Phone Chargers Top List of Unsafe Electrical Goods
Published on: 28th Dec 2013
Trading Standards Officers visited a number of retail stores in North London before Christmas to test the quality of electrical goods being sold and confiscated nearly 600 items that were deemed to be unsafe.
Among the worst products discovered: aftermarket phone chargers and laptop power supplies. Some suffered multiple failures at once. Others were functional, but electrically unsafe to use. In other cases, not only were the goods counterfeit - the plugs were counterfeit too.
Officers acted immediately to remove the most dangerous products from sale and alert businesses. In total, 587 electrical items were confiscated from traders across the borough - including Christmas lights, LED lights and table lamps. During the seizures they also found 210 items which infringed trademark legislation.
Cllr Susan Hall, Leader of Harrow Council, said: "These results prove how dangerous goods like chargers and lights can be, and we want consumers to be aware of the risks this Christmas."
The raids were funded in part by the Electrical Safety Council.