Rapid Alert System - Weekly Report

Report 20 ( Published on: 23/05/2008)

 
Weekly report Products with serious risks 

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Alert number: 0557/08       
Category:  Hobby/sports equipment
 
Product:  Air gun with laser beam
 
Brand: JIEKE
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Model P99F, Bar code: 8435119767285
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Damage to sight
 

The product poses a risk of damage to sight because the 656.03 nm wavelength is above the upper limit provided by the importer (630-650 nm).


According to the tests, this is a Class 3B laser device that can be hazardous to eyesight under all conditions of use.
 

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

 
Description:  Imitation black-coloured firearm with laser beam. The packaging consists of a box showing a photograph of the gun, a barcode, model number and precautions to be taken for use of the gun.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 20

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Alert number: 0555/08       
Category:  Lighting chains
 
Product:  Lighting chains "Lichterschlauch für Innen und Aussen, Party Licht"
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  model: YY 6700C, 230 V, 28.5 W, 8 functions
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock, Fire
 
The product poses a risk of electric shock and fire because the cable does not pass the tension test.



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: Other)

 
Description:  Lighting chain in the form of a plastic transparent tube of 5 m length with an electrical part inside and a regulatory device, packed in a cardboard box.
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Slovakia
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 20

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Alert number: 0556/08       
Category:  Lighting equipment
 
Product:  Night-lights
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  2 models: (1) GL-091, (2) GL-091.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock, Fire
 
Product (1) poses a risk of electric shock and fire because:



- the night-light is fitted with a non-compliant bulb-holder,



- the bulb can be changed while the mains socket-mounted night-light is connected to the mains supply, which is not permissible,



- the mains socket-mounted night light is fitted with non-compliant plug pins.



Product (2) poses a risk of electric shock and fire because:
- the cover, which is intended to prevent access to the bulb-holder and other live internal parts, can easily be removed without using tools, therefore protection against electric shock cannot be guaranteed



- the night-light is fitted with a non-compliant bulb-holder,



- the bulb can be changed while the mains socket-mounted night light is connected to the mains supply, which is not permissible,



- the mains socket-mounted night light is fitted with non-compliant plug pins.



The products do 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:  Product (1) Mains socket-outlet mounted night-light in the shape of an elephant, Product (2) Mains socket-outlet mounted night- light in the shape of a lampshade.
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 20

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Alert number: 0547/08       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Motorcycle - Final drive sprocket in Ducati motorcycles
 
Brand: DUCATI
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  models 1098, 1098 S and 1098 Tricolore
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 

The product poses a risk of injuries because the rear sprocket may show cracks or even break. If this occurs, transmission is interrupted (even though the vehicle may continue moving for as long as its kinetic energy permits), causing the risk of an accident.
 

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

 
Description:  The recall affects motorcycles within frame no. range ZDMH700AA6B000006 to ZDMH700AA7B014345 (EU version) and within frame no. range ZDM1XBEW57B000314 to ZDM1XBEWX8B014372 (USA version). The motorcycles were produced until 05.12.2007.
Country of origin:  Italy
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 20

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Alert number: 0550/08       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Passenger car - Ford Focus
 
Brand: FORD
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Focus
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
The product poses a risk of injuries because in those cars equipped with a back drum brake, this particular element may be inappropriately fastened. In extreme circumstances, all four screws onto which the wheel hub is fixed can come loose. This can lead to driving difficulties and loss of stability, which could cause a road accident.
 

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

 
Description:  Affected cars were produced in Saarloius from 27 February 2007 to 3 April 2007, in Valence form 21 February 2007 to 3 April 2007, St. Petersburg from 1 March 2007 to 3 April 2007.
Country of origin:  Germany, Russian Federation, Spain
Alert submitted by:  Poland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 20

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Alert number: 0552/08       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Passenger car - Cadillac, Pontiac and Saturn
 
Brand: CADILLAC, PONTIAC and SATURN
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  - Cadillac: CTS, CTS-V, SRX, STS STS-V, - Pontiac: Solstice, - Saturn: Sky with EC-type approvals: e13*2001/116*0086*; e13*2001/116*0159*; e13*2001/116*0142*.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 

The product poses a risk of injuries due to possible loss of control of the vehicle. The differential on the drive axle of the vehicles in question may leak. The loss of oil leads to noises in the bearings and in extreme cases blocking of the wheels. New differential gaskets are now being fitted to the drive axles.
 

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

 
Description:  The vehicles concerned were manufactured between 2005 and 2007.
Country of origin:  Germany
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 20

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Alert number: 0554/08       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Scooter
 
Brand: VECTRIX
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  SZCAABET4TAA00021 – SZCA1WAK07A002047. Recall concerns models built between March 2007 and December 2007.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Fire
 

The product poses a risk of fire because there is a potential for battery overheating caused by a high resistance connection. Overheating may cause damage to the battery packs and possibly the scooter, which could result in a potential fire hazard.


Two incidents reported.
 

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

 
Description:  Scooter – battery powered, Various VIN.
Country of origin:  United States
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 20

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Alert number: 0561/08       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Motorcycles
 
Brand: HONDA
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  -CBF500 2006 from Italy, 500 cc motorcycle -CBF600 2006 from Italy, 600 cc motorcycle -VT750C 2007 from Japan, 750 cc motorcycle -VTX1300 2007 from the USA, 1300 cc motorcycle
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Fire
 
The product poses a risk of fire because, due to a production problem in the fuel control valve diaphragm, the diaphragm may become permeable, allowing petrol to leak out. This could cause petrol leakage through the vent of the diaphragm, constituting a fire hazard.
 

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

 
Description:  The affected units are: - CBF500 2006: Units with chassis numbers from: ZDCPC39C*6F035401 to ZDCPC39C*6F038940 and from ZDCPC39A*6F035701 to ZDCPC39A*6F038700 ; type number of approval e3*2002/24*0244 - CBF600 2006: Units with chassis numbers from: ZDCPC38E*6F090629 to ZDCPC38E*6F092908, from ZDCPC38F*6F090749 to ZDCPC38F*6F093028, from ZDCPC38A*6F090509 to ZDCPC38A*6F093388 and from ZDCPC38B*6F089789 to ZDCPC38B*6F093208; type number of approval e3*2002/24*0231 - VT750C 2007: Units with chassis numbers from: JH2RC50A*7K310001 to JH2RC50A*7K310484, from JH2RC50A*7M301101 to JH2RC50A*7M301497 and from JH2RC50A*7M320001 to JH2RC50A*7M320360; type number of approval e3*2002/24*0239 - VTX1300 2007: Units with chassis numbers from: 1HFSC52A*7A400221 to 1HFSC52A*7A401210 type number of approval e4*92/61*0152.
Country of origin:  Italy, Japan, United States
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 20

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Alert number: 0565/08       
Category:  Childcare articles and children's equipment
 
Product:  Plastic bib
 
Brand: BABY BIB
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  BIB203, Bar code: 0247667000039
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains 16.9% by weight of Bis(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP).


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

Measures taken by economic operators: Voluntary stop of sales and withdrawal from the market by the distributor  (By: Other)

 
Description:  White plastic bib with printed figures (flowers, butterflies), blue edging.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Cyprus
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 20

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Alert number: 0548/08       
Category:  Stationery
 
Product:  Set of pens - 24 Fasermaler and 24 Fasermaler Flomaster Fix
 
Brand: TIP TOP
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Supplier order No 66624, Article numbers: 23546; 63317; 32443; 83344; 36515; 29494.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains up to 101.7 mg/kg benzene. The benzene content of the individual felt-tip refills exceeds the limit of 5 mg/kg for toys.
 

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

 
Description:  24 felt-tip pens in different colours, casing and top in corresponding colour, stopper at bottom in black.
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 20

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Alert number: 0549/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Radio-controlled helicopter
 
Brand: HUAIXING
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Helicopter type HX252, adaptor type Hy35-7.2-250
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 

The product poses a risk of electric shock because the dimensions of the plug do not meet the requirements of standard. The insulating sleeves on the pins are approx. 5.0 mm long; when the required length is minimum 10 mm.


The product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive and the relevant European standard EN 50075.
 

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

 
Description:  Radio-controlled helicopter in packaging with the inscription "Hawk".
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 20

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Alert number: 0551/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Plastic toys - Fun Squirters
 
Brand: NUBY
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Barcode 0 48526 06022 1
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains 43.4% by weight of Di- "isononyl"-phthalate (DINP).

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

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

 
Description:  Set of three plastic animals. Fun characters squirt and blow bubbles under water.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Cyprus
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 20

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Alert number: 0559/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Squeezable toy doll
 
Brand: Funny Pets
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains 42.3% by weight of Di-"isononyl"-phthalate (DINP).


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: Other)

 
Description:  Plastic doll, 12 cm, carrying a white coloured baby's bottle.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Cyprus
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 20

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Alert number: 0562/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Bath toys " Badespass Enten Familie"
 
Brand: G&M IM-UND EXPORT GmbH
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Item n° 272538, EAN 4038732004917
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains 5.2% by weight of bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP).


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

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

 
Description:  White plastic net, set of four ducks, one large yellow dabbling duck, approx. 12 x 8 cm, with a red beak, three yellow mini-ducks identical in appearance, all made from very soft material.
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 20

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Alert number: 0563/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Singing plastic doll
 
Brand: XING FA JING PIN
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode:  6 712990 200271
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains 12.5% by weight of bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) and 1% of dibutyl phthalate
(DBP).


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

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

 
Description:  Singing plastic doll
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Cyprus
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 20

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Alert number: 0564/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Educational toy puzzle
 
Brand: HAPPY CHILDHOOD
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  NO. 925T, Barcode 6902758149687 Description: Plastic toy locomotive. The toy is made from different coloured hard plastic. Each side has cut-outs in various shapes for inserting 10 different coloured plastic forms with letters. On the locomotive are stickers, a label in English with the inscription: “Happy Childhood 2+ Collect all these exciting new set. Flight Toys Fashionably Colored“, a CE mark and information concerning disposal of waste. On the other side of the label is the following information in Lithuanian: Toy code: 04010114968, country of origin of product – China, information about the importer, a warning that the toy should only be used under the supervision of an adult. On the packaging there is information concerning the target age group of the toy, a warning that the packaging is not a toy and should be removed before giving the toy to a child.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking, Injuries
 
The product poses a risk of:



- choking because it releases small parts which fit entirely into the small parts cylinder



- injuries because the hard plastic edges of the toy have rough edges.



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

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

 
Description:  Plastic toy locomotive. The toy is made from different coloured hard plastic. Each side has cut-outs in various shapes for inserting 10 different coloured plastic forms with letters. On the locomotive are stickers, a label in English with the inscription: “Happy Childhood 2+ Collect all these exciting new set. Flight Toys Fashionably Colored“, a CE mark and information concerning disposal of waste. On the other side of the label is the following information in Lithuanian: Toy code: 04010114968, country of origin of product – China, information about the importer, a warning that the toy should only be used under the supervision of an adult. On the packaging there is information concerning the target age group of the toy, a warning that the packaging is not a toy and should be removed before giving the toy to a child. Barcode: 6902758149687 Mass – 164; dimensions: 218 x 144 x 130 mm, "925T".
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Lithuania
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 20

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Alert number: 0566/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Set of squeezable toy rabbits
 
Brand: HAPPY DAY
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Bar Code: 6 029345 876662
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains 27.4% of bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (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: Other)

 
Description:  Three yellow plastic rabbits in different sizes.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Cyprus
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 20

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Alert number: 0567/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Animal tracking kit – "Nick Baker's animal tracking explorer kit"
 
Brand: INTERPLAY
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  070704.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Burns
 

The product poses a risk of burns because the powder used to make Plaster of Paris was not calcium sulphate (as expected) but showed a pH of 14, rather than neutral, indicating it was consistent with calcium hydroxide. Calcium hydroxide is an irritant and corrosive which poses a serious risk of damage (burns) to the eyes.
 

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

 
Description:  Children's animal explorer kit containing moulds, mixing powder to make Plaster of Paris moulds of animal tracks. Aimed at children aged 7+. The packaging consists of a white cardboard box with pictures of birds and animals on all sides. There is also a picture of animal expert Nick Baker.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 20

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Alert number: 0558/08       
Category:  Clothing, textiles and fashion items
 
Product:  Children’s ski suit
 
Brand: STRYKE BY SPYDER
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Style 9320, Stryke, Ridge, EAN 0681138125263
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Suffocation
 

The product poses a risk of suffocation by strangulation because it contains drawstrings around the neck, which are not permitted in articles of clothing for children aged 7 and under (body height up to 134 cm).
 

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

 
Description:  Blue/green children’s ski suit/out-door clothing for winter. Sizes: 110, 128.
Country of origin:  Vietnam
Alert submitted by:  Austria
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 20

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Alert number: 0560/08       
Category:  Clothing, textiles and fashion items
 
Product:  Top – halter-neck
 
Brand: A. B. C. MODA
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  8029
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

The product poses a chemical risk because the degree to which the metal rings release nickel [42 µg/(cm² × week)] is significantly above the limit of 0.5µg/(cm² × week).


There is a risk of skin reactions (e.g. eczema) in people who suffer from a nickel allergy as the metal rings release excessively high levels of nickel.
 

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

 
Description:  Light-blue halter-neck top with silver printed design on the front, halter ties attached to three metal rings (two above the bust, one at the back).
Country of origin:  Italy
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 20

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Alert number: 0546/08       
Category:  Decorative articles
 
Product:  Christmas tree tealight candle holder
 
Brand: THE PIER
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  PLU: 544504
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Fire
 

The product poses a risk of fire because the red decorative beads are made from combustible material, which can easily catch light and readily sustain a flame. The beads may catch light during normal use if the user brings a match or lighter too close to them while lighting the tealights.


One incident reported.
 

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

 
Description:  Tealight candle holder – metal Christmas tree frame with red plastic beads.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 20

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Alert number: 0553/08       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Residual current devices (RCDs)
 
Brand: HAGER
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  CD217J, CD216J, CD225J, CD226J, CD241J, CE241J, CH225J. This notification covers only products which bear as four first digits on the packaging 8034 to 8048 and have a side number GE068 to GE078.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 

Residual current devices, which serve as a protection against electric shock, are used to cut off the electrical current if an electric installation is functioning incorrectly. When a product is faulty (it shows a significant divergence from the parameters, which are illustrated on the product) a residual current device will not work and may cause harm to the user (electric shock).
 

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

 
Description:  Residual current devices (circuit breakers) for fixed installation.
Country of origin:  France
Alert submitted by:  Poland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 20