Motor vehicles ranked second behind toys on an annual list of recalled products distributed by the European Commission on the Rapid Alert System (RAPEX).
The RAPEX report revealed that the number of dangerous products removed from the EU market rose by 53% in 2007 to 1,605. With 417 notifications, toys were by far the most-recalled product category in 2007. However, with 197 notifications, motor vehicles also featured prominently in the RAPEX system.
In the category of motor vehicles, minimotos and off-road motorcycles are the most represented in the RAPEX list. The European Commission says many of these vehicles, intended for children and youngsters, pose a serious risk of injuries because of extremely poor design and materials.
Minimotos and off-road motorcycles are not intended to be used on public roads and it is not required that they comply with Europe's on-road regulations.
Since the mini-motorbikes market outside of the traditional distribution channels is expanding, EI regulators say they feel an intensified cooperation on product safety with non-EU countries and strict market surveillance are needed to halt the import of non-conforming products.