Weekly overview report of RAPEX notifications

Week 6 - 2004

No. Notifying Member States Product
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Danger Measures adopted by
notifying country
01 Spain Household electrical appliance. Popcorn machine. Brand: Palson. Model: DCP 303. Electric shock: the power cable is connected to the appliance by a weld, with no other fastening; if the weld fails, there is a risk of electric shock.
Overheating: in tests, the appliance becomes deformed (the plastic material eventually melts) and small amounts of gas are released.
Withdrawal from the market ordered by the authorities.
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02 Austria Toy. Soft studded ball made of colourless and transparent plastic, containing several white plastic caterpillars and a red adhesive fluid. Possible skin infection in the event of skin contact with the inside of the ball, or ingestion into lung and stomach/digestive tract. As the ball is soft and pliable the studs can easily be bitten off. Risk that children of pre-school or primary school age, given their natural curiosity, might use a tool (e.g. scissors) to investigate the contents. The plastic caterpillars and red fluid inside the ball show serious microbiological contamination. Confiscation of products still in circulation ordered by the authorities.
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03 Portugal Various lighters in different forms. Risk of burns as the lighters are imitations of objects likely to be attractive to young children. The toy-like nature of some of the products is reinforced by the sound and/or lighting effects produced. The flame is produced quite differently from a normal lighter and the absence of any labelling or instructions could lead to unintentional operation. Withdrawal from the market ordered by the authorities.
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