Rapid Alert System - Weekly Report

Report 24 ( Published on: 20/06/2008)

 
Weekly report Products with serious risks 

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Alert number: 0639/08       
Category:  Food-imitating products
 
Product:  Plastic fruit
 
Brand: BAG O’ FRUIT
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Art. P7710,
 
Batch number / Barcode:  0 220582 000032
 
Risk type:  Choking
 

The product poses a risk of choking as due to its characteristic form, appearance, colour and size, the product may be mistaken for a foodstuff. This may lead children to put it in their mouths and swallow it, which could entail the risk of asphyxia or obstruction of the digestive tract.


The product does not comply with the Directive 87/357/EEC on products which, appearing to be other than they are, endanger the health or safety of consumers.
 

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

 
Description:  10 pieces of plastic fruit (green and red apple, pear, orange, mandarin, apricot, banana, a bunch of green grapes, one tomato and one lemon), packed in a transparent colourless bag with a cardboard top consisting of brand name, CE mark and information in Greek.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 24

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Alert number: 0642/08       
Category:  Food-imitating products
 
Product:  Decorative Candles
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Code ZC94-1, Bar code 0 261973 000033
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 

The product poses a risk of choking as, due to its characteristic form, appearance, colour and size, the product may be mistaken for a foodstuff. This may lead children to put it in their mouth and swallow it, entailing the risk of asphyxia or obstruction of the digestive tract.


The product does not comply with Directive 87/357/EEC on products which, appearing to be other than they are, endanger the health or safety of consumers.
 

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

 
Description:  Food-imitating decorative candle in the shape of a small half-orange (approx. dimensions: diameter 4.4cm, height 2 cm). The candles are packed in six pieces in a transparent box, with a gold coloured base that comes with warnings and instructions for use in Greek and English. The candles cannot be bought separately.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 24

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Alert number: 0660/08       
Category:  Food-imitating products
 
Product:  Candles
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Code SK 52700,
 
Batch number / Barcode:  5 201433 667777
 
Risk type:  Choking
 

The product poses a risk of choking as, due to its characteristic form, appearance, colour and size, the product may be mistaken for a foodstuff. This may lead children to put it in their mouths and swallow it, which could entail the risk of asphyxia or obstruction of the digestive tract.


The product does not comply with the Directive 87/357/EEC on products which, appearing to be other than they are, endanger the health or safety of consumers.
 

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

 
Description:  Food-imitating decorative candle in the shape of a triangular brown-coloured small chocolate (approx. dimensions: side 6cm, height 4 cm). The candle is sold wrapped in a colourless transparent bag. The packaging includes an attractive brown ribbon and comes with warnings and instructions for use in Greek and English.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 24

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Alert number: 0640/08       
Category:  Kitchen/cooking accessories
 
Product:  Thermos flask - Thermokanne
 
Brand: SUN PEAK
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Thermos flask FJ100602, Item No 909F080129, EAN 4047909001055
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains asbestos which could cause cancer if inhaled.


This product does not comply with the Chemicals Restrictions Directive 76/769/EEC.
 

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

 
Description:  Yellow plastic flask.
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 24

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Alert number: 0641/08       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Passenger car - Fuel filter in passenger car
 
Brand: BENTLEY
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Continental GT, Continental GT Speed, Continental Flying Spur and Continental GTC
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Fire
 

The product poses a risk of fire because road salt can corrode the outer surface of the fuel filter. In extreme cases, this may lead to the filter housing becoming porous with a corresponding fuel leak. Such a leak has the potential for combustion and fire.
 

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

 
Description:  The recall concerns vehicles produced between 4 December 2003 and 18 March 2008.
Country of origin:  United Kingdom
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 24

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Alert number: 0644/08       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Passenger car - Drive axle pinion seal
 
Brand: OPEL
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  model GT
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 

The product poses a risk of injuries because the drive axle pinion seal may leak, causing unforeseen blocking of the drive axle pinion and consequently of the drivewheels.
 

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

 
Description:  The recall concerns 2007 model year OPEL GT vehicles, with VIN numbers from 7 Y 111678 to 7 Y 142685.
Country of origin:  United States
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 24

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Alert number: 0652/08       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Car accessories - Starter cables/Booster cables
 
Brand: AUTOMAX car accessories
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Art. N°4410, EAN 8586009104410, 200AMP
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Fire
 

The product poses a risk of fire because:


- the maximum external diameter of cable for the indicated diameter of nucleus of 0.5 mm should be 2.3 mm, whereas the real measured diameter is 7.3 mm,


- resistance of nucleus should be maximum 37.1 mΩ,/m whereas the real measured value is 47.8 mΩ,/m.


The product does not comply with the relevant standard ISO 6722.
 

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

 
Description:  The starter cable for connecting the positive poles of the accumulator is black; the starting cable for connecting negative poles of the accumulator is red. The product is packed in a plastic bag with marking "BOOSTER CABLE," "AUTOMAX CAR ACCESSORIES", EAN code, Art. Nr. and address of the company "best AUTOMAX" in Slovakia. Sticker on the pack contains data: 200 amp, length 175 cm, voltage 12/24 V, diameter 1.0 mm.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Slovakia
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 24

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Alert number: 0655/08       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Motorcycle
 
Brand: HONDA
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  1) PS 125i – PS 150i (de 2006 e 2007); 2) SH 125i – SH 150i (de 2005, 2006 e 2007).
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Fire
 

The product poses a risk of fire because if the terminal and wire are incorrectly inserted in the ACG stator plug, the resistance of the contact in the terminal exceeds the standard value necessary, generating heat in the connection and resulting in the separation of the two parts. Once separation occurs, the generation of heat accelerates, melting the plug, which causes the motor to stop or the vehicle to catch fire.
 

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

 
Description:  Various VINs (<a href="http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/safety/rapex/docs/0655-08_vinlist.pdf">see lists attached</a>)
Country of origin:  Italy
Alert submitted by:  Portugal
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 24

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Alert number: 0657/08       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Motorcycles Honda TRX
 
Brand: HONDA
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  TRX 500 FE / FM / FA (2007)
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 

These products pose a risk of injuries due to :


- water (from rain or washing) entering the wiring from the right-hand side of the motor’s stop button, which accumulates inside the plastic cladding. The accumulated water can leak into the wires and seep into the accelerator’s position sensor. In cold climates, the water in the accelerator’s position sensor can freeze, thereby preventing the motor from decelerating after the accelerator has been released.


- corrosion and the resulting increase in resistance between the resistor and the terminal of the accelerator’s position sensor may cause the ECU to detect a fault in the accelerator’s position sensor. This may cause the indicator lights to activate or to fail to change in certain models.
 

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

 
Description:  Various VINs (<a href="http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/safety/rapex/docs/0657-08_vinlist.pdf">see lists attached</a>)
Country of origin:  United States
Alert submitted by:  Portugal
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 24

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Alert number: 0658/08       
Category:  Childcare articles and children's equipment
 
Product:  Soother holders
 
Brand: CARREFOUR
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  TEX-BEBE,
 
Batch number / Barcode:  2868500500011, Jackel Ref.: 47708606, Carrefour Ref.: 6818680000
 
Risk type:  Injuries, Suffocation
 
The product poses a risk of :



- suffocation because in the intermediate position the clip presents two ventilation holes with a total surface area of less than 40 mm2. Given that the ventilation holes are smaller in area than required in the standard there is a risk of asphyxia,



- injuries because the clip for attachment to clothes has accessible openings wider than 5.5 mm, less than 12 mm wide and deeper than 10 mm. Given the dimensions of the accessible openings of the clip, there is a risk of fingers becoming trapped.



The product does not comply with the relevant European standard EN 12586.
 

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

 
Description:  Soother holders in various colours, with a round clip for attaching to clothes. The packaging is a blister containing two soother holders. It has a card label giving details of the distributor and listing the materials. It also includes an instruction leaflet.
Country of origin:  United Kingdom
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 24

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Alert number: 0662/08       
Category:  Stationery
 
Product:  Felt-tip pens - 30 fibre-tip pens with ventilated cap
 
Brand: PBS-FACTORY
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Item No 00392, EAN-Code: 4 022402 003928
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

The product poses a chemical risk because the individual felt-tips (e.g. purple, red/brown, pink, light blue, dark blue) contain excessive levels of benzene: up to 469mg/kg
 

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

 
Description:  30 fibre-tip pens of various colours, with pen cap in corresponding colour, white stopper, length approx. 13 cm, CE marking on pen. "Creative school" is written on the packaging.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 24

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Alert number: 0633/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Plastic toy – "Witchcraft Knight dinosaurs and warriors"
 
Brand: WITCHCRAFT KNIGHT
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Codes 12006 6A-12006-6B-12006-6C, Label on the back: "HWA 159226 KNIGHT, Children’s toys 954 158 07 C", Barcode 2000003 895977
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

The product poses a serious chemical risk because of the presence of DEHP and DINP, exceeding the permissible limits laid down in Directive 2005/84/EC.


In addition, the product poses a moderate chemical risk because the air in the packages contains: ethylhexanol, cyclohexanone, 1-methylnaphthalene, 2-methylnaphthalene, mixture of dimethyl-, trimethyl- and tetramethyl-naphthalene, mixture of methyl-, dimethyl-, trimethyl- and tetramethyl-biphenyl. Cyclohexanone is considered noxious, while the other substances are considered to be irritants.


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

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

 
Description:  The items are made up of plastic pieces a few centimetres in length, in two plastic blister packs measuring 23 x 20.5 x 6 cm attached to a card bearing the sales information.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Italy
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 24

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Alert number: 0634/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Joke items - Fake Cigarettes
 
Brand: FUNNYMAN PRODUCTS LTD
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Barcode 5022103000478 / Model J47
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

The product poses a chemical risk through inhalation of the talcum powder contained in the fake cigarettes. Given that children will imitate adults smoking they may inhale the talc, posing health risks.
 

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

 
Description:  Two fake cigarettes in transparent plastic on red and yellow coloured cardboard with the inscription "Fake Smoking Cigarettes - Look like the real thing!!" and a drawing of a boy smoking. Imitation glowing cigarettes, which are supposed to emit smoke when blown into.
Country of origin:  Taiwan
Alert submitted by:  Cyprus
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 24

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Alert number: 0635/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Rattle with music "Funny Chick"
 
Brand: MUSICAL BB MOBILE
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Item No. LG-1170A -No. 2001B-1; barcode 5291410009058
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 

The product poses a risk of choking because of detachable parts and, in particular, the screw cap which fits entirely into the small parts cylinder. In addition, the small detachable part does not have the minimum size according to the geometric shape test.


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.

 
Description:  A set of four rattles in the shape of birds, a wind-up musical box and a small ball, to be attached to a child's bed. Packaging: a colourful cardboard box with transparent window. On the box are the following inscriptions: a pictogram concerning the age restriction (ages over 3 years), a warning – "Choking Hazard - small parts" and a “CE mark”.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Cyprus
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 24

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Alert number: 0636/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Rattle with music - Mini Musical BB Mobile
 
Brand: MUSIC SYSTEM
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Item No. LG-1825A No 601; Barcode 5291410009232
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 

The product poses a risk of choking because of detachable parts and, in particular, the screw cap which fits entirely into the small parts cylinder. In addition, the small detachable part does not have the minimum size according to the geometric shape test.


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.

 
Description:  A set of three rattles in the shape of a bird, bear and mouse and a wind-up musical box for a child's bed. Packaging: a colourful cardboard box with transparent window. On the box are the following inscriptions: a pictogram concerning the age restriction (ages over 4 years), and a warning – "Choking Hazard - small parts" and a “CE mark”.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Cyprus
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 24

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Alert number: 0638/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Rattle set - New type Funny game Special styles
 
Brand: TOYS BABY
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Item N° LG-2432A, N°848, Barcode 529141002321
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 

The product poses a risk of choking because it releases small pieces and particles which fit entirely 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): Withdrawal from the market ordered by the authorities.

 
Description:  Set of four different games. Packaging: on the cardboard there is a pictogram concerning the age restriction (ages over 6-18 months) and a CE mark.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Cyprus
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 24

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Alert number: 0643/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Rocking horse – "My rocking horse"
 
Brand: MY BABY
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  2006-163-100D
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 

The product poses a risk of choking because the hair of the horse's mane can easily be removed. This hair could be put into the mouth of a child posing a risk of choking.


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 ordered by the authorities.

 
Description:  Gross weight 4 kg, Net weight 3 kg. Dimensions: 75x21x53cm.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Romania
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 24

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Alert number: 0645/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Toy mobile phone
 
Brand: QING PAL
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  No. 7610, on sticker: EAN code: 6935176202306, OKU 10493 A
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Damage to hearing
 

The product poses a risk of damage to hearing because its A-weighted emission sound pressure LpA is 104.9 dB whereas the limit for a close-to-the-ear toy is 80 dB.


The product does not comply with the Toys Directive and the relevant European standard EN 71-1.
 

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

 
Description:  Child’s black plastic mobile phone displaying a picture of a Spiderman-type figure, equipped with a pink string to hang around the neck of a child. Packaging: blister pack on varicoloured cardboard with pictures of a girl and various types of mobile phones. The toy operates on two batteries of 1.5V, type AA. <b>The product might be counterfeit.</b>
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Slovakia
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 24

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Alert number: 0646/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Toy mobile phone
 
Brand: MINNIE AND MIKEY
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  300-12 (number pressed into blister pack)
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Damage to hearing
 

The product poses a risk of damage to hearing because it produces a sound with the weighted emission of acoustic pressure of 94.9 dB, which exceeds the permitted limit value of 80 dB for toys to be used close to the ear.


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 from consumers by the distributor.  (By: Other)

 
Description:  Child’s plastic mobile phone, yellow and white with a transparent plastic antenna and a white string to hang around the neck of a child. On the front cover of the mobile there is a sticker with a mouse marked "Mikey, Minnie". The toy is operated by 2 batteries of 1.5 V. Packaging: blister on varicoloured cardboard with pictures of the mice Mikey and Minnie. A plastic torch is attached to the packaging. <b>This is a counterfeit product.</b>
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Slovakia
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 24

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Alert number: 0647/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Rag dolls
 
Brand: PLUCHE FRIENDS
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  1)
 
Batch number / Barcode:  8712051004976, Item no: 05.13.035, 2) Barcode: 8712051017662, Item no: 05.13.025, 3) Barcode: 8712051017624, Item no.: 05.13.021.
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

These products pose a chemical risk because:


- the "hair" of the rag dolls was produced using prohibited azo colours, which by splitting one or more azogroups can form one of the carcinogenic amines,


1) In the brown and red/orange textile threads used for the dolls' hair, 1200 and 830 mg/kg of 4-aminoazobenzol were found,


2) In the brown textile threads used for the dolls' hair, 1100 mg/kg of 4-aminoazobenzol were found,


3) In the brown, red/orange and light brown textile threads used for the dolls' hair, 1400 mg/kg, 1200 mg/kg and 140 mg/kg of 4-aminoazobenzol were found.


Azo colours are prohibited under the Chemical Restrictions Directive 76/769/EEC.
 

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

 
Description:  1) 2 rag dolls (sold individually): One with brown hair, yellow cap, orange feet, orange shirt, red and white striped legs and yellow dungarees embroidered with a red helicopter. One with red/orange hair, green cap, yellow feet, green shirt, blue and white striped legs and blue dungarees embroidered with a red ship. 2) Rag doll with brown hair, yellow cap, orange feet, orange shirt and yellow dungarees embroidered with a red helicopter. 3) 3 rag dolls (sold individually): One with brown hair, yellow and green hat, yellow shoes, orange trousers, green and yellow shirt with embroidered cat (part sample 1-2008/01047-000). One with red/orange hair, purple and orange hat, orange shoes, green trousers, purple and orange shirt with embroidered cat (part sample 1-2008/01047-002). One with light brown hair, pink and green hat, green shoes, purple trousers, pink and green shirt with embroidered teddy bear (part sample 1-2008/01047-003).
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 24

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Alert number: 0648/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Toy and candy
 
Brand: FLASH DINOSAUR CANDY
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  EAN code: 6924255910195
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking, Injuries
 
The product poses a risk of:



- injuries because of sharp metallic wire of LED Diode which becomes accessible when the head of the dinosaur is split in two parts,



– choking because the button batteries of the toy are accessible without using any instrument.



The product does not comply with the Toys Directive and the European standard EN 62115.
 

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

 
Description:  The toy, in the shape of a dinosaur in pink and green colours, forms the top part of a tube containing candy. By pushing the toy down, the head of the dinosaur flashes - operated by two button batteries. The bottom part for candy is made from transparent PVC.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Slovakia
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 24

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Alert number: 0649/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Sticklebricks
 
Brand: STICKLEBRICKS
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  - Junior Super Builder Bucket / 2017 / 5038701020176. - Infant Builder Bucket / 2016 / 5038701020169. - Infant Bag / 2023 / 5038701020237. - Junior Super Builder Bucket 33% Extra Free / 2017AV / 5038701020176. - Infant Builder Bucket 33% Extra Free / 2016AV / 5038701020169.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 

The product poses a risk of choking because it has been discovered that the “stickles” can be detached during normal and foreseeable use. The stickles are small and could be hazardous to young children.


The product does not comply with the Toys Directive and the relevant European standard EN 71-1.
 

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

 
Description:  Plastic inter-locking sticklebricks, sold since October 2007, supplied in a yellow bucket with handle.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 24

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Alert number: 0650/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Toy and sweets - fox on skateboard
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  EAN code: 68595239640179
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking, Injuries
 
The product poses a risk of:



- choking because the propeller became detached during the fall test and it fits into the small parts cylinder,



- injuries because the whistle has protrusions, which can injure the mouth of a child.



The product does not comply with the Toys Directive and the relevant European standard EN 71-1.
 

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

 
Description:  The toy is in the shape of a fox on a skateboard, green in colour. The fox has a red propeller in its hands. The skateboard is designed as a whistle. Dimensions: fox - 8 cm; propeller - 1.5 cm. The fox forms the top part of a tube containing sweets. The product is available on the market in various colours.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Slovakia
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 24

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Alert number: 0651/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Pushchair with doll
 
Brand: FASHION TOYS
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  QKU 14485/EAN 6935415500439
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Burns, Injuries
 
The product poses a risk of injuries because the pushchair has only one secure locking device and during the test the pushchair collapsed entirely, damaging the construction. The fingers of a child could therefore be entrapped in the side parts of the construction.



In addition, parts of the metal construction are not protected and covers are not fixed properly and can be easily removed.


The product also poses a risk of burns caused by accessible batteries which exceed the maximum temperature permitted.



The product does not comply with the Toys Directive and the relevant European standards EN 71 and EN 62115.
 

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

 
Description:  The folding pushchair and doll are pink in colour and sold in a plastic bag closed by a carton label with the following inscriptions: FASHION TOYS, name of product: The doll QKU 14485. The toy is not intended for children under 3 years. It contains small parts.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Czech Republic
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 24

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Alert number: 0659/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Pull-along toy turtle
 
Brand: SUPERIOR JINTONG TOYS
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Model: 878230, Code n° 58805,
 
Batch number / Barcode:  2204938782306
 
Risk type:  Choking
 

The product poses a risk of choking because it can be broken and generate small parts which fit entirely into 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): Withdrawal from the market ordered by the authorities.

 
Description:  This battery-operated, pull-along toy turtle emits light and sound. The packaging is a rigid cardboard box with a transparent plastic lid.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 24

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Alert number: 0661/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Novelty article - Mask
 
Brand: MASKE
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Barcode 33672002531000000300
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains 12.35% by weight of di-2-ethyl-hexylphthalate (DEHP).


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


In addition, it contains 906 mg/kg of dye disperse orange.
 

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

 
Description:  External characteristics: grey-blue horror mask in soft plastic material with black veil in synthetic fabric. Sensory characteristics: slightly sweet perfume-like odour. Packaging: loose in sample bag. Marking: barcode as above.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 24

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Alert number: 0663/08       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Toy mobile phone – "Super telephone"
 
Brand: BENIGN GIRL
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  NO. 943-300A
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Damage to hearing
 

The product poses a risk of damage to hearing because it produces sounds with a weighted emission of acoustic pressure of 99 dB, which exceeds the permitted limit value of 80 dB for toys to be used close to the ear.


This toy does not comply with the Toys Directive and the relevant European standard EN-71.
 

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

 
Description:  Child’s plastic mobile phone with sound and light effects, a flashing antenna and a string to hang around the neck of a child, supplied with 2 batteries of 1.5 V. Marking on the front– a picture with a doll and text "Mini mobile phone" "Super telephone". Packaging: blister on coloured cardboard with picture of a doll and text "BENIGN GIRL", marking : CE mark, pictogram concerning age restriction 0-3, Warning : "Choking hazard – Small parts, not for children under 3 years". <b> This product is counterfeit.</b>
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Slovakia
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 24

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Alert number: 0637/08       
Category:  Cosmetics
 
Product:  Face cream - Complexion cream with allantoin
 
Brand: RICO
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Nothing indicated on old boxes. New boxes (2007) have a Lot number, date of manufacture and an expiry date.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains more than 2% of hydroquinone; the frequent and long-term use of which presents a health risk.


The product does not comply with the Cosmetic Directive 76/768/EEC.
 

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

 
Description:  A white box with a photograph of a woman, the brand name is in white on a blue background, and the text is in red and black. The box contains a white tube with text in black and blue and a picture of the same woman. There is no list of ingredients on either the box or the tube.
Country of origin:  United Kingdom
Alert submitted by:  Belgium
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 24

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Alert number: 0656/08       
Category:  Cosmetics
 
Product:  Lightening gel - Miss Caroline Crème éclaircissante
 
Brand: MISS CAROLINE
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Batch 311, EAN 8260800 232250
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains 4.76% of hydroquinone, the use of which is associated with harmful effects. Prolonged use of hydroquinone on large skin areas can endanger human health.


The product does not comply with the Cosmetic Directive 76/768/EEC.
 

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

 
Description:  Round, white, labelled plastic tub with green plastic screw-lid, content: 330ml.
Country of origin:  France
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 24

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Alert number: 0653/08       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Cable reel
 
Brand: BILTEMA 35-017
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  HJR-9D
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 

The product poses a risk of electric shock due to the fact that the product does not withstand frost. During the bending test, it shows cracks both in the casing and the insulation so that the wires of the conductors are accessible.


The product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive and the relevant European standard EN 61242.
 

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

 
Description:  Cable reel with black rubber cord. Black and red plastic enclosure.
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Finland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 24

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Alert number: 0654/08       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Blender – "Mix it!"
 
Brand: TZS FIRST AUSTRIA
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  FA-5290
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Burns, Electric shock
 
The product poses a risk of burns and electric shock because :



- the design of the product is inappropriate and the materials used are poor and overheat easily,



- there is insufficient information concerning the safety category class (II).



The product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive.
 

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

 
Description:  Product is a blender made of white and blue coloured plastic, packed in a cardboard box.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Poland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2008 - 24