Rapid Alert System - Weekly Report

Report 17 ( Published on: 02/05/2008)

 
Weekly report Products with serious risks 

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Alert number: 0484/08       
Category:  Lighting chains
 
Product:  Lighting chains - 20 Luz de navidad
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  REF.: 799000, Bar code: 5606488017452
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock, Fire
 
The product poses a risk of electric shock and fire because:



- the sample failed the electrical strength test for class II luminaries,



- the terminals did not pass the test for the efficiency of permanent connections,



- the characteristics of the chain’s cable are lower than that of the type of cable specified in the standard and the nominal cross-section of the conductors is 0.06 mm², which is less than the 0.50 mm² required by the standard,



- the cable failed the tensile test required by the standard (50 times a force of 30 N),



- it does not provide protection against damp conditions that may arise through normal use,



- it failed the electrical strength test and the ball pressure test.




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:  Lighting chain with 20 coloured lights. The packaging consists of a cardboard box which is red on five sides. “20 Luz de navidad” is printed on the sides.
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 17

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Alert number: 0489/08       
Category:  Lighting equipment
 
Product:  Table lamp
 
Brand: GUOGUANG LIGHTING
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  model: 90133, EAN code: 920077005770
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 

The product poses a risk of electric shock because:


- the cable entries have sharp edges,


- the product does not comply with the requirements on double and strengthened insulation.


- the plug does not correspond to a standard form.


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

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

 
Description:  The table lamp has a metallic base with a yellow decoration and a white-yellow lamp-shade. It is equipped with a with a touch switch marked: AC input 110 V, 60 Hz/ 220V, 50 Hz, Yue Jia Lighting Hardware Electronic Accessory Factory. Packaging: a yellow-blue cardboard box with a picture of the product and marking: 50 Hz, AC 220V, 2x max. 40W, size: 13x13x23.5 cm.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Slovakia
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 17

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Alert number: 0490/08       
Category:  Lighting equipment
 
Product:  Lighting decorations
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  1) EAN code: 9200770090370, model No.: CX 12065AC 2) Model No.: CX 12065AC
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Fire
 

The product poses a risk of fire as the adaptors are without a thermal fuse.


The product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive and the relevant European standards EN 60598 and 55015.
 

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

 
Description:  Lighting decorations : 1) woman figurine with a unicorn provided with an adaptor packed in a pink cardboard box without marking. Marking on the adaptor: AC ADAPTOR, model no.: CX 12065AC, INPUT AC230V, 50-60Hz, OUTPUT AC12V, 650 mA, CE. Caution: Indoor use only. Risk of electric shock. Dry location use only. 2) woman (angel) figurine with two children provided with an adaptor packed in a pink cardboard box. Marking on the adaptor: AC ADAPTOR, model no.: CX 12065AC, INPUT AC230V, 50-60Hz, OUTPUT AC12V, 650 mA. Caution: Indoor use only. Risk of electric shock. Dry location use only.
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Slovakia
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 17

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Alert number: 0482/08       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  ATV Quad bike
 
Brand: HUMMER
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  XTQSI- D250
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Burns, Injuries
 
The product poses a risk of injuries because:



- the plastic containers of battery acid can leak, which would cause a hazard to the skin and eyes,


- the nut and bolt provided to hold the shock absorber in place do not fit together. If the bolt is unfastened and becomes loose, an accident could occur,



- the material of the saddle is stapled along the underside and many of these staples are loose and sharp,



- the chain drive near the operator’s left foot is only partially guarded, this may lead to a hazard due to catching of boot/shoelaces,



The product poses a risk of fire and burns because:



- there are two identical pipes in close proximity, either of which can be attached to the fuel valve,



- the fuel pipes are fastened by means of small metal clips. These are supplied loosely on the pipe, meaning they can easily be lost. This would lead to the fuel line being insecure,



- the driver’s legs are close to the engine and exhaust system, which may lead to burns.
 

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

 
Description:  The ATV is a four-wheeled, motorised quad bike. The ATV requires some self-assembly, for example attaching the wheels and battery. The quad is available in yellow, blue and red. It is packaged in a plain cardboard box. There is a steel frame around the ATV which is attached with wires.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 17

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Alert number: 0483/08       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Passenger car – Honda Legend
 
Brand: HONDA
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Honda Legend 2007-08
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Fire
 

The product poses a risk of fire as the liquid from the steering system contains glycerine and the temperature of the catalytic converter installed beneath the pipe of the steering system can reach approximately 380°C. In this situation, fire is very likely to occur.
 

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

 
Description:  Unknown
Country of origin:  Japan
Alert submitted by:  Poland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 17

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Alert number: 0486/08       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Passenger car - PAS pump connection in Ford Transit
 
Brand: FORD
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Passenger Cars, model Transit 2.4 RWD (Recall Ref: 7C143)
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Fire
 
The product poses a risk of fire because the power steering high pressure pipe may become detached from the power steering pump. A detached pipe can result in loss of power steering assistance and cause the power steering fluid to leak into the engine compartment, with the risk of the fluid contacting the exhaust manifold and catching fire.
 

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

 
Description:  The recall concerns model years 2006 to 2008 FORD Transit cars, produced from 19.12.2005 until 29.09.2007 (Southampton, UK) and from 11.11.2005 until 29.09.2007 (Kocaeli, Turkey)
Country of origin:  Turkey, United Kingdom
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 17

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Alert number: 0492/08       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Passenger car - Handbrake lever on Honda passenger car
 
Brand: HONDA
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Passenger cars, model Civic 3D (model codes: FN1, FN2, FN3) and 5D (model codes: FK1, FK2, FK3)
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 

The product poses a risk of injuries because the handbrake latching mechanism may only partially engage depending upon the customer's operating methods. If the handbrake is applied with the release button, either intentionally or unintentionally, there is a small risk that the handbrake may not latch sufficiently to hold the vehicle securely on a gradient. If the handbrake is applied without touching the release button, the handbrake latching mechanism is unaffected.
 

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

 
Description:  The recall concerns 2007 (3D) and 2006-2007 (5D) model year vehicles. The list of the VIN are: SHHFN1***7U011683 SHHFN2***7U008565 SHHFN2***7U200340 S.Africa SHHFN3***7U006881 SHHFK1***7U020687 SHHFK2***7U062136 SHHFK2***7U101200 S.Africa SHHFK3***7U036528
Country of origin:  United States
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 17

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Alert number: 0477/08       
Category:  Protective equipment
 
Product:  Carabiner
 
Brand: KONG
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  KN<>22◊8∞ 7 Batch code : 050588 05
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 

The product poses a risk of injuries because it does not withstand the static strength test which could lead to falls. The test was carried out on the major axis, and it was noted that the connectors break when the following forces are applied:


- force of the major axis with the gate pen: 6.1 KN (required level: 7 KN)


- force of the major axis with the gate closed: 18.6 KN (required level: 22 KN).
 

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

 
Description:  Oval carabiner. The packaging is a plastic bag attached to card on which the details of the manufacturer are printed.
Country of origin:  Italy
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 17

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Alert number: 0476/08       
Category:  Childcare articles and children's equipment
 
Product:  Wooden playpen
 
Brand: Alfa – plus
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  APK 231S.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 

The product poses a risk of injuries because of:


- unstable fastening when in the higher position – dowels become loose,


- the bottom of the product is unstable when pushed on from above,


- the bottom of the product can be installed at a height higher than 300 mm from the upper edge,


- presence of sharp edges – springs –where removable bars connect with the frame of the playpen,


- protruding tips of screws.
 

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

 
Description:  A basic, non-folding, hexagonal, wooden playpen for self-assembly with bars of diameter 16 mm. Four bars are removable. Underneath the playpen are 6 small wheels – 3 of which are equipped with brakes. The floor of the product can be installed at 2 levels. Diagonal of product is 125 x 109.5 cm.
Country of origin:  Poland
Alert submitted by:  Poland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 17

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Alert number: 0493/08       
Category:  Recreational crafts
 
Product:  Water jet scooter - Throttle wire
 
Brand: YAMAHA
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Personal Water Crafts (PWC), models GP1300 and VX1100
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 

The product poses a risk of injuries because there is a possibility that the outer throttle cable could corrode and become cracked or twisted. If the outer cable is damaged in this way, it could cause the inner cable (throttle wire) to fray over time from wear. If the frayed inner cable catches on the damaged outer cable, throttle movement can be increasingly impaired. This may eventually prevent the throttle from returning to the idle position. This could result in an accident causing injury or death to the operator, passenger or bystanders.
 

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

 
Description:  - model GP1300 : the recall concerns PWCs built from 2003 to 2008 <a href="/consumers/safety/images/table1.pdf">Click here to view year, model, model code, Primary ID number range</a> - model VX1100 : the recall concerns PWCs built from 2005 to 2008 <a href="/consumers/safety/images/table2.pdf">Click here to view year, model, model code, Primary ID number range</a>
Country of origin:  United States
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 17

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Alert number: 0475/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Plush toys
 
Brand: DOUBLE ZOO
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Item n° in invoice TM1023/218
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 

The product poses a risk of choking because small parts (the eyes) can be detached. Loose parts fit within 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): Import rejected by the customs authorities.

 
Description:  A colourful parrot with black, plastic eyes.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Finland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 17

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Alert number: 0478/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Pull-along toy snail
 
Brand: NASIL FUNNY (on the packaging); LOVELY TOYS (on the toy)
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  EAN 5902487384244; No YG-8424-TO; FCT No 559
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking, Suffocation
 
The product poses a risk of :



- choking due to small parts (parts of antennae) which fit into the small parts cylinder,



- suffocation due to the length of the cord, being 790 – 870 mm 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 ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Withdrawal from the market and information to consumers ordered by the authorities.

 
Description:  The toy is a snail made of violet coloured plastic which moves on four green wheels. There are also antennae - metal springs with yellow, plastic balls at the end. The cord is yellow with a violet handle. Dimensions of the toy: 220 x 70 x 140 mm. Length of cord: 790 – 870 mm and width approximately 2 mm. The packaging (225 x 140 x 750 mm) consists of a cardboard box with transparent, plastic “window” and the following markings and inscriptions: CE mark, “Made in China”, YOGO, No YG-8424-TO; FCT No 559, barcode, “Unsuitable for children under 3 years old” and a pictogram concerning age 0-3 restriction.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Poland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 17

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Alert number: 0480/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Tricycle for children
 
Brand: CHILDREN TRIKE
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Model CTK-330, code 88/330
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Cuts, Injuries
 
The product poses a risk of injuries and cuts because:



- the metal shaft of the saddle sticks out from the lower side of the frame and has no protective cover,



- there are no suitable instructions for use, assembly or maintenance.



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

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Withdrawal from the market ordered by the authorities. Press release has been issued.

 
Description:  Tricycle for small children (under 36 months). It has a yellow metallic frame with various orange plastic parts, black saddle, small blue basket and blue handlebars.
Country of origin:  Taiwan
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 17

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Alert number: 0481/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Puffer ball
 
Brand: JO-JO
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Code 37789
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking, Fire, Suffocation
 
The product poses a risk of :



- choking because a part of the toy can be detached and fits entirely into the small parts cylinder,



- suffocation by strangulation due to the length of the elastic rope which extends to 800 mm, while the maximum permitted limit is 220 mm,



- fire because the material proved to quickly ignite.



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

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Withdrawal from the market ordered by the authorities.Press release has been issued.

 
Description:  Yellow coloured puffer ball, with 2 white eyes and a black line for a mouth. When squeezed a flashing light is produced from inside.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 17

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Alert number: 0485/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Pirate set "Piraten set"
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Code: 10766009121000000199, Art.-Nr. 10766
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

The product poses a chemical risk because the plasticizer contains 30% by weight of diisononyl phthalate (DINP).


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

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

 
Description:  Children's plastic pirate play set packaged in transparent plastic on printed card.
Country of origin:  Hong Kong
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 17

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Alert number: 0487/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Wooden toy, alphabet abacus
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Art. 4173; Bar code 8 013512041739
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

The product poses a chemical risk because the levels of lead and chromium in the paint are higher than the maximum permitted limits:


- lead 1260 mg/g + 2.4 mg/kg (limit 90 mg/kg ),


- chromium 185 mg/kg + 1.0 mg/kg (limit 60 mg /kg )


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

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

 
Description:  Packed in cardboard boxes, the toy consists of an upper part of three rows of letters in alphabetical order and a lower part of three rows of coloured beads comprising the abacus. The beads are coloured blue, red and yellow. At the side of the lower part there is a clock with a smiling face.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Italy
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 17

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Alert number: 0491/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Doll "Bábika"
 
Brand: LITTLE Amy
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  EAN code: 8585017200381
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

The product poses a chemical risk because plastic material contains 0.44% by weight of DEHP, 19.73% by weight of DINP and 0.21% by weight of DIDP. The content of phthalates exceeds permitted limits value: 0.1%. 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 and recall from consumers by the distributor. (By: Other)

 
Description:  Plastic doll of 15 cm, dressed in a red coat with a belt, red plastic shoes and a red hat, packed in a plastic bag closed with coloured card.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Slovakia
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 17

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Alert number: 0464/08       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Electric pad
 
Brand: SPESA INTELIGENT
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Batch code: 90806.01 7 TYD001/BL001
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock, Fire
 
The product poses a risk of electric shock because :



- the creepage distances of reinforced insulation is insufficient: distance between live parts and accessible surface is 2.2 mm - it should not be less than 8 mm,



- creepage distance of functional insulation is insufficient:


distances between live parts are 1.8 mm, 1.86 mm, 0.95 mm - they should not be less than 3.2 mm.



The product poses a risk of fire because of:



- insufficient resistance to heat and fire,



- absence of required markings.



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:  Unknown
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Slovenia
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 17

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Alert number: 0479/08       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Travel iron
 
Brand: ORBIT
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Model: TRAVEL MATE 800 W
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 

The product poses a risk of electric shock because the normal operating temperature differs from the rated power by more than + 5% or 20 W. At the rated power of 240 V a difference of + 18.3% was measured.


In addition, the instructions for use do not contain safety information.


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:  Travel steam iron with folding handle. The packaging is a cardboard box marked ORBIT TRAVEL MATE 800 W.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 17

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Alert number: 0488/08       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Convector heaters
 
Brand: IGENIX
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  - Igenix IG5100 / 5016368010655 - Igenix IG5500 / 5016368010662 - Igenix IG5550 / 5016368012697. Affected products do not have a batch code. If the product displays the batch code 500907, they are unaffected by this voluntary recall.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Fire
 

The product poses a risk of fire.

Twelve incidents have been reported.
 

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

 
Description:  Metal-cased electric convector heaters, three separate models.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 17