Rapid Alert System - Weekly Report

Report 35 ( Published on: 11/09/2009)

 
Weekly report Products with serious risks 

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Alert number: 1228/09       
Category:  Food-imitating products
 
Product:  Candles
 
Brand: I Love You
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  10KAMA10-12-8, Bar Code: 7000073904734
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 

The product poses a risk of choking because the form and appearance of the product is such that it is likely that children will confuse it with a foodstuff and consequently place the product in the mouth.


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

 
Description:  The package contains whole coffee beans and 4 candles in the form of sweets.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Hungary
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2009 - 35

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Alert number: 1234/09       
Category:  Furniture
 
Product:  Two-step stool with storage space
 
Brand: Plast Team
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Article No: 2081
 
Batch number / Barcode:  5706773208104, ITM code: 54546627
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 

The product poses a risk of injuries because the user can fall because the steps:

- are of an inappropriate size,

- can easily break.


The product does not comply with the relevant European standard EN 14183.
 

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

 
Description:  Stool with storage space made from thermo-moulded plastic (various colours).
Country of origin:  Poland
Alert submitted by:  France
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2009 - 35
Products were found and measures were taken also in:  Poland

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Alert number: 1220/09       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Passenger car - Berlingo III
 
Brand: CITROEN
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Type 7*****, EC type approval e2*2001/116*0366*
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
The product poses a risk of injuries because the heat shield mounting for the spare wheel cage may be damaged by vibrations when the vehicle is used over a long period. As a result, part of the shield may become detached and fall on to the road, leading to an accident.
 

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

 
Description:  The vehicles concerned were built in 2007-2008. The VINs lie in the range between 67000039 and 9J000702.
Country of origin:  France
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2009 - 35
Products were found and measures were taken also in:  Greece, Denmark, The Netherlands, Malta, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Sweden, Portugal

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Alert number: 1224/09       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Vehicle starting aid - 3 in 1 Quick Start
 
Brand: Rolson
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Model number 42959. Bar Code 5029594429597.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 

The product poses a risk of injuries because of the gross inaccuracy of the pressure gauge (errors recorded in excess of 50%) resulting in the incorrect inflation of vehicle tyres, which may cause a vehicle accident.
 

Measures taken by economic operators: Voluntary stop of sales and recall from consumers. (By: Other)

 
Description:  Vehicle starting aid with light, compressor and pressure gauge.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2009 - 35

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Alert number: 1223/09       
Category:  Childcare articles and children's equipment
 
Product:  Children’s cutlery sets - Miniamo Children’s Melamine Cutlery Sets
 
Brand: Miniamo
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  The product codes, product descriptions and retail barcodes are as follows: CIR2896 – Cupcakes 3 Piece Cutlery Set, Barcode 9339596 007904. CIR2908 – Pastels Set of 4 Forks, Barcode 9339596 010256. CIR2907 – Pastels Set of 4 Knives, Barcode 9339596 018818. CIR2909 – Pastels Set of 4 Spoons, Barcode 9339596 010263. CIR3151 – Stars 3 Piece Cutlery Set, Barcode 9339596 008390. CIR2881 – Brights Set of 4 Forks, Barcode 9339596 008154. CIR2880 – Brights Set of 4 Knives, Barcode 9339596 018641. CIR2882 – Brights Set of 4 Spoons, Barcode 9339596 008147.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 
The products pose a risk of choking because the knives and forks may easily fracture and the forks' prongs may become detached.



The products do not comply with the standard BS EN 14372.

 

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

 
Description:  All eight products are packaged in semi-translucent plastic packaging each with prominent Miniamo branding on the front. The range comprises of two (Pastels and Brights) four-piece coloured knife, fork and spoon sets and two patterned (Cupcakes and Stars) three-piece cutlery sets each containing a knife, fork and spoon.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2009 - 35
Products were found and measures were taken also in:  Ireland, Spain

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Alert number: 1226/09       
Category:  Childcare articles and children's equipment
 
Product:  Soother holder - Tuttiketju/Nappkedjan
 
Brand: Pikku Piia
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Art no. 160261/160258/160259 in invoice
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Strangulation
 

The products pose a risk of strangulation because the lengths of the soother holders are 240 mm ± 5 mm, which exceeds the maximum allowed length of 220 mm.


The products do not comply with the relevant European standard EN 12586.
 

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

 
Description:  Three different shaped soother holders with chains. First one with white chain and sheep-shaped soother holder. Second one with yellow chain and a ladybird-shaped soother holder. Third one with green chain and butterfly-shaped soother holder.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Finland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2009 - 35

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Alert number: 1233/09       
Category:  Childcare articles and children's equipment
 
Product:  Swim seat
 
Brand: Baby Ozean
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  1. Swim seat with yellow steering wheel, EAN 8012874031068 2. Baby Ozean, Article No 3165, EAN 8012874031655
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Drowning
 
The product poses a risk of drowning because children may capsize in the seat and their head may go under water. Since their legs may get stuck in the openings, it is not possible for children to right themselves on their own.
The product also does not comply with the relevant European standard EN 13138 according to which swim seats must not give the impression that they are toys, and must not have a colourful and decorative appearance.
 

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

 
Description:  Children's inflatable swim seats with yellow steering wheel, in bright colours, resembling toys.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Austria
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2009 - 35
Products were found and measures were taken also in:  Norway, Denmark

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Alert number: 1221/09       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Cap gun - Ramrod
 
Brand: Lone Star
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Art. No. 0424; EAN-Code 4000908004243
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Damage to hearing
 

The product poses a risk of damage to hearing because it produces a C-weighted peak emission sound pressure LpCpeak of 132 dB that significantly exceeds the maximum permitted level of 125 dB.


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:  Brown toy revolver (metal/plastic) for percussion caps, using recommended Wicke "EURO CAPS".
Country of origin:  Germany
Alert submitted by:  Austria
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2009 - 35

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Alert number: 1222/09       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Key ring with soft toy (tiger)
 
Brand: LOGITOYS
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  00.570.041
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 

The product poses a risk of choking due to the presence of small parts, which can be detached with a force of less than 90 N (eyes under a force of less than 10 N). The small parts, which fit into the small parts cylinder, can be ingested or inhaled by small children.


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.  (By: Other)

 
Description:  Stuffed soft toy representing a tiger made of dark brown, light brown, black and off-white fabric. The tiger is stuffed with granules. The eyes are made of black plastic and the mouth is in brown thread. It holds a pink cloth heart and wears a pink leatherette bag with a bear's head picked out in brown thread stitching. The toy has a textile label and a metal ring and chain.
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  France
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2009 - 35

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Alert number: 1230/09       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Felt-tip pens - Water Color Pens, 18-piece set
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  EAN-Code: 8711197295460, Art, No: C.38167
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 
The product poses a chemical risk because the benzene content (from 26 to 110 mg/kg) exceeds the maximum limit of 5 mg/kg allowed in toys.



The product does not comply with REACH regulation.
 

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

 
Description:  18 fine felt-tip pens with coloured bodies and ventilated caps in a colourless transparent plastic case.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2009 - 35
Products were found and measures were taken also in:  The Netherlands, Belgium

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Alert number: 1231/09       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Expanding toys – Growing snake
 
Brand: Magic Aqua Grow
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Bar Code: 5 291040 009862
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 

This product poses a risk of choking because parts of the toy which fit entirely into the small parts cylinder can grow in size by more than 50% after being placed in water. If a child swallows parts, contact with the saliva or gastric juices will cause the toy to grow in size, which may cause asphyxia.


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:  Expanding toys made from hard, spongy and expanding polymeric material in the form of yellow – green snake. The packaging is marked with the following: For ages 3 and up - Aqua Grow. They grow – grow – grow. Grows 600%. Do not swallow. Warning choking hazard – small parts. Not for children under 3 years – Made in China.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Cyprus
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2009 - 35

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Alert number: 1225/09       
Category:  Clothing, textiles and fashion items
 
Product:  Scarf
 
Brand: Global Accessories
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Art. No. 6876 in invoice, bar code: 0202003794409
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

The product poses a chemical risk because it contains banned azocolourants. The dark blue colour releases 460 mg/kg of benzidine and 190 mg/kg of 3.3’-dimethoxybenzidine which exceeds the limit 30 mg/kg.


The product does not comply with the REACH Regulation.
 

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

 
Description:  100% viscose scarf. Size 50 x 180 cm and fringes. Red, dark blue and violet lines and patterns.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Finland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2009 - 35

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Alert number: 1227/09       
Category:  Clothing, textiles and fashion items
 
Product:  Children's clothing
 
Brand: Earlybirds
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  1. Wrap-around t-shirt (7C58W in invoice), 2. Bodysuit (7C46W in invoice), 3. Jumpsuit (7C47W in invoice)
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries, Strangulation
 
1. The product poses a risk of injuries due to the presence of 190 mm long functional cords in the waist area (maximum allowed: 140 mm).

2. The product poses a risk of strangulation due to the presence of functional cords in the neck area.

3. The product poses a risk of injuries due to the presence of 180 mm long functional cords in the waist area (maximum allowed: 140 mm).


The products do not comply with the relevant European standard EN 14682.

 

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

 
Description:  1. 100% cotton wrap-around t-shirt for babies. Various colours (pink/blue/ivory). 2. 100% cotton body for babies. Various colours (pink/blue/ivory). 3. 100% cotton jumpsuit for babies. Various colours (pink/blue/ivory).
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Finland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2009 - 35

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Alert number: 1218/09       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Ultrasonic humidifier - Steamy
 
Brand: Lanaform
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  79500
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock, Injuries
 
The product poses a risk of electric shock and injuries for children because the enclosure is shaped and decorated in such a way that the product is likely to be treated as a toy by children.


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

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

 
Description:  Ultrasonic humidifier. The packaging is green, yellow and white and shows a picture of the product.
Country of origin:  Belgium
Alert submitted by:  Cyprus
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2009 - 35

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Alert number: 1219/09       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Travel charger - TFI Mini Travel Charger Electronic
 
Brand: TF1
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  1. TF1, TC-02FR, 2. NRG-60, TC-02TF, 3. without marking
 
Batch number / Barcode:  5906961987365
 
Risk type:  Electric shock, Fire
 
The product poses a risk of fire and electric shock because:


- products 2 and 3 do not pass the humidity resistance, insulation strength and voltage tests,


- the products do not comply with the requirements for the construction of the transformer,


- lack of double and reinforced insulation. Creepage distances of basic, supplementary, reinforced and functional insulations did not meet the required values,
- the dimensions of pins are not compatible with the dimensions of the socket-outlets,


- the cover close to the plug does not comply with the requirements for heat resistance.



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

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

 
Description:  on the pack, the mark is: TF1 Travel charger made from black plastic material. Packed in a green cardboard box with marking TF1, Mini Travel Charger Electronic. This box may contain one of three products with different markings: 1. TF1, TC-02FR, INPUT: 100-240V – 50/60Hz, OUTPUT: DC5-10V Max 800mA, 2. NRG-60, TC-02TF, INPUT: 100-240V-50/60Hz, OUTPUT: DC 5-10V Max 600mA, 3. without marking
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Slovakia
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2009 - 35

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Alert number: 1229/09       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Portable gasoline generator
 
Brand: Kraftwelle
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  OHV KW 6500
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock, Fire
 
The product poses a risk of :


1. electric shock, because:

- the live components of the electrical conductors are easily accessible,

- the electrical conductors are not sufficiently insulated,


- the circuit breaker installed is not suitable for this generator;


2. fire, because when the generator is switched off to be refuelled after operation, the exhaust temperature is still higher than 230°C. Given the ignition temperature of petrol (200-300°C), there is a potential danger of ignition and skin burns.



The product does not comply with the Machinery Directive (98/37/EC), the Low Voltage Directive (LVD) and the relevant European standards EN 12601 and EN 60204.
 

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

 
Description:  Generator Standard Set Q/FMH001-1996 Red generator contained in a black carry frame, with three 230 V sockets and one red 400 V socket.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2009 - 35
Products were found and measures were taken also in:  The Netherlands

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Alert number: 1232/09       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Carbon monoxide alarm
 
Brand: Power Plus
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  BWK034C / Ref 6167
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 

The product poses a chemical risk due to its failure to detect carbon monoxide gas at concentrations of 55 ppm, 110 ppm and 330 ppm.


The product does not comply with the standard BS EN 50291.



 

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

 
Description:  Battery-powered carbon monoxide alarm for domestic use. Approximately 11 cm in diameter. It is sold with blue and yellow packaging.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2009 - 35
Products were found and measures were taken also in:  Ireland

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Alert number: 1235/09       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Charger for batteries - Super Quick Charger
 
Brand: i-Tec
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  BATA 099, EAN code: 8594047312896
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Burns, Fire, Injuries
 
The product poses a risk of burns, fire and injuries because:


- its construction does not comply with the safety requirements for electronic circuits and it can overheat and explode during charging,


- the cover close to the plug is not sufficiently heat resistant.



One incident of the product exploding has been reported.
This product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive (LVD) and the relevant European standard EN 60335.
 

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

 
Description:  Automatic pulse quick charger of batteries with LCD display for monitoring the charging and status of batteries. Packaging comprises also a set for connection in car, a set for connection of USB, 4 pieces of batteries AA 2500mAh. Packed in a blister with marking - One Hour Charging Time, Super Quick Charger, Longer usage life, BATA 099, i-tec, user instructions in four languages.
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Slovakia
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2009 - 35
Products were found and measures were taken also in:  The Netherlands