01.Dodgy electrical retailers busted
NSW Fair Trading is continuing raids on vendors selling electrical goods with inspections revealing a number of businesses selling unapproved and potentially dangerous electric items.
These undercover inspections have occurred as a result of the the death of a Sydney woman, which is believed to be related to an electric surge from a dodgy USB charger.
As a result of the raids so far, 76 electrical items, mainly chargers and adapters, have been removed from sale. Inspections in NSW at Dapto and Paddy’s Markets at Haymarket also uncovered six stall holders selling unapproved USB phone chargers.
NSW Minister for Fair Trading Matthew Mason-Cox is warning retailers and importers not to supply unapproved electrical products and is calling for the media and the public to alert NSW Fair Trading with any information about where unapproved electrical goods are being sold. "Traders must recognise their responsibilities when selling electrical goods and act in accordance with the law designed to protect consumers."
Consumers are also being warned not to buy USB chargers or adapters without safety markings, as they could be dangerous and pose a serious risk of electrocution or fire. A common approval mark is a tick inside a triangle, but you can find more information by heading to NSW Fair Trading.
If you know where unapproved electrical goods are being sold, contact NSW Fair Trading on 13 32 20.