A major firm has been fined after ‘dangerous’ travel adaptors were found accessible in a Worthing store.
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Officers from West Sussex Trading Standards bought travel adaptors, like the TK Maxx in Worthing’s Liverpool Road, after concerns on the safety of the products, a county council spokesman said.
Testing showed several safety failings, like the threat of electric shock, the spokesman confirmed.
TJK UK Ltd, which trades under TK Maxx, on Wednesday pleaded guilty at Brighton Magistrates Court, December 12, following investigations, the spokesman said.
It was ordered to cover a lot more than £20,000 in costs and fines, said the spokesman.
Another firm, IT Luggage Limited, that was found to be selling dangerous travel adaptors also, also pleaded guilty in a seperate case and was ordered to cover a lot more than £20,000 in fines and costs, said the spokesman.
Peter Aston, Trading Standards Team Manager, said: “The seriousness of the offences is reflected in the fines these firms have already been ordered to cover.
“These travel adaptors failed safety testing this means they might cause electrocution and potentially death to an unsuspecting user.
“We usually advise visitors to only buy electrical products from the recognised brand or traditional retailer but as this case proves, that doesn’t guarantee safety.”
Louise Goldsmith, Leader of West Sussex County Council, said: “It’s very worrying to see two big traditional retailers selling these dangerous products.
“I’m relieved that the adaptors have already been recalled and that the firms involved have already been fined.
“It really is of absolute importance that businesses test any electrical products before they’re sold thoroughly.”
TK Maxx treated the adaptors as &lsquo mistakenly;fashion accessories’ on the system which meant these were not at the mercy of the store’s usual safety checks, based on the county council spokesman.
IT Luggage Ltd was unacquainted with the safety requirements concerning this product so completed no checks when importing them from China, the spokesman said.
Both companies recalled the merchandise informed of the outcomes of testing once, confirmed the spokesman.
Anyone who has bought a travel adaptor and contains concerns about its safety, let Trading Standards know by calling Citizen’s Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506.