Rapid Alert System - Weekly Report

Report 5 ( Published on: 08/02/2008)
Corrigendum:

Notification 0987/07 of week 39 of the year 2007 concerning the teething ring "My First Pooh Rattle" has been temporarily withdrawn until the risk assessment is clarified.

 
Weekly report Products with serious risks 

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Alert number: 0149/08       
Category:  Hobby/sports equipment
 
Product:  Bicycle: Scalpel Carbon
 
Brand: Cannondale
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Bicycle frame Scalpel Carbon (model 2008) Various EAN and UPC codes.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
The product poses a risk of injury because:

- the suspension of the wheel at the back of the frame becomes less stable which may lead to less control over the bicycle when riding,

- the glue used on the suspension of the wheel at the back of the frame does not hold and a connection can come loose.

Ten reported incidents.
 

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

 
Description:  Scalpel Carbon model of the year 2008 comes in various frame sizes
Country of origin:  United States
Alert submitted by:  The Netherlands
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 5

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Alert number: 0142/08       
Category:  Lighting chains
 
Product:  Decorative branch – "Pre Lit Branch"
 
Brand: Bright Source Ltd
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  86846 8713608868461 MD5050601-70L (brown) ; 86846 8713608868461 MD5050601-70L (white).
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Burns, Electric shock
 
The product poses a risk of electric shock and burns because:


- the internal wiring of the pre-lit branch appears to have only single insulation;


- a supplementary layer to provide double insulation is missing;


- accessible metal parts: The single (basic) insulated wiring is in contact with the metal branches. Tips of some of the branches are accessible where the wrapping has not sufficiently covered the ends;


- one of the submitted samples had burst into flame whilst in normal operation.


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

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

 
Description:  Decorative illuminated branch. AC mains operated. Approx 1 metre in length. Brown and white models available. Items supplied in clear plastic wrapper.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 5

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Alert number: 0134/08       
Category:  Lighting equipment
 
Product:  Table lamps - 2 cylindrical table lamps "Present Light"
 
Brand: Kitten Dream
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Present Light, GB7000.11-1999
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 
The product poses a risk of electric shock because:

- the lamp has no cord anchorage and the mains cable conductors are therefore insufficiently protected against tension and twisting;

- the mains switch does not have any strain relief;

- the cross-section of the mains cable is less than 0.5 mm² (the required measurement is 0.75 mm²), which does not provide sufficient mechanical strength;

- wires with basic insulation can be touched at the point they enter the lamp housing;

- all inscriptions required by the standard, such as the manufacturer's data, the rated voltage,  the Protection Class II-symbol, the type or order number and the rated power of the bulb are missing;

- the warnings are not in German.

The 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 ordered by the authorities.

 
Description:  2 identically designed portable table lamps (230V/25W), which differ only by the pattern on the lampshade. • protection class II design, • metal lamp housing, • plastic lampshade, • E14-lamp holder, • mains switch, • approximately 1.1m-long mains cable with moulded europlug, • Dimensions: height: approximately 27.5 cm, Ø approximately 10 cm.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 5

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Alert number: 0139/08       
Category:  Lighting equipment
 
Product:  Recessed luminaire set with halogen lamp
 
Brand: Landlite
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  KIT57-3 MRG, Bar code: 6910789812463
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 
The product poses risk of electric shock because the basic-insulated parts (lampholder and wires connected to the lampholder) are accessible.

The 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 set includes 3 metal-covered luminaires. Each luminaire consists of a metal frame and a fitting unit (including a GZ10 lamp holder and a terminal block). The light source cannot be adjusted. Main components: lamp holder („NANGRONG K512GZ 250V 100W VDE UL US"); terminal block ("TEILBAR 500 400V 2.5 4 CE" + mark of approval). Technical specifications: 230 V; Max 50 W GZ10, Class II.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Hungary
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 5

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Alert number: 0140/08       
Category:  Lighting equipment
 
Product:  Lamps - Coconut animal lamps
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Six models of lamp. Codes: CL1, CL2, CL3, CL4, CL5 and CL6.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 
The product poses a risk of electric shock because:

- the wiring and plug do not match those listed on the export certificate;

- the twisting of the lampholder while replacing a bulb may cause the wiring to twist;

- the cable does not meet requirements;

- there is no barrier preventing contact with the live terminal.

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

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

 
Description:  The animal frame is constructed from coconut shell and wood, with a separate night-light/electrical flex fitting. Light shines from within the coconut shell body of the lamp. The lamps come in six different animal shapes - horse; giraffe; zebra; frog; elephant and tortoise.
Country of origin:  Thailand
Alert submitted by:  Ireland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 5

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Alert number: 0141/08       
Category:  Lighting equipment
 
Product:  Recessed luminaires with halogen lamps
 
Brand: Huayi Lighting
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  MS-1001 and MS-01XSY
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock, Fire
 
The notified products pose a risk of:


- electric shock since the basic insulated parts (SELV lampholder connected to 230V and the wires connected to the lampholder), and the pins of the light source are accessible;


- fire because the consumer will presumably use a bi-pin SELV(-Safety of Extra Low Voltage -) halogen lamp designed for SELV lampholder and connect it to the mains power supply (230V).


In addition, the symbols indicating the rated voltage and the classification are missing from the data plate.


The 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 metal-covered lights include a silver metal frame, a GX5.3 ceramic lampholder for connecting bi-pin SELV halogen lamps. A terminal block was supplied with the MS-101 type luminaire. This type cannot be adjusted, while the MS-01XSY type can be adjusted in approx. 30°. Main parts of product: GX5.3 lampholder ("DX-106 25V 4A VDE CE"), terminal block ("W6 380V N D FI UL CE").Technical specifications: 220/230 V~, 50/60 Hz, MR16 Max. 50 W, F-mark.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Hungary
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 5

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Alert number: 0143/08       
Category:  Lighting equipment
 
Product:  Recessed luminaries with reflector lamp
 
Brand: REGGIANI
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Cod. 3401
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock, Fire
 
The notified products pose a risk of:


- electric shock since the basic insulated parts (wires connected to the lampholder) are accessible, there is no device to protect against pulling and twisting, and sharp metal parts protrude into the wireways;


- fire because the PVC insulation may get into contact with the light source and thus overheat (measured value: 181°C).


The 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 metal-covered luminaires include a silver metal frame, a GX5.3 ceramic lampholder for connecting bi-pin SELV halogen lamps. A terminal block was supplied with the MS-101 type luminaire. This type cannot be adjusted, while the MS-01XSY type can be adjusted in approx. 30°. Main parts of product: GX5.3 lampholder ("DX-106 25V 4A VDE CE"), terminal block ("W6 380V N D FI UL CE").Technical specifications: 220/230 V~, 50/60 Hz, MR16 Max. 50 W, F-mark.
Country of origin:  Italy
Alert submitted by:  Hungary
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 5

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Alert number: 0147/08       
Category:  Lighting equipment
 
Product:  Recessed luminaries with compact fluorescent lamp
 
Brand: JCT
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  1. 04WC077 (on the packaging GEMINI DO-PL2X26SW) 2. 04WC076 (on the packaging GEMINI DO-PL2X18SW)).
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 
The products pose a risk of electric shock because:

- the basic insulated parts (wires connected to the lampholder, ballasts, terminal block) are accessible,

- the wires may get damaged due to sharp edges,

- there is no device protecting against pulling and twisting force,

- there is no appropriate provision of earthing (use of painted surfaces).

The 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 aluminium reflector part of approx. 20 cm diameter, 2 ballasts, 2 plastic lampholders and the terminal block are fitted to the black base part of the luminaire. Main parts of the luminaires: 1. ballast (HUAWEI B2698 26W 230V 50Hz 0,31A COSFi 0,44 tw130 Delta t55 CE); lampholder (NF 250V 75W VDE UL CE); terminal block without inscription (380V 5A). Neither light source nor installation instruction was attached to the product. Technical specifications: 230 V; 50 Hz; 453 mA; 2x26 W; G24d-2; F-mark; Class I. 2. ballast (HUAWEI B1898 18W 230V 50Hz 0,22A COSFi 0,49 tw130 Delta t50 CE); lampholder (NF 250V 75W VDE UL CE); terminal block without inscription (380V 5A). Neither light source nor installation instruction was attached to the product. Technical specifications: 230 V; 50 Hz; 314 mA; 2x18 W; G24d-2; F-mark; Class I.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Hungary
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 5

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Alert number: 0158/08       
Category:  Lighting equipment
 
Product:  Desk lamp with metal frame
 
Brand: Bright Light
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  "Bright Light"(only on the packaging), Bar code: 5996265612605.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 
The product poses a risk of electric shock because:

- the basic insulated parts are accessible,

- the single insulated wires get into contact with accessible metal parts,

- the nut fixing the lampholder is not secured against loosening.

The 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 ordered by the authorities.

 
Description:  The luminaire consists of a welded metal frame and the translucent plastic foil is glued onto it. The E14 plastic lampholder is in the geometrical axle of the luminaire and it is fastened to the metal frame with a nut. Main parts of product: E14 lampholder ("E14 208A 2A 250V 20209/0635/E T210° CE"), mains cable ("RVVB PVC INSULATED WIRE 2x0.75mm2 300/500V"); plug ("2.5A 250V~" + mark of approval); switch inserted into the cable ("KF-308 2A/250V~ CE" + VDE). Technical specifications: not indicated on the product. Dimensions: 15 cm x 15 cm x 37 cm.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Hungary
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 5

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Alert number: 0145/08       
Category:  Machinery
 
Product:  Outdoor vacuum.
 
Brand: Billy Goat
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Vacuum: models MV650H and MV650SPH; Serial numbers affected: 061107xxx, 061807xxx, 062507xxx, 070907xxx, 072407xxx, 073007xxx, 080607xxx, 081307xxx, 082007xxx, 082707xxx, 090407xxx, 091007xxx; Honda engine: model GSV190LN1L.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Burns, Fire
 
The product poses a risk of fire and burns because vibration may cause a crack in the fuel tank. This may lead to a fuel leak and hence a risk of fire or burns.


The product does not comply with the Machinery Directive.
 

Measures taken by economic operators: Voluntary stop of sales and corrective actions taken by the importer. (By: Other)

 
Description:  Black and green vacuum with red motor housing. The name “Billy Goat” is printed on the vacuum’s bag and on the front. The model and serial numbers are printed on a label located directly below the height adjustment crank on the left side of the vacuum.
Country of origin:  United States
Alert submitted by:  France
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 5

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Alert number: 0138/08       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  4-wheeled motorised Quad bike
 
Brand: KYMCO
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  MXU 500
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
The product poses a risk of injuries because the pivot bolts holding the rear suspension onto the frame can become loose causing the rear swing arm to detach from the chassis. As a consequence, riders can lose control of vehicle.
 

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

 
Description:  This recall involves all model year 2006-2008 MXU 500 ATVs, with serial numbers from RFBL7000062200101 to RFBL7001072200222.
Country of origin:  Taiwan
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 5

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Alert number: 0160/08       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Passenger car
 
Brand: Mitsubishi
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Mitsubishi Space Wagon, Mitsubishi Space Runner.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
The product poses a risk of injuries because the front left inner brake hydraulic line can be damaged by the hose from the servo-assisted steering and the effectiveness of the brakes will be reduced.
 

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

 
Description:  Model year 1992 and 1993.
Country of origin:  Japan
Alert submitted by:  Sweden
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 5

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Alert number: 0165/08       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Passenger car - Volvo S40/V50
 
Brand: VOLVO
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  S40, VIN 000001-168553. V50, VIN 000001-169722.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
The product poses a risk of injuries because of an insufficient sealing of the PEM (Fuel Pump Electronic Module), which lead to water ingress, internal corrosion and an increased failure frequency. Long term or recurring exposure to salt or wet conditions may lead to internal corrosion in the PEM. Faulty signal from the PEM, to the fuel pump may lead to a too high, a too low or no fuel pressure at all to the engine. As a result the engine can stall.
 

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

 
Description:  - S40:5 cylinder petrol engine with PEM (engine code 38,39,66,67,68) in corrosive markets. - V50:5 cylinder petrol engine with PEM (engine code 38,39,66,67,68) in corrosive markets.
Country of origin:  Sweden
Alert submitted by:  Sweden
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 5

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Alert number: 0172/08       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Motorcycles
 
Brand: YAMAHA
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  MT-03
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Burns
 
The product poses a risk of burns because there is a possibility that the left silencer protector of the MT-03 model’s exhaust pipe will melt, because its design is not suitable for the high temperatures that occur in the part during use.

The distance between the protector and the silencer is not sufficient to prevent the effects of the heat.
 

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

 
Description:  Motorcycles with the following chassis numbers: RMO24000000301 to RMO24000006814 RMO24000000301 to RMO24000006814 RMO24000008001 to RMO24000009153 RMO24000008001 to RMO24000009153.
Country of origin:  Italy
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 5
Products were found and measures were taken also in:  Portugal

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Alert number: 0144/08       
Category:  Childcare articles and children's equipment
 
Product:  Massage sponges for children
 
Brand: Fornor
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Reference 17650, Bar code: 8422175176502.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 
The product poses a risk of choking because of small parts (eyes) which can be detached with a force of less than 90 N (25 N) and which could be ingested or inhaled by children.
 

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

 
Description:  - Green sponge in the form of a duck (with yellow head and arms, pink beak and pink legs); white attachment string. - Blue sponge in the form of a dog (with brown and white body and dark brown ears); white attachment string.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  France
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 5

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Alert number: 0151/08       
Category:  Stationery
 
Product:  Office paper pad with metal clip
 
Brand: Auro
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  EAN 6921713907537
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 
The product poses a chemical risk as materials used for principal parts of the product are not safe for human health. According to the test report there are higher contents of released metals: content of released nickel > 0,5 µg/cm²/week and content of released lead exceeds 0,2 mg/kg in plastic. The released nickel can be a source of irritation and allergic reaction of skin, the high content of lead penetrating into the organism can have a toxic effect.
 

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

 
Description:  The office paper pad with metal clip, size A4, with swivel for pencil, grey colour may be different, packed in transparent PE film.
Country of origin:  Czech Republic
Alert submitted by:  Czech Republic
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 5

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Alert number: 0153/08       
Category:  Stationery
 
Product:  Pen set - Winnie the Pooh Fun Marker Set
 
Brand: Disney
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Bar Code 8712048189167
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 
The product poses a risk of choking because the end of the closures did not meet safety requirements as none of the pen caps have a continuous air passage.

The product does not comply with the relevant standard.
 

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

 
Description:  Pen set in plastic handbag.
Country of origin:  Hong Kong
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 5

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Alert number: 0159/08       
Category:  Stationery
 
Product:  Erasers - rubbers
 
Brand: ONAS
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Bar code 6927030200207
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 
The product poses a risk of choking because it contains small parts which fit into the small parts cylinder.

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

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

 
Description:  A set of rubbers in different colours in the shape of fruit, containing the following: 2 slices of orange with a diameter of approximately 2 cm, 1 item in the shape of two sliced bananas, approximately 1.5 cm long and 2 items in the shape of a halved apple with a diameter of approximately 3 cm.
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Bulgaria
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 5

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Alert number: 0132/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Dinosaur growing pet
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Bar code: 4 019142 095771.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 
The product poses a risk of choking because:

- during the tensile test the dinosaur and a part of the tail and feet broke off and they fit into the small parts cylinder;

- the toy expanded in all three directions more than the permitted 50%.

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

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

 
Description:  The dinosaur is hidden in an egg which hatches when put into water, according to the instructions for use. Dimension of the egg: 60x46 mm.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Hungary
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 5

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Alert number: 0136/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Wooden toy - wooden train (50 cm) with slot-in animals
 
Brand: Westside
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  VOD N° 630324.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking, Suffocation
 
The product poses a risk of:


- choking because the play figure (train driver) fits completely into the small parts test cylinder;


- suffocation by strangulation as the free length of cords on toys (including handles) which could form loops must not exceed 220 mm. In this case, the cord attached to the locomotive has a handle (red ball). The end of the cord (with the ball) can easily get caught on a wheel, thereby forming a loop. The length of the cord – 520 mm – far exceeds the maximum admissible length of 220 mm. The circumference of the loop which is formed if the ball catches behind one of the front wheels is over 400 mm. However, the length of loops in the cord must not exceed 380 mm otherwise, there is a risk that children could pull the loop over their heads and strangle themselves.


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

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Recall from consumers and destruction of the product ordered by the authorities.

 
Description:  The wooden train consists of 1 locomotive and 2 carriages. The colour is a combination of natural wood and different-coloured varnishes (red, green, blue, yellow). Locomotive: the roof of the driver's compartment and the driver (play figure) are removable. The open carriage contains 4 removable cubes. Closed carriage: removable roof, slot-in animals (wooden pieces with pictures of animals printed on them) can be slotted through the openings in the side walls of the carriage. Attached to the floor of both carriages is a short piece of red cord from which a skittle-shaped piece of wood hangs. This can be placed in the corresponding opening of the other carriage or locomotive (carriages' couplings). A long red cord with a red wooden ball at the end is attached to the locomotive (for pulling the train).
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Austria
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 5

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Alert number: 0137/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Coloured rubber animals - : "Mis amiguitos del baño" ("My bathtime friends")
 
Brand: Peke toys
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode:  8422562485132
 
Risk type:  Choking
 
The notified products pose a risk of choking because, due to their shape and size, they can cause asphyxiation or vomiting if a child put them in the mouth.

These products do not comply with the Toys Directive and with the relevant European standard EN 71–1.
 

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

 
Description:  Four rubber toy animals: three coloured fish (orange and grey; blue, yellow and black; yellow and white) and a dolphin (grey and red). They are packaged in a clear plastic bag, sealed with a cardboard strip featuring coloured drawings of two children and various little animals (frog, tortoise, dog and duckling), as well as the identification of the importer, the CE mark and the reference Made in China.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 5

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Alert number: 0148/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Toy mobile phone
 
Brand: Call Telephone
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  EAN 5904265152915
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking, Damage to hearing
 
The product poses a risk of:


- damage to hearing because the A weighted emission sound pressure level exceeded 80dB A,


- choking because of small parts which became detached in the drop test and which could be ingested or inhaled by children.


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

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

 
Description:  The toy is a simple “mobile” phone, made of yellow plastic with colourful buttons in the shape of fruit. Pressing any button results in sounds emission. The toy is powered by 2 “AA” 1,5 V batteries. The packaging is a cardboard, yellow box with multicolour inscriptions and marks.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Poland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 5

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Alert number: 0152/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Doll
 
Brand: Funky Thing Sparkling Girlz.
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Article N° 6570600.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 
The product poses a chemical risk because the dolls’ feet contain 8.8 % by weight of di-2-ethyl-hexylphthalate (DEHP). According to the Chemical Restriction Directive 76/769/EEC, permitted limit value for certain phthalates in toys is 0.1% by weight.
 

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

 
Description:  10.5 inch (26-27 cm) tall doll made of plastic in the form of a blonde woman with a pink dress, or a blonde woman with a pink top and a light blue skirt, or a red-haired woman with a dark pink or purple coloured top with silver trim and a pale lavender coloured skirt. Each doll is packaged in a pink triangular carton with a pointed lower end, marked "10.5 inch Fully Poseable Doll", Symbol "3+" (= not for children under 3 years old).
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 5

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Alert number: 0154/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Plastic stick toy - Hobby horse
 
Brand: RICE
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Hobby horse: Product code: KIHOR-XC Hobby horse: Product code: KIHOR-MA07 Hobby (horse) lion: Product code: KIHOR-XCLI.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Suffocation
 
The product poses a risk of suffocation by strangulation because the bridle has a length of approximately 620 mm. It should not exceed 380 mm.

The product does not comply with the Toys Directive and the relevant European standard EN 71-8.
 

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

 
Description:  Hobby horse (soft toy). A stick (approx: 65 cm) covered with coloured fabric. The head is approx. 21 cm height, shaped either as the head of a horse or a lion. Both are covered with coloured fabric.
Country of origin:  Thailand
Alert submitted by:  Denmark
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 5

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Alert number: 0155/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Wooden toy- Chad Valley Wooden Construction Train
 
Brand: Chad Valley Wooden Pre School Toys
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Item Code: 304012980,
 
Batch number / Barcode:  5019388413802, Batch Code: S/N 07/27.
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 
The product poses a chemical risk because the orange paint of the toy contains excessive levels of lead (515 mg/kg) and chromium (110 mg/kg). Lead and chromium are found to have long term adverse health effects if ingested.

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

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

 
Description:  A wooden build your own train with multi coloured and different shaped blocks. The train is free wheeling and when constructed has two carriages. Packaging is an open window box.
Country of origin:  Hong Kong
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 5

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Alert number: 0156/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Soft toy - doll
 
Brand: Happy Dolls
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  nr art. 3025; EAN 5907308880004.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Suffocation
 
The product poses a risk of suffocation by strangulation because:

- the diameter of golden string attached to the head of a doll is 1,2mm instead of a least 1,5mm,

- the length of a lace in a doll’s shoe is inappropriate – it is 240 whereas it should not be longer than 220 mm.

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

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

 
Description:  The toy is a doll made of fibbers and soft plastic, dressed mostly pink and yellow with pink hair. The packaging is a plastic, transparent bag, closed by folded cardboard. On the cardboard there are following information: “CE mark”, the name and address of the importer, the name of a toy, a pictogram wit age 0-3 restriction, EAN and inscriptions: “Unsuitable for children under 3 years old. The risk of swallowing small parts” and about necessity of storing the packaging due to useful information.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Poland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 5

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Alert number: 0157/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Rattle toy – clip on rattle toy
 
Brand: Heimess
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  767450
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 
The product poses a risk of choking because it contains small parts which can be detached on the application of 90N tensile force and which fit into the small part cylinder.

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

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

 
Description:  A clip on toy rattle consisting of brightly coloured wooden beads, bells connected using red cord attached to a clip in the shape of a bee. The product is packaged in clear packaging with a label attached with the words -Made in Germany, Heimess.
Country of origin:  Germany
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 5

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Alert number: 0162/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Doll
 
Brand: Beauty Girl
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  EAN 4030681006608.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 
The product poses a chemical risk because it contains DEHP.

The contents of DEHP in the toys exceed permitted limit laid down by the Chemicals Restrictions Directive 76/769/EEC. The products pose a risk for health of a child.
 

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

 
Description:  Approximately 27 cm high doll in a yellow dress.
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 5

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Alert number: 0163/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Scoubidou, various colours
 
Brand: Kim Play
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  30 Scoubidou strands approximately 80 cm long, EAN code: 3 225430 002548.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 
The product poses a chemical risk because the plasticiser contains 24.7% by weight of di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP).

According to the Chemicals Restrictions Directive 76/769/EEC certain phthalates shall not be used in toys in concentration higher than of 0,1 % by weight.
 

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

 
Description:  Scoubidou strands in various colours.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 5

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Alert number: 0164/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Snake pencil - "Bleistiftschlange"
 
Brand: TEDi GmbH & Co. KG
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  "Bleistiftschlange" (pencil in coil form), EAN code 23398001331000000100, order/article No 2339800.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 
The product poses a chemical risk because its casing contains plasticizer Di-2-ethylhexylphthalate (DEHP) in the concentration of 9.3% by weight and exceeds the limit of 0.1% by weight.

The product does not comply with the Chemical Restriction Directive 76/769/EEC.
 

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

 
Description:  Pencil lead encased in mauve plastic (like a cable), total length 2 m, in a coil, with sharpener made of plastic, enclosed in star form made of hard mauve and white plastic.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 5

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Alert number: 0167/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Soft toys shaped as different animals
 
Brand: RICE
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Horse, product code: KITOY-HOXC Horse, product code: KITOY-HO08 Dog, product code: KITOY- DOXE Frog, product code: KIFRO-XC07 Pig, product code: KIPIG-XC Pig, product code: PIPIG-XC08 Donkey, product code: KITOY-SDOXC.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 
These products pose a risk of choking because the horse, dog and frog (the exporter also decided to recall the other animals: pig, donkey) did not withstand the test and plastic filling can become accessible. Children may put it into their mouth and choke.

These products do not comply with the Toys Directive and with the relevant European standard EN 71.
 

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

 
Description:  Soft toys animals shaped as mentioned above. The toys are made of coloured fabrics.
Country of origin:  Thailand
Alert submitted by:  Denmark
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 5

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Alert number: 0171/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Face-painting kit, green face-paint compact and yellow face-paint compact
 
Brand: Early Learning Centre (ELC)
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Face-painting kit product reference: 110302, green product reference: 100377, yellow product reference: 100381.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 
These products pose a chemical risk because of the contents of lead and chromium in the green and yellow face paints exceed the permissible levels. Measured levels 3450 ppm lead and 128 ppm chromium in the yellow face-paint.

These products do not comply with the Toys Directive and the relevant European standard EN 71-3
 

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

 
Description:  Face-painting kit has Early Learning Centre logo with a boy and girl dressed as an Indian and a Zebra on its packaging. The kit consists of 8 face paints, 4 stencils, sponge and brush applicators. Green and yellow are single face-paint compacts.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Ireland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 5

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Alert number: 0173/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Joke item - Trendy Fun Cigarette
 
Brand: Trendy Fun
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  5310900
 
Batch number / Barcode:  5310900124100000010
 
Risk type:  Health risk / other
 
The product poses a health risk due to possible inhalation of the talcum powder contained in the "cigarettes" (talc test positive, characteristic peaks at 3675, 1018 and 3675, 1018 and 669 cm-¹). Given that children could inhale while imitating an adult smoking, the product must be classified as unsafe for the target group – children; a warning notice would not be sufficient to adequately ensure their safety.


One accident reported: a 12-year-old boy inhaled the talcum powder, producing dramatic symptoms and seriously damaging his health (respiratory tract, bronchial tubes, lungs).
 

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

 
Description:  Two "cigarettes" in transparent plastic on coloured cardboard with the inscription "Trendy Fun Cigarette" and a drawing of a boy smoking. The inscriptions on the back read "Cigarette – joke item – The cigarette contains non-hazardous talcum powder. To release this powder, lightly squeeze the cigarette. If BLOWN INTO with force, the cigarette emits smoke. Warning! Not suitable for children under 3 years because of small parts which may be swallowed".
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 5

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Alert number: 0174/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Bomb bag
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  T-101, EAN4719147091012.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Damage to hearing
 
The product poses a risk of damage to hearing because peak sound pressure level on explosion lies between 135.5 and 135.7 dB if children do not move quickly away from the exploding toy.

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

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

 
Description:  Plastic bag, approximately 70 mm x 70 mm x 4 mm. Various illustrations of theatres of war with exploding bombs.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 5

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Alert number: 0150/08       
Category:  Clothing, textiles and fashion items
 
Product:  Plastic tiara
 
Brand: Barbie
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
The product poses a risk of head injuries for children because of the presence of sharp edges on the teeth of the comb.

One incident has been reported.
 

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

 
Description:  Plastic “Barbie” tiaras with plastic teeth, pink, with a label containing inscriptions in Bulgarian and also information about the importer and a warning with information about the age restrictions – over 3 years of age.
Country of origin:  Turkey
Alert submitted by:  Bulgaria
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 5

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Alert number: 0170/08       
Category:  Clothing, textiles and fashion items
 
Product:  Winter coat
 
Brand: Sport Fashiondress
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Suffocation
 
These products pose a risk of suffocation by strangulation due to the entrapment of the hood cords. Garments intended for young children (≤7 years, ≤134 cm) may not include drawstrings, functional cords or decorative cords in the hood or neck area.

These products do not comply with the relevant European standard EN 14682.
 

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

 
Description:  Unknown
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Finland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 5

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Alert number: 0146/08       
Category:  Cosmetics
 
Product:  Toothpaste - Colgate "Whitening Advanced"
 
Brand: COLGATE <b>THIS IS A COUNTERFEIT PRODUCT</b>
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Batch number: 5138ZA10, EAN Code 6001067020714-BATCH 5138ZA10.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Microbiological
 
The product poses a microbiological risk due to the presence of mesophilic aerobic microorganisms (1100000 cfu/g). This count is higher than the reference value (<1 000 cfu/g), for which reason this toothpaste may be harmful to health.
 

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

 
Description:  Tube of toothpaste. The packaging consists of a cardboard box with no labelling in Spanish, printed with: 100 ml.
Country of origin:  South Africa
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 5

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Alert number: 0168/08       
Category:  Cosmetics
 
Product:  Herbal foot balm - Biocomfort Heilkräuter-Fussbalsam
 
Brand: Biocomfort
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Lot No 7417 use-by date 05.09.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 
The product poses a chemical risk because the herbal foot balm contains high proportion of preserving agents, detected 137 mg/kg (105 mg/kg of 5-Chlor-2-methyl-3 (2H)-isothiazolon and 32 mg/kg of 2-Methyl-3(2H)-isothiazolon) whereas the maximum allowed limit is 15 mg/kg.
 

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

 
Description:  White cream in a printed plastic bottle with screw cap, 200 ml.
Country of origin:  Austria
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 5

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Alert number: 0169/08       
Category:  Decorative articles
 
Product:  Artificial Christmas Tree - 6FT 6IN (198CM) Prelit 300 MAINS Multi Function Musical Tree
 
Brand: B&Q
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  05125722
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Fire
 
The product poses a risk of fire because in some instances the control box unit circuit can fail leading it to overheat. Four recorded incidents.
 

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

 
Description:  6ft 6in (198cm) Pre-lit 300 Mains Multi Function Musical Tree. Supplied in B&Q branded carton blue box with colour picture.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 5

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Alert number: 0133/08       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Extension cord - Universal extension lead 250V/16A
 
Brand: ACAR
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  10 m.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock, Fire
 
The product poses a risk of electric shock and fire because:


- the cross-section of the extension lead is too small (1 mm²) for the length of the cable,


- there is no integrated protection,


- the extension lead does not have an earth wire (non-standard coupling).


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

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

 
Description:  Extension lead without earth wire, with special plug with recesses instead of the earth contacts found in earthed plugs, and special coupling with cast protrusions instead of the contact springs for the earth wire found in earthed plugs; 10m long; orange; for indoor and outdoor use. Same voluntary measures have been taken regarding similar extension leads measuring 20m and 30m.
Country of origin:  France
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 5

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Alert number: 0135/08       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Extension cord "Universal extension cord"
 
Brand: ACAR
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock, Fire
 
The product poses a risk of:


- electric shock because it is not equipped with the earth wire and it has non-standard coupling;


- fire because the cross-section of the conductors (1 mm²) is too small for the length of the cable and there is no integrated protection.


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

Measures taken by economic operators: Voluntary stop of sales. (By: Other)

 
Description:  Extension cord 250 V / 16 A without earth wire; 40 m long; orange; for indoor and outdoor use.
Country of origin:  France
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 5

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Alert number: 0161/08       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Hair straightener - Lee Stafford Lee's Box of Tricks
 
Brand: Lee Stafford
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Item code: 24-66-473
 
Batch number / Barcode:  5023986000647.
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 
The product poses a risk of electric shock because under certain circumstances, when a force is applied to the hair straightener at a particular angle, the plate securing the mains cable entry can be weakened and break allowing the cable to become detached from the appliance.

Two complaints have been received.

The 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:  Hair straighteners as part of a hair dryer and hairbrush set, packaged in Lee Stafford branded triangular shaped, black carrier with pink-coloured information collar.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 5

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Alert number: 0166/08       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Hair straightener - Lee Stafford Poker Hair Straightening Iron
 
Brand: Lee Stafford
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Item code: 24-54-036.
 
Batch number / Barcode:  5023986000623.
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 
The product poses risk of electric shock because under certain circumstances, when a force is applied to the hair straightener at a particular angle, the plate securing the mains cable entry can be weakened and break allowing the cable to become detached from the appliance.

The 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:  Black and pink coloured Hair straightener with Lee Stafford branding. Packaged in similarly coloured rectangular box.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 5