January 16, 2012

The RAPEX Of Europa

Alright, the unrecalled Ikea Antilop high chair is becoming an endangered species.

Did DT get it wrong before, when I said that Antilops made between 2006 and 2010 were being recalled for having ridiculously flimsy safety straps?

Because the Daily Mail says the EU recall covers all Ikea Antilops sold from 2006 through September 2011, over 1.2 million units. And now I go back to the CPSC's recall notice, and it says 0911, too. Am I hallucinating? Did they expand it? Or am I just wrong?

Ah, no. I am right, and the Daily Mail is wrong. Both the EU and US recall notices state:

Only production dates 0607-0911 (YYMM) from supplier # 17389 are included in this recall for repair of belt.
. YYMM. 2009/11. Never mind [the Daily Mail].

On the bright side [?!], I did learn that the EU's recall notices are distributed through the Rapid Alert System for Non-Food Products, or RAPEX.

So not only are the recall notices buried in spreadsheets with useless titles like report 1 - 2012, the system is called RAPEX. I feel safer, how about you?

RAPEX: Keeping European Consumers Safe [europa.eu]
Previously: Ikea Antilop Recall! World's Greatest High Chair has World's Flimsiest Straps

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