Rapid Alert System - Weekly Report

Report 15 ( Published on: 24/04/2009)
Corrigendum:

Notification 1132/08 of week 40 of 2008 was updated (changes with regard to the model numbers).

 
Weekly report Products with serious risks 

1 of 2 photos

2 of 2 photos

Alert number: 0534/09       
Category:  Chemical products
 
Product:  Disinfectant cleaner - BREF Tornado Gel
 
Brand: BREF
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode:  9000100541558 (Ocean), 9000100541855 (Citrus)
 
Risk type:  Chemical, Damage to sight
 
The product poses a risk of damage to sight and a chemical risk because, in certain bottles, the child-resistant cap can be too easily opened. Therefore, a child can open the bottle and pour or swallow the cleaner which contains 11.6g/100g hydrogen chloride.

Depending on the duration of contact with the product it may cause skin irritation or burns; in case of longer contact it may cause eye injury / damage to sight, internal injury / burns if swallowed.


The product does not comply with the regulation 648/2004/EC on detergents.
 

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

 
Description:  Disinfectant cleaner for toilets. Volume: 750 ml, date of manufacture is indicated on the back above the date of expiry. Only the products manufactured from February 2009 to 9 March 2009 are affected.
Country of origin:  Hungary
Alert submitted by:  Hungary
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2009 - 15
Products were found and measures were taken also in:  Czech Republic, Slovakia

1 of 8 photos

2 of 8 photos

3 of 8 photos

4 of 8 photos

5 of 8 photos

6 of 8 photos

7 of 8 photos

8 of 8 photos

Alert number: 0541/09       
Category:  Lighting chains
 
Product:  Lighting chain
 
Brand: 20 luces decorativas
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  50Hz, 230 V
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 

The product poses a risk of electric shock because:


- the sections of wires are less than 0.5 mm2. The length of the cord, as well as the attachment of wires into the lampholders, are not compliant;


- the parameters of the plug are not compliant;


- the lampholders do not pass the needle flame test and ball pressure test.


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

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

 
Description:  Christmas lighting chain with exchangeable varicoloured bulbs. The product is packed in a red cardboard box with a picture of house.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Slovakia
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2009 - 15
Products were found and measures were taken also in:  Slovakia

1 of 8 photos

2 of 8 photos

3 of 8 photos

4 of 8 photos

5 of 8 photos

6 of 8 photos

7 of 8 photos

8 of 8 photos

Alert number: 0544/09       
Category:  Lighting chains
 
Product:  Lighting chain - Multi Function rice light
 
Brand: Multi Function
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Model: MG – 140, Mode: MG – 100
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 

The product poses a risk of electric shock because:


- the cover of the regulation device does not pass the impact test and it is not sufficiently fixed to the chain and mains plug,


- the section of wires and the length of the bulb conductors are not compliant.


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

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

 
Description:  Lighting chain with small varicoloured bulbs, equipped with a flashing device. The product is packed in a cardboard box with Christmas motifs and marked "MULTI FUNCTION RICE LIGHT" Model: MG – 140, 230V/50Hz/31,5W, 7,5W/0,07A; Mode: MG – 100, 230V/50Hz/35W, 5V/0,07A, text in Hungarian language, etc.
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Slovakia
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2009 - 15

1 of 2 photos

2 of 2 photos

Alert number: 0547/09       
Category:  Lighting equipment
 
Product:  LED display screen
 
Brand: Haiyixing
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 

The product poses a risk of electric shock because the cord anchorage is not sufficient to withstand pulling and twisting (secured only by hot adhesive).


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

Measures taken by economic operators: Sales ban. Voluntary withdrawal from the market, recall from consumers and destruction of products by the importer.  (By: Other)

 
Description:  Entrance sign (approximately 500 x 250 mm) for business premises consisting of an LED display screen. The electrical wiring, including electronic component, is mounted directly on a base made of chipboard painted black. There is a plastic frame with a hole for the mains cable.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2009 - 15

1 of 1 photo

Alert number: 0533/09       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Car rack - Thule rapid fixpoint XT kit
 
Brand: Thule
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Thule Rapid Fixpoint XT kit used for fastening the load carrier base into the fixpoint of the car. Produced during the period 1 January 2008-28 February 2009. The following product numbers are affected: 133050, 133056, 133061, 133066, 133068, 133069, 133071, 133077 and 133080. Spare parts numbers: 50960, 50961, 50962 and 50996. The affected parts could be used for the following car models: Honda CRV 02-06, Citroen C4 Picasso and Grand Picasso 07, Hyundai i30 07-, KIA Ceed 07-, KIA produced 08-, Mercedes A class 05-, Mercedes B class 05-, Subaru Impreza 07-, Ford Mondeo 01-03;04-07, Mazda 3 04-, Mazda 5 04-, Mazda Axela 04-, Mazda 6 02-04;05-07, Mazda Atenza 02-07, Mazda CX7 06 and CX9 07-, Mazda Demio 07-, Mazda 2 07-, Mazda Premacy 04-, Mitsubishi Lancer 07-, Ford Territory 03-.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
The product poses a risk of injuries because the incorrect rigidity of the fixation bolt makes it brittle and it could therefore break under stress.



The potential danger is that the fixation bolt snaps off during use which, in the worst cases, can lead to the rack and load coming loose while driving.
 

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

 
Description:  A bolt with number 8523723002 in a Thule Rapid Fixpoint XT kit used for fastening the load carrier base into the fixpoint of the car.
Country of origin:  Sweden
Alert submitted by:  Sweden
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2009 - 15
Products were found and measures were taken also in:  Greece, Finland, Ireland, Hungary, Slovenia, Belgium, Malta, Portugal, Estonia

No pictures are available

Alert number: 0536/09       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Motorcycles - Derbi GPR, Aprilia RS, Gilera SC
 
Brand: Derbi/Aprilia/ Gilera
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  DERBI GPR 50/125, APRILIA RS50, GILERA SC125 Proof of conformity : XGPR/50 E9*2002/24*0011 GPR 125 E9*2002/24*0027 GRP RS50 E11*2002/24*0431 GPR SC125 E9*2002/24*0027
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
The products pose a risk of injuries because in some cases fatigue cracks have been detected in one of the tubes of the chassis. These cracks become bigger the more the bike is used, and this could result in a complete break leading to an accident.
 

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

 
Description:  50cc and 125cc motorcycles. The list of the chassis numbers of the models GPR 50/125- Aprilia RS50 and Gilera SC125 are provided in the <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/images/rapex/2009-w15/0536-09attachedList.pdf">attached list</a><img src="http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/images/pdf.gif" border="0"/>.
Country of origin:  Spain
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2009 - 15
Products were found and measures were taken also in:  Germany, Slovenia, Sweden, The Netherlands

1 of 2 photos

2 of 2 photos

Alert number: 0540/09       
Category:  Protective equipment
 
Product:  Dry suit inflation hoses - Flow restriction orifice
 
Brand: SI TECH
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Model no: 30115-00800, 32120-30800, 32510-00800. The affected hoses are marked on the UNF 3/8” end with an alphanumeric 3-digit batch code. Batch no: Between VIE-YF8 (black insert) and YF9-ZBD (blue insert)
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Drowning
 
The product poses a risk of drowning because the flow restricting insert may dislodge from the hose and move to the second stage where it could cause an obstruction to the air flow. This could interfere with connected devices including the regulator. Airflow might therefore be reduced which could affect breathing when diving.



One incident reported.
 

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

 
Description:  SI TECH dry suit inflation hoses containing a flow restriction orifice. Consumers will most likely have received the hose as an accessory when purchasing a new dry suit. The hoses containing the affected part were sold during the period: 26 June 2006 – 26 February 2009. The insert is black, blue or green.
Country of origin:  Sweden
Alert submitted by:  Sweden
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2009 - 15
Products were found and measures were taken also in:  Greece, Finland

1 of 2 photos

2 of 2 photos

Alert number: 0535/09       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Soft toys: bears and dogs
 
Brand: Yonchen
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Model: 0880700 Bar code: 8420068807007
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 

These products pose a risk of choking because they contain small parts (the nose) which may be easily detached.
The products do not comply with the Toys Directive and the relevant European standard EN 71.

 

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

 
Description:  Soft toys in the form of bears and dogs, packed in a plastic bag and carrying a label with the importer's details, the CE mark and the symbol indicating that they are not suitable for children under 3 years of age.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2009 - 15

1 of 2 photos

2 of 2 photos

Alert number: 0539/09       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Toy bag "Noukie's"
 
Brand: Lola Doudou
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Toy bag/0780.79, EAN 5413042101683
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Suffocation
 

The product poses a risk of suffocation because the bag, used as packaging for a teddy bear, may pose a suffocation hazard as the opening has a circumference of around 520 mm (danger when > 380 mm) and the cord for carrying the bag is around 700 mm long (danger when longer than 380 mm).


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

Measures taken by economic operators: Voluntary stop of sales by the retailer.  (By: Other)

 
Description:  A bag containing a teddy bear. The bag is made of flexible plastic with an opening that can be closed by pulling a cord. The bag is in the form of a rucksack. Approximate dimensions: 30 cm in height, 17 cm in diameter, with an opening of approx 52 cm in circumference. A cord is attached securely at both ends to the rucksack and is used for carrying the bag. There are no significant markings or manufacturer information. The plastic is approximately 0.246 mm thick.
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2009 - 15
Products were found and measures were taken also in:  Belgium

1 of 6 photos

2 of 6 photos

3 of 6 photos

4 of 6 photos

5 of 6 photos

6 of 6 photos

Alert number: 0545/09       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Soft toys - Rainbow bears
 
Brand: First & main
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Art no. 1362 for all bears
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

The products pose a chemical risk because they contain bis (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP). In addition, two products contain lead in a concentration higher than the permitted limit of 90 mg/kg.


I: 25 % DEHP

II: 24 % DEHP

III: 24 % DEHP, 97 mg/kg Pb

IV: 23 % DEHP, 150 mg/kg Pb

V: 26 % DEHP

VI: 26 % DEHP


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

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

 
Description:  Soft bears in 6 different colours. I: Red, II: Blue, III: Yellow, IV: Orange, V: Green, VI: Lila
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Finland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2009 - 15

1 of 9 photos

2 of 9 photos

3 of 9 photos

4 of 9 photos

5 of 9 photos

6 of 9 photos

7 of 9 photos

8 of 9 photos

9 of 9 photos

Alert number: 0546/09       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Toy telephones - Children’s plastic room phone
 
Brand: KID PHONE
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  No. 9968, EAN code: 8590756384841
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Damage to hearing
 

The product poses a risk of damage to hearing because the weighted emission of acoustic pressure is 96.8 dB, which exceeds the maximum permitted value of 80 dB.


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

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

 
Description:  A set of two plastic pink and green telephones with pink buttons, bearing the pictures of a boy called Daniel and a girl called Emily. The telephone operates on two batteries of 1.5 V type AA, which are not included. The product is packed in a varicoloured cardboard box with a transparent plastic window.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Slovakia
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2009 - 15
Products were found and measures were taken also in:  Czech Republic

1 of 3 photos

2 of 3 photos

3 of 3 photos

Alert number: 0532/09       
Category:  Clothing, textiles and fashion items
 
Product:  Children's jacket
 
Brand: Andy Peters
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Item No: 05300181,
 
Batch number / Barcode:  0 530018 103016
 
Risk type:  Strangulation
 

The product poses a risk of strangulation due to the presence of elastic drawstrings with protruding loops in the neck area.


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

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Corrective actions ordered by the authorities.

 
Description:  Child's puffy jacket in blue and green. The jacket has a zip, buttons, pockets and a hood (with a fur trim) containing elastic drawstrings with plastic toggles. On the inside, there is a sewn textile label containing the inscription: “ANDY PETERS, MY GENERATION”. Additionally, there is a cardboard label attached to the product, which contains the same inscription. Sizes: 0 to 14 years.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2009 - 15

1 of 1 photo

Alert number: 0538/09       
Category:  Clothing, textiles and fashion items
 
Product:  Ladies' shoes
 
Brand: Gioseppo
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Model: Feira Ref.: 17092-05
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

The product poses a chemical risk because of the presence of dimethylfumarate (DMF) in the footwear and the sachets contained in the packaging. Dimethylfumarate is a substance which is considered harmful, irritating and sensitising on contact with the skin, and its use as a biocide is not authorised.
 

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

 
Description:  A pair of ladies’ red shoes packed in a cardboard box.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2009 - 15

1 of 1 photo

Alert number: 0542/09       
Category:  Clothing, textiles and fashion items
 
Product:  Scarf - Asessor accessoires
 
Brand: L’Asessor
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Art No. STI/AN/VG3037
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains banned azocolourants. The scarf's blue colour releases 180 mg/kg of benzidine and 230 mg/kg of 3,3’-dimethoxybenzidine, which both exceed the limit of 30 mg/kg.
The product does not comply with the Chemical Restrictions Directive 76/769/EEC.
 

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

 
Description:  A white viscose scarf with printed blue flowers. Size: 170x67 cm.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Finland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2009 - 15

1 of 3 photos

2 of 3 photos

3 of 3 photos

Alert number: 0543/09       
Category:  Clothing, textiles and fashion items
 
Product:  Girl's dress
 
Brand: Jumbo
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Item No: 331929, bar code: 0 272060 000034
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Strangulation
 

The product poses a risk of strangulation due to the presence of cords with free ends in the neck area. The product does not comply with the relevant European standard EN 14682, according to which for children aged from birth to age 7 years “halter neck-style garments shall be constructed with no free ends in the hood and neck area”.
 

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Corrective actions ordered by the authorities.

 
Description:  Girl’s dress in grey and pink that can be tied around the neck with fabric cords. On the front of the dress there is embroidery depicting the letter 26 and the inscription: “ATHLETIC SPORT FOR GIRLS, Gym, Sporty”. On the inside, there is a sewn, textile label, with the inscription: “02 YEARS”. Additionally, there is a cardboard label attached to the dress with the inscription: “JUMBO, 02 YEARS” and information about the product, such as the address of the importer and the country of origin. Composition: 100% cotton. Sizes: 24 months, 04 and 06 years.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2009 - 15

1 of 4 photos

2 of 4 photos

3 of 4 photos

4 of 4 photos

Alert number: 0531/09       
Category:  Cosmetics
 
Product:  Fade cream - Skin Success Fade Cream
 
Brand: Palmer’s
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  G6032A MFG:02/06, EXP:02/09,
 
Batch number / Barcode:  010181075100
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains 1.7% hydroquinone.


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

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

 
Description:  Fadecream in a jar or tube placed in a cardboard box; labelled on packaging:Active ingredient: hydroquinone 2.0% .
Country of origin:  United States
Alert submitted by:  The Netherlands
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2009 - 15
Products were found and measures were taken also in:  Ireland

1 of 2 photos

2 of 2 photos

Alert number: 0537/09       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Water Heater
 
Brand: Aquahot
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Model: AQH EWH H80, 1200W electric water heater horizontal type
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 

The product poses a risk of injuries because in some units the bolts may come out of the brackets which secure the heater to the wall, causing the heater to fall.


Two incidents reported.


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

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

 
Description:  Horizontal, electric storage water heater with a capacity of 80 litres. Measurements: approximately 795 mm long and 445 mm diameter.
Country of origin:  Saudi Arabia
Alert submitted by:  Malta
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2009 - 15