Rapid Alert System - Weekly Report

Report 10 ( Published on: 11/03/2011)

 
Weekly report Products with serious risks 

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Alert number: 0214/11       
Category:  Food-imitating products
 
Product:  Decorative branch with berries
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Bar code 5706207670217
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 
The product poses a risk of chocking, because this decorative arrangement, in the form of a wreath to be placed on a table, includes imitation red berries that may be easily detached and mistaken for real fruit.

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 and sales ban. (By: Other)

 
Description:  Decorative branch with leaves and berries of varying sizes in the colours light red and dark red.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  France
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2011 - 10
Products were found and measures were taken also in:  Austria

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Alert number: 0226/11       
Category:  Gas appliances and components
 
Product:  Gas barbecue
 
Brand: Landman-Peiga
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  12372; EAN 4000810123728
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Fire
 
The product poses a risk of fire because the ignition and cross lighting do not occur smoothly and there are sections on the burner where there is no flame and unburned gas leaks out on to the ground. Accumulated unburned gas on the ground could catch fire or explode leading to injuries of the user of the appliance.

The product does not comply with the Gas Appliances Directive and the relevant European standard EN 498.
 

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

 
Description:  Gas barbecue, gas supply pressure 30 mbar. Appliance is for outdoor use only.
Country of origin:  Hungary
Alert submitted by:  Slovenia
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2011 - 10
Products were found and measures were taken also in:  Bulgaria

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Alert number: 0220/11       
Category:  Hobby/sports equipment
 
Product:  Laser sight for air gun "Ensemble Compact, Lampe & Laser"
 
Brand: Swiss Arms
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Ref.: 263859
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Damage to sight
 
The product poses a risk of damage to sight because:


- it incorporates a class 3R laser,


- it does not have the required indications and warnings for a laser device of this class.


The product does not comply with the relevant European standard EN 60825.
 

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

 
Description:  Optical aiming device, incorporating a lamp and a laser pointer, to be attached to a replica gun, operating on two 3V batteries.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  France
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2011 - 10
Products were found and measures were taken also in:  Ireland, Slovenia, Denmark, Belgium

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Alert number: 0225/11       
Category:  Kitchen/cooking accessories
 
Product:  Vegetable cutter
 
Brand: Kaufland
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Type: EAN 4300175834667
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
The product poses a risk of injuries because the small blades on the interchangeable inserts can easily come off and could go into the food being prepared and might consequently be inadvertently swallowed.
 

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

 
Description:  The vegetable cutter is black coloured and has three interchangeable inserts.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Romania
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2011 - 10
Products were found and measures were taken also in:  Bulgaria

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Alert number: 0218/11       
Category:  Lighting equipment
 
Product:  Rechargeable emergency light "Rechargeable High-bright and Saving-energy Automatic Emergency Lamp"
 
Brand: Yuqiang
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  YQ-198
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 
The product poses a risk of electric shock because the façade can easily come off the body exposing live parts that could be touched.

The product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive.
 

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

 
Description:  Rechargeable light with a white body, incorporating LED's. Supplied with a cable to connect to the mains.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Malta
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2011 - 10

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Alert number: 0207/11       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Passenger car Grand C-Max
 
Brand: FORD
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Passengers’ cars, model Grand C-Max (Recall Ref: 1U365)
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
The product poses a risk of injuries because it is possible that the seat latch mechanism can be damaged if the seat back is repeatedly slammed to a folded position. If significant damage has occurred there is a possibility that the seat can be forced to a reclined position without lifting the release lever.
 

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

 
Description:  The recall concerns vehicles produced in Valencia (Spain) between 01.03.2010 and 14.01.2011.
Country of origin:  Spain
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2011 - 10
Products were found and measures were taken also in:  Ireland, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Sweden, Poland, The Netherlands

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Alert number: 0216/11       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Passenger car RX
 
Brand: Lexus
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  RX300, RX330, RX350 and RX400h. Years: 2003 – 2006; left hand drive models. VIN range of affected vehicles is <a href="http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/images/rapex/2011-w10/2011-w10_10-vins.pdf">attached</a>.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
The product poses a risk of injuries because on the affected vehicles, if the forward retention clip, used to secure the floor carpet cover located in front of the centre console, is not installed properly, the cover may lean sideways and interfere with the accelerator pedal. If this occurs, the accelerator pedal may temporarily become stuck in a partially depressed position when returning to the idle position.
 

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

 
Description:  Passenger car
Country of origin:  Japan
Alert submitted by:  Portugal
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2011 - 10
Products were found and measures were taken also in:  Bulgaria, Germany, Iceland, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Ireland, Hungary, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands

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Alert number: 0217/11       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Snowmobiles
 
Brand: Arctic Cat
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Arctic Cat model Z1, TZ1, F, Bearcat, M and CF. Model year 2010
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
The product poses a risk of injuries because the front lower suspension arm can crack during use which could lead to loss of control.
 

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

 
Description:  Arctic Cat snowmobiles in variations of colour and model features. The model name is indicated on the side of vehicle, in the registration materials and owner’s manual.
Country of origin:  United States
Alert submitted by:  Sweden
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2011 - 10
Products were found and measures were taken also in:  Finland, Slovenia

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Alert number: 0223/11       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Passenger car Corsa D
 
Brand: Opel
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  The recall concerns 2011 and 2012 model year Corsa D vehicles, with VINs from B 4 185570 to C 4 000027.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
The passenger airbag cover may become loose or detached from the instrument panel if the airbag is deployed.
 

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

 
Description:  Passenger car
Country of origin:  Spain
Alert submitted by:  Greece
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2011 - 10
Products were found and measures were taken also in:  Germany, Denmark, Hungary, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Spain, The Netherlands, Portugal

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Alert number: 0228/11       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Passenger car "Defender"
 
Brand: Land Rover
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  P022, models manufactured between 2007 and 2011.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
The product poses a risk of injuries because the parking brake may not hold the vehicle stationary on a gradient as a result of oil contamination from the transfer box to the brake shoes.
 

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

 
Description:  Passenger car
Country of origin:  United Kingdom
Alert submitted by:  Ireland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2011 - 10
Products were found and measures were taken also in:  Greece, Denmark, Slovenia, Spain, Bulgaria, Malta, Austria, Lithuania, Sweden, United Kingdom, Portugal, The Netherlands

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Alert number: 0211/11       
Category:  Other
 
Product:  Silly string Maxi Stelle Filanti
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Barcode 8027451300796
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Fire
 
The product poses a risk of fire because the product is extremely flammable and it should not be marketed as a toy.
 

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

 
Description:  Red 120ml spray can of silly string with a blue cap, writing in various colours and a picture of a child with silly string. The can bears the CE logo and the pictogram denoting a product unsuitable for children under three, indicating that this article is being sold as a toy. Warnings and instructions also appear on the spray can. The following dates are printed on the bottom of the spray can: 2008.09.15- 2010. 09.15. The labelling on the spray can does not make any reference to flammability.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Italy
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2011 - 10

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Alert number: 0221/11       
Category:  Other
 
Product:  Electronic cigarette kit "Lit Smokes"
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode:  4 607014 056847
 
Risk type:  Electric shock, Health risk / other
 
The product poses a risk of electric shock because the travel adaptor supplied does not have correctly sized pins, does not have a fuse fitted, and is not fitted with shutters to screen the socket contacts.


In addition, the product poses a health risk: specifically the risk of consumers and particularly children having skin contact or swallowing nicotine soaked cartridges. The declarations on the product claim that the nicotine content is ‘Super High’, but risk phrases and tactile warnings are absent. In addition to this, the product does not bear any specific warnings about the dangers posed to users, maximum dosage, or any information about the potential danger to children from using the product.


The product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive and the relevant national standard BS 1363.
 

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Seizure of the product ordered by the authorities.

 
Description:  Electronic cigarette kit comprised: a charging box, which also serves to store the atomizer, battery and nicotine capsules; a USB cord set, which enables the battery to be linked to a USB outlet for recharging; and a US to UK travel adaptor. The charging box has retractable pins for direct mounting onto socket outlet.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2011 - 10
Products were found and measures were taken also in:  United Kingdom

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Alert number: 0224/11       
Category:  Other
 
Product:  Electronic cigarette kit E-Health Cigarette
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Not known
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock, Health risk / other
 
The travel adaptor supplied with the product poses a risk of electric shock because:


- the internal insulation between the input and output circuits is not sufficient;


- the internal connections rely upon solder to maintain their position;


- the pins are inadequately sized.


In addition, the product poses a health risk: specifically the risk of consumers and particularly children having skin contact or swallowing nicotine soaked cartridges. The declarations on the product claim that the nicotine content is ‘Super High’, but risk phrases and tactile warnings are absent. In addition to this, the product does not bear any specific warnings about the dangers posed to users, maximum dosage, or any information about the potential danger to children from using the product.


The product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive and the relevant European standard EN 60950 and the relevant national standard BS 1363.
 

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Seizure of the product ordered by the authorities.

 
Description:  Electronic cigarette kit comprising: a battery and atomiser in the form of a cigarette, two USB cords sets, which enables the battery to be linked to a USB outlet for recharging; a 12 V car plug with USB outlet, which enables the battery to be charged from a power socket in a vehicle; and an AC/DC adaptor with a USB output, which enables the battery to be recharged from a mains supply.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2011 - 10
Products were found and measures were taken also in:  Portugal, Czech Republic, Italy

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Alert number: 0208/11       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Expanding toys a) Expanding toy "Badespaß auf dem Bauernhof" "Instant Farm" b) Expanding toy "Badespaß mit Insekten" "Instant Insects" Badespaß mit Meerestieren "Instant Sealife"
 
Brand: Instant Products
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  a) GTIN (EAN) Nos 0508570011186 and 050857001125 b) GTIN (EAN) Nos 0508570011254 and 050857001115
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
The products pose a risk of injuries because the small capsules can be taken out of the packaging and swallowed by children. As they expand, they can cause fatal occlusion of the digestive system of small children.
 

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

 
Description:  Sponges (in figure shapes) pressed into gelatinous capsules, each in a transparent outer package with three holes. According to the packaging, the entire product should be immersed in warm water until the figures have expanded fully (the gelatinous capsules dissolve). It is also stated that the product should be used only under the supervision of an adult.
Country of origin:  United States
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2011 - 10

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Alert number: 0210/11       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Lollipop with gadget
 
Brand: Two to One
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Bar code: 8 410576 008744 Batch code: L200-216 BBD: 08-2012
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 
The product poses a risk of choking because the stopper on the base and key ring can be easily detached and swallowed.

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

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

 
Description:  Lollipop with a base terminating in a detachable stopper and containing a gadget (key ring).
Country of origin:  Spain
Alert submitted by:  France
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2011 - 10

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Alert number: 0215/11       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Toy laser gun
 
Brand: Combat Force
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Serial No: QX138-1; Type: illegible (Chinese)
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Damage to sight
 
The product poses a risk of damage to sight (burning of the cornea) because it incorporates a Class 3 laser (output power 4,5 mW).

The product does not comply with the Toys Directive.
 

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

 
Description:  Laser gun toy in black/brown plastic, AA battery-powered. Cardboard packaging: 42 x 23 cm.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2011 - 10

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Alert number: 0229/11       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Set of toy cars "Super Car"
 
Brand: Jiamingda
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Item number 8810A
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 
The product poses a chemical risk due to migration of barium from the toy over 1000mg/kg

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:  12 different coloured cars – pull back and go. Blister pack over cardboard backing
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2011 - 10

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Alert number: 0219/11       
Category:  Clothing, textiles and fashion items
 
Product:  Knitted jacket
 
Brand: NECK & NECK
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Model 10I11504 (size 12 months, 68-76 cm)
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Strangulation
 
The product poses a risk of strangulation because it has functional cords with pompoms at the end to close the garment at the neck.

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

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

 
Description:  The product in question is a brown jacket with pompoms. It has a cardboard label indicating on one side: NECK&NECK. Junior&Baby. On the other side, the label includes the indication: 10I11504. SIZE: 12 M. COLOUR: 56. There is also a label sewn to the garment indicating, among other things: "NECK&NECK. T-12M. 68-76CM".
Country of origin:  Bangladesh
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2011 - 10

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Alert number: 0209/11       
Category:  Cosmetics
 
Product:  Fitness gel Pflege & Fitnessgel - Aloe Vera
 
Brand: Regina
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  EAN-Code: 4068400011251 / Production date: 03/09-02, best-before date: 09/11 (Art No 1125).
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Microbiological
 
The product poses a microbiological risk because it contains Burkholderia cepacia. Aerobic colony count (CFU/g): 4.1-5.2 x 105.


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

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

 
Description:  White, plastic, screw-top container with a green label, containing homogeneous gel.
Country of origin:  Turkey
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2011 - 10
Products were found and measures were taken also in:  Austria, Estonia, Slovenia

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Alert number: 0212/11       
Category:  Cosmetics
 
Product:  Skin lightening cream
 
Brand: VIT’FEE
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Batch No CVF D23 NAFDAC 02 5651
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 
The product poses a chemical risk because it contains 5.8% of hydroquinone, which can pose a threat to health if applied to a large area over a long period of time. 

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

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Seizure of the product ordered by the authorities.

 
Description:  White plastic jar with pink stopper - 500 ml
Country of origin:  Ivory Coast
Alert submitted by:  France
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2011 - 10

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Alert number: 0213/11       
Category:  Cosmetics
 
Product:  Skin-lightening lotion
 
Brand: VIT’FEE
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Batch No LVF E25
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 
The product poses a chemical risk because it contains 5.6 % of hydroquinone, which can pose a threat to health if applied to a large area over a long period of time. 

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

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Seizure of the product ordered by the authorities.

 
Description:  White plastic bottle with pink stopper - 500 ml.
Country of origin:  Ivory Coast
Alert submitted by:  France
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2011 - 10
Products were found and measures were taken also in:  Portugal

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Alert number: 0222/11       
Category:  Cosmetics
 
Product:  Nail polish "Esmalte Dote Cremoso; - Esmalte Dote Cintilante; - Esmalte Dote Glitter; - Esmalte Dote Fortalecedor; - Esmalte Dote Incolor; e - Esmalte Dote Transparente"
 
Brand: Dote.
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  All batches.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 
The products pose a chemical risk because they contain the ingredient Dibutyl phthalate, as declared on the label, the use of which is prohibited in cosmetics and personal hygiene products.

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

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Stop of sales and withdrawal from the market ordered by the authorities.

 
Description:  Nail polishes of different colours; Volume 8 ml.
Country of origin:  Brazil
Alert submitted by:  Portugal
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2011 - 10

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Alert number: 0227/11       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Socket adaptor "Przejsciowka Polsko-angielska"
 
Brand: Bemko
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  DFA-7, EAN: 5908311362037
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 
The product poses a risk of electric shock because it is possible to insert only one pin of a plug into the adaptor socket, leaving the other pin accessible.

The product does not comply with the relevant standard EN 60884.
 

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

 
Description:  White socket adapter, packed in plastic bag.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Poland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2011 - 10
Products were found and measures were taken also in:  Hungary