RAPEX recalls first bicycle product

Since January, the European Commission has published consumer safety alerts from European Union member states via the Rapid Alert System for Non-Food Products (RAPEX). The RAPEX recall system has now flagged the details of a Decathlon rear-mounted cycle carrier, currently being recalled in France. Such alerts will allow consumers throughout Europe to hear of product recalls and bans that may have previously been publicised in some countries but not others.
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Regarding the Decathlon carrier, the French national consumer protection authority has warned: “The straps slip and come undone during static and road tests, creating a risk that the cycle carrier and its load may fall off during use.”

RAPEX publicised this alert via its weekly updated website.

A recall of the TH 700 carrier has been issued to French stores and a similar recall will be issued to other sales points, noted RAPEX.

RAPEX’s aim is “the rapid exchange of information” about national dangerous product marketing bans and restrictions, enabling other EU consumer protection organisations to ban blacklisted goods.

David Byrne, EU Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, said:

"For the first time manufacturers have the legal obligation to inform authorities if a product is unsafe. These are recalled and taken off the market. Also for the first time the Commission can now initiate recalls and provisional bans to assure the same level of protection for the entire EU. This is very good news for consumers."

http://europa.eu.int/.../rapex_en.htm#overviews


By Keith Nuthall

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