Fabian Demicoli

Recall Alert


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.

 

Notification 1: Batch number/Barcode:
18062012 Child-appealing Christmas decoration: Santa figure which expands in
height.

Dangers Details: Injuries and Choking. The
head of the figure is attached to the body with a wooden rod which has a sharp
point in the middle of the head. This rod could become exposed, leading to the
risk of a puncture wound. The product also has detachable small parts which
could pose a choking hazard. The product does not comply with the Toy Safety
Directive and with the relevant European standard EN 71-1.

 

Notification 2: Toy piano in a cardboard
box which is open at the front.

Dangers Details: Choking. The product poses
a risk of choking because small parts can come loose and may be put into the
mouth and swallowed by children. The product does not comply with the Toy
Safety Directive and with the relevant European standard EN 71-1.

 

Notification 3: Batch number/Barcode:
6905321002433 Musical, rotating plastic toy to be hung above a crib or a cot,
consisting of 4 rattles resembling butterflies, bees and bugs, with a wind-up
rotating mechanism that emits sounds,. Packaging: cardboard box with
transparent plastic window. Instructions, information and warnings are on the
packaging.

Dangers Details: Choking. The product poses
a risk of choking because the toy may easily break releasing small parts which
could be swallowed by children. The product does not comply with the Toy Safety
Directive and the relevant European standard EN 71-1.

 

Notification 4: Toy aeroplane in a
cardboard box.

Dangers Details: Choking. The product poses
a risk of choking because small parts can come loose and may be put into the
mouth and swallowed by children. The product does not comply with the Toy
Safety Directive and with the relevant European standard EN 71-1.

Notification 5: Chocolate egg with toy
surprise, 50g, Best before: 25.01.2013

Dangers Details: Choking. The product poses
a risk of choking because a separable part of the capsule containing the toy is
too small and it could be swallowed by children. The product does not comply
with the Toys Directive and with the relevant European standard EN 71.

 

Notification 6: Batch
number/Barcode:5203359375026

Orange
tiger costume for children aged 1-3, supplied on a hanger in a plastic bag.

Dangers Details: Injuries, Strangulation
and Suffocation. The product poses the risk of:


Injuries due to the presence of small parts that can easily become detached and
may be swallowed or inhaled by children;


Strangulation, due to the presence of a fixed noose (cord securing the hood)
which is too long. The noose is formed of the adjustable cord securing the
hood;


Risk of suffocation because the toy comes in a plastic bag (the one containing
the hood) made of impermeable material which is not thick enough and may cause
obstruction of the airway from the mouth and nose.

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

 

Notification 7: Batch number/Barcode:
5203359129186 Little bee costume for children aged 12-18 months, supplied on a
hanger in plastic bag (yellow and black).

Dangers Details: Injuries, Strangulation
and Suffocation. The product poses the risk of:


Injuries due to the presence of sharp elements: the wire yarn representing
antenna on the hood of the costume does not withstand the required bending;


Strangulation due to the presence of a fixed ring (attached to the hood) which
is too long;


Suffocation due to the presence of an impermeable plastic bag (the bag
containing the hood) which is not thick enough and may cause obstruction of the
airway from the mouth and nose.

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

 

Notification 8: Batch number/Barcode:
4016096112684 Rag doll with beige-coloured hair, brown trousers, blue, yellow
and white striped T-shirt, and blue and white shoes.

Dangers Details: Chemical. The product
poses a chemical risk because the yellow colour in the doll's hair contains azo
dyes (aminoazobenzene) in a concentration up to 156 mg/kg, which exceeds the
limit of 30 mg/kg. The product does not comply with REACH.

 

 

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