Rapid Alert System - Weekly Report

Report 1 ( Published on: 06/01/2012)
Corrigendum
Notifications 0019/12, 0021/12 and 0022/12 from week 1 of 2012 have been permanently withdrawn from the RAPEX application and from the RAPEX website following a revised risk assessment

 
Weekly report Products with serious risks 

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Alert number: 0018/12       
Category:  Food-imitating products
 
Product:  Bar of soap "Sweet Bath Oil Bar"
 
Brand: Sabon
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  7290104224256
 
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 small divided portions) the product may be mistaken for a foodstuff. 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): Sales ban ordered by the authorities.

 
Description:  Cube-shaped bar of soap that has the form and the packaging of a real bar of white chocolate. The packaging has the inscription "chocolate" positioned near the picture of a bath.
Country of origin:  Israel
Alert submitted by:  Romania
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2012 - 1

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Alert number: 0006/12       
Category:  Lighting chains
 
Product:  Lighting chain
 
Brand: Les Comptoirs du Monde
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  0513NOE
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock, Fire
 
The product poses a risk of electric shock and fire because there is no effective cord anchorage to the bulbs and the conductors can be easily pulled out.


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

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Products seized by the authorities.

 
Description:  Lighting chain. Indoor use.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  France
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2012 - 1

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Alert number: 0008/12       
Category:  Lighting chains
 
Product:  Lighting chain
 
Brand: Les Comptoirs du Monde
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  0509NOE
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock, Fire
 
The product poses a risk of electric shock and fire because there is no cord anchorage at the transformer input and output and because the insulation is not sufficient.


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

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Products seized by the authorities.

 
Description:  Lighting chain. Indoor use.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  France
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2012 - 1

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Alert number: 0010/12       
Category:  Lighting chains
 
Product:  Lighting chain
 
Brand: Les Comptoirs du Monde
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  0653NOE Ice
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock, Fire
 
The product poses a risk of electric shock and fire because there is no cord anchorage at the transformer input and output.


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

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Products seized by the authorities.

 
Description:  Lighting chain. Indoor use.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  France
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2012 - 1

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Alert number: 0005/12       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Passenger car Leon and Altea
 
Brand: SEAT
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  2.0I TDI CR
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Fire
 
There is a possibility of a leak occurring in the high pressure pipe of the fuel injection system. In the worst case, the leaked fuel may eventually cause a fire.
 

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

 
Description:  Passenger car.
Country of origin:  Spain
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2012 - 1
Products were found and measures were taken also in:  Germany, The Netherlands, United Kingdom

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Alert number: 0026/12       
Category:  Motor vehicles
 
Product:  Passenger car V70, S80, XC60 and XC70
 
Brand: Volvo
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Chassis numbers: V70: 000347 - 106435 S80: 000856 - 106230 XC60: 000229 - 028507 XC70: 000329 - 065138 Note: not all vehicles in the above chassis ranges are affected.
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
The affected vehicles may experience a problem related to the auxiliary belt and tensioner. If the tensioner failed, there would be a sudden loss of power assisted steering and the possibility of a sudden loss of engine drive without prior warning.
 

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

 
Description:  Passenger car
Country of origin:  Sweden
Alert submitted by:  Ireland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2012 - 1
Products were found and measures were taken also in:  Bulgaria, Greece, Spain

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Alert number: 0002/12       
Category:  Other
 
Product:  Liquid for e-cigarettes 1. Turkish Tobacco Med 2. Strawberry Low
 
Brand: Esco Technology
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Unknown
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 
Because of its presentation (i.e. a label depicting fruits), the "Strawberry Low" sample is considered to be a harmful product that can be mistaken for a foodstuff. In the same way, since the "Turkish Tobacco Med" sample is to be stored in a household refrigerator along with food, it cannot be ruled out that it will be mistaken for a foodstuff and harm the health of consumers. Similarly, it cannot be stated with certainty that children will not ingest the product. The "Strawberry Low" sample had a nicotine yield of 9.3 g/kg. In the "Turkish Tobacco Med" sample, a nicotine yield of 4.8 g/kg was determined. In Opinion No 013/2008 of 5 January 2008, the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) determined that the ingestion of only around 5 mg of nicotine per kilogram of body weight can cause death. Under § 5(2)(2) LFGB, it is prohibited to manufacture for others, to process or to place on the market products that can be mistaken for food.
 

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

 
Description:  2 plastic dropper bottles with plastic screw caps and printed labels. The label of the "Strawberry Low" sample has a picture of fruits. Brown liquid. Contents of package: 10 ml.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Germany
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2012 - 1

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Alert number: 0004/12       
Category:  Other
 
Product:  Sky lantern "Flying Lanterns"
 
Brand: Sky Lanters
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Reference: 10343
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Burns, Injuries
 
The product poses a risk of burns and fire because, after launching, the lanterns fly in the air without control. It is then very difficult or impossible to avoid the lanterns coming into contact with flammable material, e.g. dry vegetation or buildings.
 

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

 
Description:  Square-shaped flying lanterns in a transparent plastic bag with information given in English.
Country of origin:  United Kingdom
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2012 - 1

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Alert number: 0012/12       
Category:  Other
 
Product:  Smoke detector "Détecteur de Fumée Photoélectrique"
 
Brand: Brennenstuhl
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Type BR 102 – Product reference No 129030 1 – GENCOD : 3281852903016 Batch No: 0747/21/09
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Asphyxiation, Burns
 
The product is not sufficiently sensitive. The failure to detect commonly occurring types of fire does not permit the user and others around them to take the measures necessary to avoid the risk of fire.


The product does not comply with the Construction Products Directive and the relevant European standard EN 14604.
 

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

 
Description:  Smoke detector
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  France
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2012 - 1
Products were found and measures were taken also in:  France, Austria

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Alert number: 0028/12       
Category:  Other
 
Product:  Ladder "Trappetårnsstige"
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  3728
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
The product poses a risk of injuries because it does not have sufficient strength.

The product does not comply with the relevant European standard EN 131.
 

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Recall from consumers ordered by the authorities.

 
Description:  Combination ladder that can be used as a full length ladder or as a step ladder.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Denmark
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2012 - 1

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Alert number: 0029/12       
Category:  Other
 
Product:  Ladder "Multistige"
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  6090
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
The product poses a risk of injuries because it does not have sufficient strength.

The product does not comply with the relevant European standard EN 131.
 

Measures ordered by public authorities (to: Other): Recall from consumers ordered by the authorities.

 
Description:  Combination ladder that can be used as a full length ladder, as a platform, or as a step ladder.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Denmark
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2012 - 1

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Alert number: 0003/12       
Category:  Childcare articles and children's equipment
 
Product:  Children's high chair "Antilop"
 
Brand: Ikea
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Supplier code 17389 only
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Injuries
 
The high chair buckle can open unexpectedly, creating a fall hazard.


Three incidents reported.
 

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

 
Description:  The affected product is ANTILOP children’s high chair with detachable legs. ANTILOP high chair is available in white, red and blue and in three variants depending on the market where sold. This recall for repair concerns the high chair belt supplied with the high chair only. Only production dates 0607-0911 (YYMM) from supplier # 17389 are included in this recall for repair of belt. Identifying marks: The brand name ANTILOP and IKEA and model number are printed on a label attached to the underside of the seat. The production date and supplier number (17389) are molded into the underside of the seat. No other model of ANTIOLP highchair is affected by this recall for repair of belt.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Sweden
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2012 - 1
Products were found and measures were taken also in:  Austria, Portugal

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Alert number: 0001/12       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Soft toy "Homer", "The Simpsons" collection
 
Brand: United Labels
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  REF 0803760 EAN 8 423 599 037 608
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 
The product poses a risk of choking because the seam is loose and allows access to the stuffing and to a bag of plastic balls. The bag itself cannot be completely removed via the seam. However, it releases the little plastic balls, which can be ingested or inhaled.


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

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

 
Description:  Soft toy in the shape of Homer, one of the characters from the series "The Simpsons".
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  France
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2012 - 1
Products were found and measures were taken also in:  Luxembourg, Latvia, Ireland

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Alert number: 0017/12       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Magnetic eggs "Rattlesnake Sound Egg"
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  item No. A11280
 
Batch number / Barcode:  0611888112800
 
Risk type:  Choking, Injuries
 
The product poses a risk of choking and internal injuries because the eggs are small parts that could be swallowed and have a magnetic flux index that is too high.


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

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

 
Description:  Plastic-coated cardboard packaging.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Lithuania
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2012 - 1

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Alert number: 0020/12       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Soft toy "Deco Reindeer Tree Decoration with Bells"
 
Brand: Kaemingk
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Model 666655. Bar code 8717427571090
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Choking
 
The product poses a risk of choking because the bells attached to the collar are easily removed and swallowed.


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

Measures taken by economic operators: Voluntary withdrawal from the market and destruction of the remaining stock. (By: Other)

 
Description:  Brown reindeer with bells on collar with label attached from ‘Deco’.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2012 - 1
Products were found and measures were taken also in:  Luxembourg, Spain

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Alert number: 0023/12       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Radio controlled car "Police 116"
 
Brand: WD Toys
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  JD-2168E
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock, Fire
 
The product poses a risk of fire and electric shock because the mains adaptor does not have adequate insulation. In addition, the pins of the mains adaptor are inadequately sized.


The product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive (LVD) and the relevant European standard EN 61558 and the relevant national standard.
 

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

 
Description:  Radio controlled 4 wheel drive police car. Blue body large wheels, police light, roof rack. Writing and stickers on the vehicle.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2012 - 1

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Alert number: 0024/12       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Remote control toy car "Drift"
 
Brand: Newqida
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  TY18(41E1)
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock, Fire
 
The mains adaptor has inadequately sized pins. As a result:


·         damage could occur to the socket with the risk of overheating or arcing within the socket;


·         the mechanical connections between the base and the cover of the mains adaptor suffer undue strain when inserted or removed from the socket.


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

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

 
Description:  black radio controlled toy sports car with yellow/red flames on body. Contained in a blister pack in a yellow cardboard box with name of product and pictures on it.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2012 - 1

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Alert number: 0025/12       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Remote controlled car "Lets go racer"
 
Brand: Unknown
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  566/27
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock, Fire
 
The mains adaptor poses a risk of fire and electric shock because its insulation resistance is not sufficient.


In addition, the pins of the mains adaptor are inadequately sized.


The product does not comply with the Low Voltage Directive (LVD) and the relevant European standard EN 61558 and the relevant national standard.
 

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

 
Description:  a young child's remote controlled racing car. Car is cartoon like with a face at the front and bleu with racing stripes. The box is yellow with pictures of the car.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  United Kingdom
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2012 - 1

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Alert number: 0027/12       
Category:  Toys
 
Product:  Remote controlled cars "Toy car"
 
Brand: 1) High-speed elephant 2) High-speed elephant
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  1) Item number MA-125869 in invoice 2) Item number MA-125870 in invoice
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Chemical
 
These products pose chemical risks because quantity of di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) exceeds the maximum permitted level 0,1 % (1) Plastic material in the tyres contains 22 % by mass of DEHP; 2) Plastic material in the tyres contains 30 % by mass of DEHP).

According to the REACH Regulation, phthalates DEHP, DBP and BBP are prohibited in all toys and childcare articles, while phthalates DINP, DIDP and DNOP are prohibited when the toy or childcare article can be placed in the mouth by children.
 

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

 
Description:  1) A white battery operated, remote control car with big plastic tyres. Packed in a white cardboard box with transparent window with the text “Eddy Drifting car, Scale 1:18”. 2) A yellow battery operated, remote control car with big plastic tyres. Packed in a white cardboard box with transparent window with the text “Stunt Rolling car, Scale 1:20”.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Finland
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2012 - 1

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Alert number: 0007/12       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Travel plug adaptor "Travel Universal Adaptor"
 
Brand: Mosto
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  8436034389545
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 
The product poses a risk of electric shock because:

·         The pins of the plug are accessible when the plug is partly inserted in the socket.

·         Live parts of the adapter protected by shutters are accessible without a plug being inserted.

The product does not comply with the relevant national standard UNE 20315.
 

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

 
Description:  White travel plug adapter. It is packed in a cardboard box.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2012 - 1

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Alert number: 0009/12       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Hair dryer
 
Brand: Nishica
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  ref. 4-02-0032 NK-4203 8431826022150
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 
The product poses a risk of electric shock because live parts are accessible and the cross-sectional area of the conductors in the flexible power cable is less than required.

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): Withdrawal from the market ordered by the authorities.

 
Description:  Hair dryer packed in a cardboard box.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2012 - 1

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Alert number: 0011/12       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Electric massager "Infrared Massager"
 
Brand: Luxe Literie
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  LDM-0537A
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 
The product poses a risk of electric shock because:

·         the shape and decoration may make it likely to be treated as a toy by children;

·         the insulation is not sufficient because the creepage distances between live parts with different polarities are less than required.

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): Products seized by the authorities.

 
Description:  Electric massager in the form of a dolphin.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  France
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2012 - 1

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Alert number: 0014/12       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Electric fan "Ventilateur sur Pied"
 
Brand: Tous les Jours (TLJ)
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  FD-40J
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Cuts
 
The fan is unstable and overturns at an inclination of 10°. It may cause cuts if it overturns while in operation.

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): Products seized by the authorities.

 
Description:  50W floor-standing fan.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  France
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2012 - 1

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Alert number: 0015/12       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Fan heater "Mini Ventilateur Chaud/Froid"
 
Brand: DomoClip
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  FH-90A: DOM169
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 
The product poses a risk of electric shock because the plastic cover may break leaving live components of the heating elements accessible.

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): Products seized by the authorities.

 
Description:  Fan heater.
Country of origin:  China
Alert submitted by:  France
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2012 - 1

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Alert number: 0016/12       
Category:  Electrical appliances and equipment
 
Product:  Travel plug adaptor "Adaptador Universal de Viaje"
 
Brand: F-Line
 
Name: Unknown
 
Type / number of model:  Reference 50412, Barcode 8414834504122
 
Batch number / Barcode: Unknown
 
Risk type:  Electric shock
 
The product poses a risk of electric shock because it is possible to insert a Class I plug in a socket intended exclusively to take plugs for Class II appliances (that do not have an earth wire).

The product does not comply with the relevant national standard UNE 20315.
 

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

 
Description:  Black travel adapter in a blister pack.
Country of origin:  Unknown
Alert submitted by:  Spain
Type of alert: Serious
 
Year - Week:  2012 - 1
Products were found and measures were taken also in:  Spain