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The Malta Competition and
Consumer Affairs Authority has been notified of a number of products which pose
a serious risk to consumers. The below details refer: Should your company
retail, import or distribute the product in question, you are requested to
notify GRTU without delays, so necessary action is taken as soon as possible.
If you are aware of any person or company who is retailing, importing or
distributing this product, kindly notify the undersigned so as to contact such
person or company.
May we remind you of the
obligations under the General Product Safety Act that manufacturers/ importers/
distributors of products on the market in Malta are required to report any
incidents occurring and involving products they represent.
1: Batch number/Barcode: 6296681902885. 5, 8 and 12-note
xylophones. One is mounted on a truck. Packaging: a cardboard box marked
Details: Choking and Strangulation. The products pose the risk
of choking because they generate small parts which may
easily be swallowed by a child.
The cord on the toy xylophone-truck is too long and may therefore pose a risk
of strangulation. The product does not comply with the Toys Directive and with
the relevant European standard EN 71-1.
2: Batch number/Barcode: 9789081897105, ISBN
978-90-818971-0-5. Black book with 216 magnetic, metal spheres on the front and
a split card. The black package contains the name in red: "How to…?" and
bears the age warning for children under 3 years.
Details: Choking and Injuries. The product poses a risk of
choking because small parts can easily be swallowed by children. In addition,
the product poses a risk of injuries (intestinal blockage) because the magnets
have a high magnetic flux value and if more than one small magnet is swallowed
they can be attracted to one another through the gut wall, causing perforation
or blockage. The product does not comply with the Toy Safety Directive and with
the relevant European standard EN71-1.
3: Batch number/Barcode: 808986062186. Set of 4 toy train
engines for young children, made from soft plastic material; two big engines
(one with blue body and orange wheels and one with green body and blue wheels)
and two smaller ones (one with red body and green wheels and one with yellow
body and mauve wheels). The toy is packed in a blue cardboard box with a
window, decorated with yellow, dark blue and red stars. The packaging is
marked: "4pack Soft Racer. Touch me! Squeeze me!"; it has an age restriction "12M+"
Details: Chemical. The toy poses a
chemical risk because it contains 12.3 % by weight of di(2-ethylhexyl)
phthalate (DEHP). In addition, it contains 0.7% by weight of di-‘isononyl'
phthalate (DINP). According to the REACH Regulation the phthalates DEHP, DBP
and BBP are prohibited in all toys and childcare articles, while phthalates
DINP, DIDP and DNOP are
prohibited in toys or childcare
articles that can be placed in the mouth by children.
4: Batch number/Barcode: 84350941326 and 843501098895
1. Police set, blister pack of 2 guns with
accessories, in retractable plastic. A set of guns with suction pad
2. Blister pack of rifle with accessories: handcuffs,
police badge and suction pad projectiles.
Details: Choking. The suction cups can be
easily removed from the projectiles and could be put in the mouth and block the
airways. In addition, warnings and marking required by the standard are
missing. The product does not comply with the Toy Safety Directive and with the
relevant European standard EN 71-1.
5: Batch number/Barcode: 4894302000358. The set of toys
consists of one doll and two dolls' dresses on the hangers. The head of the
doll is made from flexible plastic. It is wearing a pink dress and shoes. The
toy is packed in a box with a window and is marked "Modern Girl", "Pretty
Girl". Approximate size of box is 18 x14 x 4 cm and the doll is 11 cm long.
Details: Chemical. The toy poses a chemical risk because it
contains 38.5% by weight of di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP). According to the
REACH Regulation, the phthalates DEHP, DBP and BBP are prohibited in all toys
and childcare articles.
6: Batch number/Barcode: 4004-3. The package contains
four baby rattles in the shape of a foot, a hand, a round rattle and a face
with wings. They are made of brittle plastic with spinning balls containing
small beads. Colours: purple, blue, green and pink. Packed in a transparent
plastic bag closed with a colour printed card marked "Baby Sway Bell"
and "Baby Shakes Bell".
Details: Choking. The product poses a risk of choking because
it can easily break releasing small parts which can be swallowed by small
children. In addition, the product contains contradictory age warnings on the
package. The product does not comply with the Toy Safety Directive and the
relevant European standard EN 71-1.
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