fork:HI:Ten, brakes - antitrack with fully guarded chain system. Despite the last notice, the bicycle has no brakes. The product is packed in a carton box with following data: Art. no. 203258, model:YK701 10"BMX, name: Jump, size:10", DINOTTI, FRG, OR.999-23021178-1ST, Vienna, c/NO, Made in Philippines.
Country of origin:  Philippines
Alert submitted by:  Slovakia
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 34

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Alert number: 0891/07       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Inflatable plastic sword "Pirates of the Caribbean"
 
Brand: Donald Duck & Co
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Cover mount gift with a children's magazine
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains a number of volatile organic chemicals:


- 100-1000 mg/kg of cyclohexanone,

- 10-100 mg/kg of xylenes,

- 10-100 mg/kg of C3-alkyl-benzenes,

- small and not quantified amounts of toluene, methyl-isobutylketone, octa-hydro-naftaline, methyl-decaline and hydrocarbons.


These substances can cause possible irritation and allergic reaction on skin contact or inhalation.


The product does not comply with the Toys Directive and the relevant European standard EN 71-9.
 

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

 
Description:  An inflatable plastic toy in the shape of a sword, 67 cm long, with silver, gold, red and black paint. The toy was packed in metallic plastic wrapping, 10x16 cm, with a picture of a skull and “Pirates of the Caribbean” written on the packaging.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Norway
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 34

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Alert number: 0897/07       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Trumpet (in the form of a clarinet)
 
Brand: SMER
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 

The product poses a risk of choking because the mouth-piece fits entirely into the small parts cylinder.


The 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 and recall from consumers ordered by the authorities

 
Description:  The trumpet is made from PVC of a blue colour. The mouth-piece and the top part of the trumpet are white and removable. The adhesive tape on the toy contains the name of distributor.
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Slovakia
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 34

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Alert number: 0903/07       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Duck filled with bath gel
 
Brand: Mades Cosmetics
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  2702134
 
Batch number / Barcode:  060223, Gencod: 8714462057022
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 
The product poses a chemical risk because it contains di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) the use of which is banned in toys and childcare articles under the Chemicals Restrictions Directive 76/769/EEC.

 

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

 
Description:  Yellow plastic duck with beak painted red and eyes painted black. The duck is filled with a shower gel and closed on the underside with a colourless plastic stopper.
Country of origin:  The Netherlands
Alert submitted by:  France
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 34

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Alert number: 0904/07       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Bath gel with a dolphin toy
 
Brand: Mades Cosmetics
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  2702119
 
Batch number / Barcode:  060601, Gencod: 8714462055806
 
Risk type:  Chemical, Choking
 
The product poses:



- risk of choking due to the presence of small unattached or easily detachable parts (at a force of less than 90N), that can be ingested or inhaled by a child,



- chemical risk because it contains di-(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and di-iso-nonyl phthalate (DINP), the use of which is restricted in toys and childcare articles under the Chemicals Restrictions Directive 76/769/EEC.


 

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

 
Description:  Clear plastic jar containing foaming bath gel and a small PVC toy in the shape of a dolphin, attached to the plastic jar by a white plastic tube. Jar: 12 cm high, dolphin: 6x6x5cm.
Country of origin:  The Netherlands
Alert submitted by:  France
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 34

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Alert number: 0906/07       
Category:  Decorative articles
 
Product:  Cut out t-lite holder
 
Brand: Dunnes Stores
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  7714332
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Fire
 

The product poses a risk of fire because it is flammable upon naked flame and the holder can catch fire and melt.
One incident reported.

 

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

 
Description:  Ornate t-lite holder
Country of origin:  Taiwan
Alert submitted by:  Ireland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 34

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Alert number: 0889/07       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Toaster
 
Brand: Russell Hobbs
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Reflections; Model numbers: 12502-56 and 12502-57; Serial numbers: 0621, 0607, 0640; EAN 5038061018226
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 

This product poses a risk of electric shock because when the product is plugged in but switched off, the heating element is live. The heating element can be touched with the index finger.


Whether the heating element is live depends on the position of the plug.
The product clearly does not have all-pole disconnection, which is normally standard in toasters.


One accident reported.


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

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

 
Description:  Toaster with polished stainless steel exterior and LED display. The affected model numbers are 12502-56 and 12502-57 with batch numbers 0621; 0607; 0640 (The 1st and 2nd figures are the production year; 3rd and 4th figures are the calendar week.).
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 34

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Alert number: 0895/07       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Water heater - electric instantaneous water heater
 
Brand: LORENZETTI Bello Banho
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 

The product poses a risk of electric shock because of:


- the possibility of the closure of the current circuit;


- hydrostatic pressure can raise over the admissible value;


- a lack of protective device against over pressure;


- accessible live parts;
- insufficient mechanical strength.


This 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 authorities

 
Description:  Technical characteristics: 220-230V, 5400W
Country of origin:  Brazil
Alert submitted by:  Bulgaria
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 34

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Alert number: 0899/07       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Immersion heater for water
 
Brand: SANAL
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  SANAL TSE, 6KW 22V, 2706
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 

The product poses a risk of electric shock because:


- the red protective cap of the heating element can be easily removed by hand (without tools) allowing possible contact with the terminals,


- the heater does not have a cable relief device,


- the heater has no earth conductor terminal,


- the heater is not accompanied by assembly instructions.


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

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Sales ban, recall from consumers and information to consumers ordered by the authorities

 
Description:  Rated power 6 KW. According to the supplier, it can be operated at 230V or 400V. Length 43cm. Detachable red plastic protective cap.
Country of origin:  Turkey
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2007 - 34