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Motor vehicles triggered most UK safety alerts in 2017
The European Commission 2017 report on the Rapid Alert System for dangerous products shows that in 2017 motor vehicles triggered the highest number of safety alerts in the UK. Electrical goods were the other category that generated a big number of alerts. This EU database ensures information is quickly shared between consumer protection authorities and enables swift and coordinated action to remove any dangerous product from the EU market.
Across the EU, more than 2,000 dangerous products sparked safety concerns, which prompted nearly 4,000 follow-up actions, such as the withdrawal of products from the market. Toys represented the greatest number of notifications (29%), followed by motor vehicles (20%). Risk of injuries accounted for some 28% of alerts.
Many of the dangerous products notified in the Rapid Alert System are also sold on online platforms or marketplaces. To address this, the Commission issued a recommendation on 1 March 2018 with a set of operational measures for online platforms and member states.
China remains the number one country of origin in the alert system.
To further improve enforcement, the Commission will unveil its 'New Deal for Consumers' in April 2018, which aims to modernise the existing rules and improve consumer protection.
Věra Jourová, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality said: "European consumer rules guarantee that only safe products are sold in the EU. If this is not the case, the Rapid Alert System supports authorities to react quickly and remove any products that might cause injuries. Thanks to this system, we are keeping our children safe and preventing fatal accidents on our roads. This is a good example of how to efficiently enforce EU consumer rules. Unfortunately, in many other areas we need to improve enforcement and make sure consumers can benefit from their rights. This is what our upcoming 'New Deal for Consumers' is all about.”
Since 2003, the Rapid Alert System ensures information about dangerous non-food products withdrawn from the market and/or recalled anywhere in Europe is quickly circulated between member states and the European Commission. This enables follow-up actions, such as a sales ban, product recall or import rejection by customs authorities, which can be taken across the EU.
Thirty-one countries (the EU member states plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) currently participate in the system.
The Rapid Alert System's website provides access to weekly updates about alerts submitted by the national authorities participating in the system.
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