Rapid Alert System - Weekly Report

Report 23 ( Published on: 13/06/2008)
Corrigendum:


Notification 0530/08 from week 19 in year 2008 has been amended to provide more detail concerning the cause of the risk involved

 
Weekly report Products with serious risks 

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Alert number: 0624/08       
Category:  Laser pointers
 
Product:  Laser pointers with 5 interchangeable points
 
Brand: KEY CHAIN LASER 5 in 1
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Damage to sight
 

The product poses a risk of damage to sight because the measured values of the direct beam exceed the limit value for eye exposure. In addition, the product has insufficient safety warnings ad user instructions. In case of inappropriate use, especially by children, the beam could directly strike an unprotected eye causing damage.
 

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

 
Description:  Laser pointer – a key chain with 5 interchangeable points, He-Ne laser, wave-length 630- 680 nm, indicated output 1 mW, class II. The points have various motifs (eg. a star, octopus, ant, etc.) The laser pointer works in a continual regime. Packed in a plastic container with a transparent lid and in a cardboard box with a transparent front part enabling the product to be seen.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Slovakia
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 23

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Alert number: 0626/08       
Category:  Chemical products
 
Product:  Rubber solution in bicycle repair kit.
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Art. 318655, Barcode 4891418303342
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

The product poses a chemical risk because the rubber solution contains 30 % of toluene. Toluene is classified as reprotoxic. According to the Chemical Restrictions Directive, toluene is prohibited in consumer products at levels above 0.1%.


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

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

 
Description:  Repair kit: the packaging consists of a stiff transparent casing on cardboard, contains metal bicycle spanners, metal scraper, 2 tyre valves, rubber patches (2 round and 2 rectangular) and a small, white tube of RUBBER SOLUTION, marked in English with ideograms of a skull and an orange flame on a white background.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Lithuania
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 23

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Alert number: 0627/08       
Category:  Chemical products
 
Product:  Rubber solution in bicycle repair kit.
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Art. 318656,
 
Batch number / Barcode:  4891418303359
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

The product poses a chemical risk because the rubber solution contains 30% of toluene. Toluene is classified as reprotoxic. According to the Chemical Restrictions Directive, toluene is prohibited in consumer products at levels above 0.1%.


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

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

 
Description:  Repair kit: the packaging consists of a stiff transparent casing on cardboard, contains hexagonal metal bicycle spanners, metal scraper, 2 tyre valves, rubber patches and 2 small white tubes of RUBBER SOLUTION, marked in English with ideograms of a skull and an orange flame on a white background.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Lithuania
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 23

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Alert number: 0623/08       
Category:  Lighting equipment
 
Product:  Wall/table spotlight
 
Brand: IKEA
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  R0302
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Fire
 

The product poses a risk of fire because during abnormal heating tests, the temperature of the mounting surface can rise to 175 degrees Celsius after ca 3.5 minutes, whereas the maximum limit is 175 degrees Celsius under steady conditions
The product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive and the relevant European standard EN 60598.
 

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

 
Description:  Wall or clamp spotlight in grey plastic and aluminium.
Country of origin:  Sweden
Alert submitted by:  Sweden
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 23

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Alert number: 0629/08       
Category:  Lighting equipment
 
Product:  Desk lamp
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  MT-7031
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 

The product poses a risk of electric shock because:


- the ceramic clamp contains conductors which can easily rotate, twist and be detached resulting in a short circuit,


- the lamp is unstable, the base is too small in respect to the entire structure of the lamp.


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 lamp is 170 mm high but could increase to a height of 380 mm by extending the cord linking the lampshade and its support/base. The product is packed in a cardboard box. The lampshade is made of a thin steel plate, 1 mm in depth and of blue or pink colour. The lamp's support is plastic and can be used as a clamp to fix the lamp to a desk/table.
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Romania
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 23

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Alert number: 0615/08       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Passenger car
 
Brand: MERCEDES-BENZ
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Vehicle types CL Class – 216 and S Model – 221.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 

The product poses a risk of injuries because a damaged dual transistor may have been used in the manufacture of the central control unit for the electronic capture, processing and transmission of signals (Signal Acquisition and Actuation Module – Front (SAM-F)). Further thermal stress, together with humidity, could lead to failure of one or both parts of the transistor, resulting in loss of operation of the centre console lighting or the headlamps, direction indicators, windscreen wipers and steering wheel adjustment.
 

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

 
Description:  VIN range: 216: A 014.397 – 016.596 221: A 188.781 – 208.320
Country of origin:  Germany
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 23

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Alert number: 0617/08       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Van - safety plug "Dichtstopfen"
 
Brand: VOLKSWAGEN
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Van, model T5 (Recall Campaign 20N8)
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Fire
 

The product poses a risk of fire because of a fault in the welding of a sealing plug in the H-shaped piece between the fuel supply and return pipe, which may cause leakages. In the worst case scenario, leaking fuel could cause a fire.
 

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

 
Description:  The recall concerns vehicles produced from 12.03.2008 to 08.04.2008, with VIN numbers in the following ranges: WV1___7H_8H 139827 – 149179 WV1___7J_8X 018696 – 020239 WV2___7H_8H 139810 – 149276 WV2___7H_8X 018666 – 020248 WV2___7H_9H 001194 – 001199 WV3___7J_8X 018686 – 020245.
Country of origin:  Germany
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 23

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Alert number: 0618/08       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Passenger car
 
Brand: OPEL
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Corsa D
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 

The product poses a risk of injuries because the ABS/ESP hydraulic modulator has not been fully evacuated during the hydraulic fluid filling process, causing loss of braking performance.
 

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

 
Description:  The recall concerns 2008 model year OPEL Corsa D vehicles, equipped with ABS/ESP, with VIN numbers ranging from 8 6 122456 to 8 6 132557.
Country of origin:  Germany
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 23

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Alert number: 0621/08       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Passenger car – airbag cover
 
Brand: OPEL
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Agila B
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 

The product poses a risk of injuries because the laser cut split line for the passenger airbag cover may be missing. As a result, the passenger airbag may not be able to expand in the case of an accident.
 

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

 
Description:  The recall concerns 2008 model year OPEL Agila B vehicles, with VIN numbers from 8 M 116775 to 8 M 132866.
Country of origin:  Germany
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 23

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Alert number: 0630/08       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Passenger car - steering column
 
Brand: RENAULT
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Model Kangoo II The list of the affected vehicles in Greece are the following: VF1FW0BB538703549; VF1FW0DB538703709; VF1FW0DB538703807; VF1KW0BB538703914; VF1KW0DB538703973; VF1KW0DB538703987.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 

The product poses a risk of injuries due to inadequate positioning of the steering column universal joint before being secured to the steering rack output pinion, which may result in loss of vehicle steering, possibly accompanied by a knocking noise when turning the steering wheel.
 

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

 
Description:  The recall concerns vehicles manufactured from the start of production through to 06 March 2008.
Country of origin:  France
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 23

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Alert number: 0631/08       
Category:  Childcare articles and children's equipment
 
Product:  Playground swing sets
 
Brand: PLAYWORLD SYSTEMS
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Clevises placed on swing sets
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 

The product poses a risk of injuries because the clevis bearing on the swing set can wear, causing the swing to detach and the user to fall.
 

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

 
Description:  The recall concerns swing sets sold from January 2007 through to February 2008. Swing sets involved in this recall have the following part numbers : - 8 ft 2-Unit Standard Swing -0248 - 5 in Arch Swing w-8 ft Top Rail - 0287 - 8 ft Standard Duty Swing Add-A-Bay -0230 - 5 in Arch Swing 2-Unit Add-A-Bay - 0370 - 10 ft 2-Unit Standard Swing - 0249 - 3-1/2 in Arch Swing w-8 ft Top Rail - 0288 - 10 ft Standard Duty Swing Add-A-Bay- 0231 - 3-1/2 in Arch Swing Add-A-Bay - 0375 - 8 ft 2-Unit Heavy Duty Swing - 0270 - 2-3/8 in Arch Swing w-7 ft Top Rail - 0120 - 8 ft heavy duty swing add-a-bay - 0232 - 2-3/8 in Arch Swing Add-A-Bay - 0121 - 10 ft 2-Unit Heavy Duty Swing - 0259 - 7 ft Early Childhood T-Swing - 0290 - 10 ft Heavy Duty Swing Add-A- Bay - 0233 - 8 ft Single Post Swing Assembly – 0295 - 8 ft Single Post Swing Add-A- Bay - 0296
Country of origin:  United States
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 23

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Alert number: 0613/08       
Category:  Stationery
 
Product:  Ball-point pen (with sound emitting function)
 
Brand: GOLYÓSTOLL HANGADÓ
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  26786
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains 33 m/m % by weight of bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP).
According to the Chemical Restrictions Directive 76/769/EEC, certain phthalates are prohibited.
 

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

 
Description:  Plastic ball-point pen with a soft PVC animal figure on the top (chicken, frog, dog, sea-lion, dolphin). The pen is equipped with a cord for hanging around the neck. By pressing the refill, the pen lights up and emits a sound. It is operated with 3 button cell batteries. Height is approx. 16 cm.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Hungary
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 23

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Alert number: 0619/08       
Category:  Stationery
 
Product:  Eraser
 
Brand: MAPED
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  511330
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains 33 % % by weight of bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP).
 

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

 
Description:  Yellow PVC eraser in the shape of a flower with flower motifs on one side. Unpackaged. Dimensions: 3 x 3 x 1 cm.
Country of origin:  France
Alert submitted by:  Hungary
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 23

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Alert number: 0612/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Rattle sets
 
Brand: BABY TOYS
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Item numbers in invoice - B121349 and B121375
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking, Suffocation
 
The product poses a risk of:



- choking because the mouthpiece of the horn in the set of rattles comes off easily and fits into the small parts cylinder, and a few rattles protrude past the base of template A,



- suffocation by strangulation as the cord of the rattle can be stretched to a length of 760 mm ± 5 mm. Cords intended to be fixed across a pram shall not exceed 750 mm when stretched by a force of 25 N ± 2 N and the length under these conditions shall not be more than 40% longer than their relaxed length.



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

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

 
Description:  Colourful rattle sets for a baby’s pram, packed in a clear plastic bag.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Finland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 23

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Alert number: 0614/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Soft plastic toy - Deadly Dinosaurs
 
Brand: TOY STORE
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Item n°: X-92028. Bar code:5 050577 920282, ITP Imports, WF17 9LU
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

The product poses a chemical risk because the body of the toy contains more than 1% of DINP (Di- "isononyl" phthalate).
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ccording 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:  Soft plastic dinosaur with sound effect. Packaging: attached to a clear plastic strap and a header card.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 23

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Alert number: 0620/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Ball set – Balls 4/1
 
Brand: W.I.S. – Euro One
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  78 G,
 
Batch number / Barcode:  3807807607688
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains 13.0 % by weight of bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP).


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

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

 
Description:  4 coloured balls with plastic stoppers, packed in a mesh bag (diameter of balls: 6.5 cm).
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Hungary
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 23

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Alert number: 0625/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Joke items - Sigaretta Puff-Puff
 
Brand: CARNIVALS TOYS
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Bar code 8004761062392, Art 6239
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

The product poses a chemical risk through inhalation of the talcum powder contained in the "Sigaretta Puff-Puff". Given that children will imitate adults smoking they may inhale the talc.
 

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

 
Description:  Two fake cigarettes packed in transparent plastic on yellow cardboard with the inscription "Sigaretta Puff-Puff" and an illustration of a boy smoking. Imitation glowing cigarettes, which are supposed to emit smoke when blown into.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Cyprus
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 23

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Alert number: 0628/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Plastic toy - Tyrannosaurus
 
Brand: DINOSAUR
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Ref. 111 – 211; EAN code: 5607771112
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains 0.88 % by weight of DEHP and 17.1 % by weight of 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 and recall from consumers by the importer.  (By: Other)

 
Description:  Plastic toy tyrannosaurus, height 25 cm, colour: grey-black with green-brown underneath, there is a label around the neck with marking "DINOSAUR, UMELY HRACKY", importer, country of origin, CE mark, pictograms and warnings.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Slovakia
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 23

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Alert number: 0622/08       
Category:  Communication and media equipment
 
Product:  Fibre optic device "Fast Ethernet converter"
 
Brand: N-NET TECHNOLOGY
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  NT-S1200
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 

The product poses a risk of electric shock because :


(i) Model Class I :


- the creepage and clearance distances are too short on the power supply : Primary foil– Secondary foil = 1.7mm (min. req. 5.0mm), Primary foil – Earth foil = 1.3mm (min. req. 2.5mm).


- Class II plug connected to Class I outlet without safety earth wire in the
Cable.


(ii) Model Class II :


- the creepage and clearance distances are too short on the power supply: Primary foil – Secondary foil= 1.2mm (min. req. 5.0mm), Primary – Chassis = 0.2mm (min. req. 5.0mm) (between capacitor CX2 – chassis).


- electrical strength test Pri-Chassis / 3000V (Failed at 600V).


The product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive and the relevant European standards EN 60950 and EN 60065.
 

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

 
Description:  Fibre optic device. Grey box marked with "N-net" in orange and red. "10/100 Base-TX to 100 Base-FX Fast Ethernet Converter" in white.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Sweden
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 23

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Alert number: 0632/08       
Category:  Decorative articles
 
Product:  Candles - Burner
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  W4- N4 (on the label of Slovak distributor), W-4 (on the label of Polish producer), EAN code: 5903722183189
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Burns, Fire
 
The product poses a risk of fire and burns due to uncontrolled combustion and melting of the plastic parts. The warning from the producer “Light on fireproof base” is not sufficient as the melted plastic and wax can ignite other neighbouring articles.
 

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

 
Description:  A white candle in a white plastic container, packed per 30 pieces in a cardboard box with a transparent cover.
Country of origin:  Poland
Alert submitted by:  Slovakia
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 23

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Alert number: 0611/08       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Electronic training system – slimming belt
 
Brand: ABGIMNIC
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Health risk / other, Injuries
 
This product poses a risk of injuries and a health risk for children, people suffering from epilepsy or cardiac diseases, pregnant women, people with skin infections or if the device is used on the head, chest, throat or mouth, particularly since the product is sold without instructions for use in Bulgarian.
 

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

 
Description:  Electronic training system – slimming belt, different dimensions, with batteries, sold in cardboard packages with pictures of the product and the following inscription: "ABGIMNIC - ELECTRONIC GYMNASTIC DEVICE". There is no information about the producer or the importer; the attached documents do not contain information about the origin of the product or any addresses that consumers might use if necessary. There are instructions for use written in English.
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Bulgaria
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 23

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Alert number: 0616/08       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Electric oven
 
Brand: ASEL BLEMA
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Models FCA-21 and FCAT-22
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Burns, Electric shock
 
The product poses a risk of burns and electric shock because :



- the power absorbed (1 235 watts for model FCAT 22 and 1 243 watts for model FCA 21) at the rated voltage (220-240 volts) is more than 5% than that of the manufacturer’s rated wattage (1 100 watts);



- in the case of the FCA-21 model, the maximum permitted heat values (65 K and 60 K) are exceeded in the corner wall (125.4 K) and the door handle (91.7 K); and in the case of the FCAT-22 model, the maximum permitted heat values (60 K) are exceeded by the door handle (98.6 K);



- the appliances failed the test with the spring-operated impact hammer, which totally destroyed the front of the ovens and left the heating elements inside directly accessible;



- when the user touches the handle, he/she touches parts that increase in temperature by more than the increase permitted for handles held for short periods of time only;



- the oven tray falls in an intermediate position;



- insulation sleeves are used as additional insulation but they are not securely fixed in position;



- earth continuity is ensured using the fastening of the power cable anti-traction device.



The product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive and with the relevant European standards EN 60335 and EN 604417.
 

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

 
Description:  Two electric ovens: The packaging consists of a cardboard box with a picture of the product, as well as the brand name ASEL BLEMA and the model number FCA-21 or FCAT-22
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 23