Rapid Alert System - Weekly Report

Report 13 ( Published on: 04/04/2008)

 
Weekly report Products with serious risks 

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Alert number: 0381/08       
Category:  Jewellery
 
Product:  Bracelet : "Dog Tag" bracelets
 
Brand: TRIBAL SWADOW
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Article no.: 76/1087
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains azo-dyes that release 191 mg/kg of amines benzidine and 156 mg/kg of 3,3’-dimethoxy benzidine.


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

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

 
Description:  Black braided textile bracelets with various metallic decorations in the middle (36-40 cm).
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 13

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Alert number: 0387/08       
Category:  Kitchen/cooking accessories
 
Product:  Thermal flasks and containers
 
Brand: ARTE & FUOCO / CASAITALIA
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains asbestos fibres which could cause cancer if inhaled when the glass container breaks and the asbestos board is handled.


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 product types with the brand name Arte & Fuoco: blue, 1 litre; yellow, 1.2 litres; orange, 0.8 litres; with yellow handle, 0.15 litres; with yellow handle, 0.25 litres; with yellow handle, 0.75 litres; with blue handle, 1 litre.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Italy
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 13

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Alert number: 0383/08       
Category:  Machinery
 
Product:  Wind turbine
 
Brand: PROVEN
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  WT2500, WT6000, WT6000E and WT15000.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 

The product poses a risk of injuries because of insufficient tightening or movement of the connecting bolts. This results in fatigue leading to overload which causes the heads of the bolts to pop off. One incident reported.
 

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

 
Description:  Wind turbine
Country of origin:  United Kingdom
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 13

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Alert number: 0388/08       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Motorcycle fuel hose
 
Brand: KAWASAKI
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Motorcycles, models VN900B/C
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Fire
 

The product poses a risk of fire because the fuel hose may not be securely connected to the fuel injector delivery pipe. This could result in fuel leakage from the connector, creating a risk of fire
 

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

 
Description:  1. VN900B6F – from JKAVN900BBA000453 to JKAVN900BBA010129, 2. VN900B7F – from JKAVN900BBA014014 to JKAVN900BBA025099, 3. VN900B8F – from JKAVN900BBA030001 to JKAVN900BBA034073, 4. VN900C7F – from KAVN900CCA000226 to JKAVN900CCA008630, 5. VN900C8F – from JKAVN900CCA015001 to JKAVN900CCA016060.
Country of origin:  Japan
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 13

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Alert number: 0386/08       
Category:  Childcare articles and children's equipment
 
Product:  Wooden playpen
 
Brand: CALYPSO
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  #132211
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries, Suffocation
 
The product poses a risk of injuries and suffocation because:



- the 4 spring clips used to support the base are not protected against corrosion,



- the slots in the corner posts are between 5mm & 12mm and more than 10mm deep. A gap between 5mm & 12mm exists between the lower side rails and the base rails on all 4 sides,



- a gap between 25mm & 45mm exists between the corner posts and their adjacent dowels,



- the folding mechanism requires 2 consecutive actions to release, the first fails to require 50N to release,



- the minimum internal height from the top of the corner post (highest point on which a child can stand) to the top rail, is less than 600mm



- when in the elevated position, one of the spring clips deform allowing the base to collapse. With the base in the lowest position, 2 of the support brackets detach allowing the base to collapse when impacted at the centre end location,



- it is not marked with the maximum weight of child to use the playpen.
 

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

 
Description:  A rectangular wooden playpen with plain dowel bars and a PVC-covered, padded MDF base board. The sides can be folded down and it has 2 legs and 2 lockable casters.
Country of origin:  Poland
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 13

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Alert number: 0390/08       
Category:  Childcare articles and children's equipment
 
Product:  Baby walker
 
Brand: CUBIE
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 

The product poses a risk of injuries due to sharp edges, protruding elements and entrapment when it is folded or adjusted.


The product does not comply with the relevant European standard ЕN 1273.
 

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

 
Description:  Baby walking frame made of plastic, with a textile seat and a music panel for entertaining the child. The item is packed in a transparent plastic bag.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Bulgaria
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 13

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Alert number: 0393/08       
Category:  Childcare articles and children's equipment
 
Product:  Cradle
 
Brand: BEBE CONFORT
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Cocon Evolution. REF. 28088600
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking, Injuries
 
The products poses a risk of:



- choking because the piece of plastic connecting the covering to the structure of the cradle comes apart and generates a small part which could easily be swallowed by a child.



- injuries because the angle between the backrest and the seat when the backrest is in its highest position is less than 90º which is less than required in the relevant European standard EN 12790.
 

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

 
Description:  Product is a reclining cradle. The packaging is a cardboard box.
Country of origin:  Italy
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 13

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Alert number: 0389/08       
Category:  Stationery
 
Product:  Eraser "MonokuRo Boo"
 
Brand: SAN-X
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  200 MOB015 Monoku Ro Boo.
 
Batch number / Barcode:  8809164007250.
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains 38% by weight of di-2-ethyl-hexylphthalate (DEHP).
 

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

 
Description:  White rectangular PVC eraser packed in cellophane. Inside there is a piece of cardboard with pig patterns and identifying data and markings. Dimensions: approx. 2,4x1x1 cm.
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Hungary
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 13

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Alert number: 0376/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Toys with magnets – Magnetix MagnaMan magnetic action figures.
 
Brand: MEGA Brands
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  28170 – 072348281700, 28198 – 072348281984, 28171 – 072348281717, 28327 – 072348283278, 28172 – 072348281724, 28175 – 072348281755, 28173 – 072348281731, 28393 – 072348283933, 28164 – 072348281649, 28392 – 072348283926, 28165 – 072348281656, 28327 – 072348283278.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking, Injuries
 
The product poses a risk of choking and injuries. Small magnets inside the figures can be detached. Magnets found by young children can be swallowed or aspirated. If more than one magnet is swallowed, the magnets can attract each other causing intestinal perforations or blockages, which can be fatal.
 

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

 
Description:  Magnetix MagnaMan figures for build and rebuild action. Assortment includes Izor the futuristic alien and One-Eyed Jack featuring a body shield. Package warnings are: CAUTION: Do not ingest or inhale magnets. Attraction of magnets in the body may cause serious injury and require medical care. ! WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD – Small parts. Toy contains a small ball. Not for children under 3 years. Not suitable for children under 3 years. Logo.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 13

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Alert number: 0377/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Magnetic toys - Magtastik and Magnetix JR Magnetic Building Sets
 
Brand: MEGA Brands
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Model: 427 – 065541004276. 468 – 065541004689. 428 – 065541004283. 467 – 065541004672. 429 – 065541004290. 465 – 065541004658. 431 – 065541004313. 496 – 065541004962. 434 – 065541004344. 424 – 065541004245. 435 – 065541004351. 425 – 065541004252. 448 – 065541004481. 426 – 065541004269. 456 – 065541004566. 423 – 065541004238. 461 – 065541004610. 433 – 065541004337. 462 – 065541004627. 436 – 065541004368. 466 – 065541004665. 446 – 065541004467. 469 – 065541004696.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking, Injuries
 
The product poses a risk of choking and injuries because magnets in the small flexible parts of the animals, vehicles and building sets can be detached. Magnets found by young children can be swallowed or aspirated. If more than one magnet is swallowed, the magnets can attract each other and cause intestinal perforations or blockages, which can be fatal.



Two accidents reported in the United States.
 

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

 
Description:  Magtastik Starter Set; Magtastik Deluxe Set; Primary; Primary Starter; Car; Helicopter; Fun Pack; Jumbo 24 Piece Bag; Round Bag; 12 Piece Mag Bag; Target Bucket; 40 Piece Tub; Deluxe New Starter Set; Wonder Coaster; Starter Set – New Parts; Magnimals – Monkey; Magnimals – Dog.; Magnimals – Dinosaur; Magnimals Assortment; Mag Mobile Assortment; Magnimals Pet Set; Magnimals Bonus Pack; Easter Pack. Description on packaging: Magtastik is the only pre-school activity and learning system that uses magnetic power to build fun shapes. The ultimate in storage, this tub has 40 mix 'n match pieces for pre-schoolers to build big with endless possibilities! Create and discover magnetic fun! Tools for creative learning! Ages: 3+ Build your favourite Magnimal friend with magnetic power. All of these adorable animals have special pieces with magnets to ignite a child's imagination. 8 pieces Ages: 3+. Packaging warnings are: "! WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD – Small parts. Not for children under 3 years. Not suitable for children under 3 years". Logo.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 13

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Alert number: 0379/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Plastic toy
 
Brand: MY SWEET PONY
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  EAN 5900733104998
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains 17% by weight of di-2-ethyl-hexylphthalate (DEHP).


According to the Chemical Restrictions Directive 76/769/EEC, certain phthalates in toys are prohibited.
 

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

 
Description:  The toy is a pony made of pink, soft plastic. The pony has pink-violet mane and tail. A blue-pink brush and blue bottle are attached to the toy. The toy was packed in a plastic bag closed with folded multicoloured cardboard. On the cardboard there was a tag with a CE mark, pictogram concerning age 0-3 restriction, name and address of importer, “Made in China” inscription and caution: “Product not suitable for children below 3 years”.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Poland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 13

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Alert number: 0380/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Joke item - smoking cigarettes and cigars
 
Brand: TOP FUN
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  EAN 4044186106121, EAN 4044186106039.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains talc and due to possible inhalation of the 20% - 25% talcum powder contained in the "cigarettes". 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 is not sufficient to adequately ensure their safety.
 

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

 
Description:  Plastic blister-pack with brightly coloured printed cardboard backing, each containing two cigarettes or one cigar.
Country of origin:  Hong Kong
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 13

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Alert number: 0384/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Plush toy – reindeer with a bell
 
Brand: PAUL
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  EAN 4026272052109; ART. NO 5210
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 

The product poses a risk of choking because the bell on the reindeer can be detached and fits completely into the small parts test cylinder. In addition, the marking of this toy as not intended for children under 36 month is inappropriate because this type of simple toy is treated as a toy for children under 3 years old.


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

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

 
Description:  Toy reindeer, 30 cm in height, made of light-brown coloured plush. The toy wears a shawl to which a ringing bell is attached. With the toy there is a tag with a barcode and an inscription in Polish “Plush mascots DEEF”.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Poland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 13

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Alert number: 0385/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Toy car "friction power"
 
Brand: WIL
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  TY2409
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains high levels of lead and chromium on bodywork of cars. The levels of lead vary from 1820ppm to 3647ppm compared with the required limit of 90ppm. The levels of chromium vary from 317ppm to 343ppm compared with the required limit of 60ppm.


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:  Model toy car in blue and white box with transparent plastic top and front. Yellow/orange/green toy colours failed testing.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 13

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Alert number: 0391/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Toy – set of police accessories
 
Brand: SPECIAL AGENT
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  EAN 5907308821571
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 

The product poses a risk of choking because the whistle fits completely into the small parts test cylinder.


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

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

 
Description:  The set consist of a gun made of black and silver plastic, 2 darts made of white plastic with orange suction cups, board with numbers, black whistle, silver handcuffs and black baton.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Poland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 13

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Alert number: 0378/08       
Category:  Clothing, textiles and fashion items
 
Product:  Scarf
 
Brand: ACPASHMINA7
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  ZZFRA614.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains 30mg/kg of benzidine, which is a known human carcinogen which can easily be absorbed through the skin.
This product does not comply with the Chemical Restrictions Directive 76/769/EEC.
 

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

 
Description:  Black acrylic scarf, dimensions 195 x 75cm.
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Austria
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 13

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Alert number: 0392/08       
Category:  Clothing, textiles and fashion items
 
Product:  Fancy dress - Robin Hood type outfit
 
Brand: MAPA TOYS
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  NO.87124, Bar code: 0204308712423.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Suffocation
 

The product poses a risk of suffocation because the parts in the neck area have drawstrings with free ends.


This product does not comply with the relevant European standard EN 14682.
 

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

 
Description:  Robin Hood type fancy dress outfit, with black boots and belt and a brown hat with red feather. The label includes the following information: CE marking, 100% polyester, a barcode, the symbol indicating that it is not recommended for children under 3 years of age and the identification of the importer.
Country of origin:  Hong Kong
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 13

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Alert number: 0375/08       
Category:  Cosmetics
 
Product:  Children's make-up set
 
Brand: GOLIATH
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Reference: 35414
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Microbiological
 

The product poses a microbiological risk because the mesophilic aerobic micro-organisms count is 1300 cfu/g, which exceeds the maximum allowed limits and can cause infection. In addition, the time limit for use after opening is not given.


This product does not comply with the Cosmetics Directive 76/768/EEC.
 

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

 
Description:  Make-up set with 2 pots, 1 brush, 1 nail varnish, 1 set of 3 colours with applicator and 1 lipstick. The packaging is a transparent plastic blister pack showing the contents.
Country of origin:  Hong Kong
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 13

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Alert number: 0382/08       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Shaver
 
Brand: ZOWAEL
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Model: RSCW 7088, Bar code: 6928686481897. Description: A black and grey electrical shaver packed in a cardboard box. The label reads Zowael Shave 2 Blades Rechargeable Wet/Dry RSCW 7088,
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 

The product poses a risk of electric shock because:


- it does not meet the requirements for electric strength between the primary and secondary circuit,


- the appliance has insufficient protection against contact with live parts,


- the power-cord of the machine does not have the necessary reinforced insulation.


The 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:  A black and grey electrical shaver packed in a cardboard box. The label reads Zowael Shave 2 Blades Rechargeable Wet/Dry RSCW 7088, barcode: 6928686481897.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 13