Rapid Alert System - Weekly Report

Report 18 ( Published on: 09/05/2008)

 
Weekly report Products with serious risks 

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Alert number: 0457/08       
Category:  Lighting chains
 
Product:  Lighting chain
 
Brand: HEART SHAPE LIGHT
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Type 60L
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock, Fire
 
The product poses a risk of electric shock and fire because:



- the cover of the regulator fails the mechanical test,



- the regulatory device is not properly connected to the chain,



- the chain cables have an insufficient cross-section of 0.05 mm² (minimum required by the standard is 0.50 mm²).



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 by the importer. (By: Other)

 
Description:  Lighting chain with bulbs in the shape of red paprikas with decorative green leaves. Includes a regulatory device with 8 functions, and is packed in a red cardboard box with pictures of a Christmas tree and Santa Claus. Contains the following markings – "HEART SHAPE LIGHT", type 60L, CE mark, country of origin and warnings in foreign languages.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Slovakia
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 18

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Alert number: 0497/08       
Category:  Lighting chains
 
Product:  Lighting chain
 
Brand: MULTI FUNCTION
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Rice light
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock, Fire
 
The product poses a risk of electric shock and fire because:



- the cover of the regulator fails the mechanical test,



- the plug does not pass the spring-driven apparatus test, leaving live components accessible,



- the chain cable is without marking and it has an insufficient cross-section of 0.06 mm² (minimum required by the standard is 0.50 mm²) and insufficient length of 0.88m.



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:  Lighting chain with bulbs in the shape of varicoloured hearts, equipped with a regulatory device and packed in a blue cardboard box with a Christmas motif and marking "MULTI FUNCTION" and "Rice light".
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Slovakia
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 18

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Alert number: 0496/08       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Passenger car manufactured by Ford with the sales names "Galaxy" and "S-MAX".
 
Brand: FORD
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Vehicle type WA6, EC type-approval: e13*2001/116*0185*01-03
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 

The product poses a risk of injuries because it is possible that the panorama sunroof is not properly fixed to the vehicles concerned. This could lead to the sunroof becoming detached.
 

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

 
Description:  The vehicles concerned were manufactured during the period 27.09.2006 – 05.10.2006.
Country of origin:  Germany
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 18

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Alert number: 0447/08       
Category:  Childcare articles and children's equipment
 
Product:  Child's bib
 
Brand: POUPY
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  BAVAGLIO MEDIO, Ref. 907; EAN 8016401009070.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

The product poses a chemical risk because the plastic on the back of the bib contains 8.9 % of di-isononyl phthalate (DINP) by weight.


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

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

 
Description:  The bib is made of a white towelling textile with a teddy-bear motif, a coloured textile trim and is lined with white plastic. Dimensions: 21x24 cm. Not packaged. For children 6-24 months.
Country of origin:  Italy
Alert submitted by:  Czech Republic
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 18

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Alert number: 0505/08       
Category:  Childcare articles and children's equipment
 
Product:  Child's bib
 
Brand: Wojcik
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  "Makin´trax for home"
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

The product poses a chemical risk because the plastic on the back of the bib contains 2.96% of bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate DEHP by weight.


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

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

 
Description:  White child's bib trimmed with yellow textile. The front is made out of 100% cotton, with a train motif; the back is made from PVC. It is packed in a plastic bag with a cardboard label decorated with a picture of a teddy bear.
Country of origin:  Poland
Alert submitted by:  Czech Republic
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 18

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Alert number: 0508/08       
Category:  Childcare articles and children's equipment
 
Product:  Baby's changing mat
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Batch code 765
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

The product poses a chemical risk because the yellow plastic contains 6.0% by weight of di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP). According to the Chemical Restrictions Directive 76/769/EEC, certain phthalates in childcare articles are prohibited.
 

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

 
Description:  Baby's changing mat with three pockets. Size 48 x 72 cm; made of yellow PVC with a colourful design on one side (little ducks). The underside is plain white. It is packed in a plastic bag.
Country of origin:  Slovakia
Alert submitted by:  Czech Republic
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 18

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Alert number: 0494/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Wooden toy - Multi-sided activity centre
 
Brand: UNIVERSE OF IMAGINATION
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Art. N° 69042
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 

The product poses a risk of choking because it contains small parts that can be easily detached and may be swallowed.
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 form consumers by the importer.  (By: Other)

 
Description:  Multifunctional toy (abacus, clock, etc.) made of wood with some coloured parts.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 18

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Alert number: 0495/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Wooden toy - 3-D bead frame
 
Brand: UNIVERSE OF IMAGINATION
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Article No 69083
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 

The product poses a risk of choking because parts of the toy can come off easily and fit entirely into the small parts cylinder.


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

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

 
Description:  Wooden educational toy, partially painted.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 18

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Alert number: 0503/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Tricycle for children
 
Brand: TRICYCLE
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Model T18, code 75718
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking, Injuries
 
The product poses a risk of:



- injuries because the handle used by an adult for steering the toy can be removed without the use of any tools, revealing two rigid protruding metal parts,



- choking because there are parts (seat supporting screw, plastic housing of tubes) which can be removed without using any tools and which fit entirely into the small parts cylinder.



The product does not comply with the Toys Directive and with 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 grey metallic frame with various orange plastic parts. On the saddle there is a safety belt to protect the rider from falling off. The bicycle also has a small basket and a long handle to allow an adult to steer it.
Country of origin:  Taiwan
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 18

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Alert number: 0504/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Scooter for children
 
Brand: MONOPATTINO
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  N° 02545(5); EAN 8014966024545
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 

The product poses a risk of injuries because:


- only one, manually operated, blocking device is used to adjust the height of the handle-bars (two blocking mechanisms are required),


- the wheel size measured as Ø 99 mm (minimum requirement Ø 120 mm),


- the handle-bar end piece has a diameter of Ø 22 mm (minimum requirement is Ø 40 mm).


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

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

 
Description:  The scooter is foldable. The handle-bars and its foldable mechanism are fixed in place by fast-clamping screws. The handle-bars have black grips of foam material. The height of the handle-bars can be adjusted. The foot-board is covered by a grey, anti-slip surface. The rear mud-guard is flexible and serves as a brake.
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Czech Republic
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 18

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Alert number: 0506/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Battery charger for toys
 
Brand: ART TECH
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  lithium-polymer battery charger sold during 2007 with the ART TECH Falcon 3D Helicopter kit
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Fire
 

The product poses a risk of fire because the lithium-polymer batteries can overcharge and ignite if they remain inside the plugged charger after charging is complete.


Three incidents reported.
 

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

 
Description:  Lithium-polymer battery charger.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 18

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Alert number: 0501/08       
Category:  Clothing, textiles and fashion items
 
Product:  Jogging suit for girls
 
Brand: F.N.C.
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  FINCI
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Suffocation
 

The product poses a risk of suffocation by strangulation due to the presence of drawstrings and knots.


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

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

 
Description:  Two-part, zip-up jogging suit with hood. There is an inscription "Flowers" on the top. The hood contains a drawstring with knots at the ends. In the waistband of the trousers there is also a drawstring with toggles, which is not secured in at least one point. Size 98-116.
Country of origin:  Hungary
Alert submitted by:  Hungary
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 18

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Alert number: 0502/08       
Category:  Clothing, textiles and fashion items
 
Product:  Jacket for children
 
Brand: GLORIOUS
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  GMA-3608
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Suffocation
 

The product poses a risk of suffocation by strangulation due to the presence of drawstrings and knots in the hood.


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

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

 
Description:  Jacket with artificial fur on the hood. The hood contains a drawstring with knots at the ends. Size 98-104, age 3-4 years.
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Hungary
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 18

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Alert number: 0507/08       
Category:  Clothing, textiles and fashion items
 
Product:  Girls' jacket with hood
 
Brand: GLORIOUS
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  TMA-4529 Bar code: 3002100765671
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries, Suffocation
 
The product poses a risk of:



- suffocation by strangulation due to the presence of the rubber drawstring and the toggles in the hood area,



- injuries to the eyes or face of the child due to the toggles when pulling the drawstring firmly.



The product does not comply with the relevant European EN 14682.
 

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

 
Description:  Pink wadded jacket with hood and zip fastener. The hood contains a rubber drawstring with plastic toggles on the ends. Sizes 86-92, 92-98
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Hungary
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 18

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Alert number: 0499/08       
Category:  Cosmetics
 
Product:  Toothpaste - Junior Fluoride toothpaste with free toothbrush
 
Brand: DENTA-KLEEN
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  2009123018
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains 4.39% of diethylene glycol (DEG), which may pose a health risk to consumers.
 

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

 
Description:  A white plastic 50g tube of toothpaste (blueberry flavour) with free toothbrush inside a small cardboard box (15 cm).
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Cyprus
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 18

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Alert number: 0500/08       
Category:  Cosmetics
 
Product:  Toothpaste - Kid´s Gel
 
Brand: DENTA-KLEEN
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  MFD:06/2006 EXP:09/2009
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains 3.48% diethylene glycol (DEG), which may pose a health risk to consumers.
 

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

 
Description:  A white plastic 50g tube of toothpaste (strawberry flavour) inside a small cardboard box (13 cm)
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Cyprus
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 18