Guilty as ‘charged’ wholesaler to pay over £3,500

Guilty as ‘charged’ wholesaler to pay over £3,500

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Manchester – A company has been ordered to pay over £3,500 for selling dangerous USB chargers.

USB%201Skyline Accessories Limited pleaded guilty to supplying unsafe goods at a hearing at Manchester Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 9 September.

They were fined £2,000 for the offence with £1475 costs and £120 victim of crime surcharge.

On 13 January 2015, during a routine visit to the company’s premises on Moulton Street, Cheetham Hill, Manchester City Council’s trading standards officers took a sample of a ‘2 in 1’ USB charger for testing.

Suspecting the product to be dangerous, officers requested the remaining stock to be withdrawn from sale while safety testing was carried out.

USB%202Test results confirmed that the product was electrically unsafe and contained wiring that was not properly insulated.

Trading standards officers then returned to the company premises to explain the test results and seize the unsafe stock.

During the visit they noticed a similar product, a ‘3 in 1’ USB charger and suspecting this may also be unsafe seized over 100 of the items.

The product was sent for safety testing and found to be a potential electrical hazard.

The company’s director admitted, when interviewed under caution, they had carried out no safety testing on the products – which had been imported from China – before selling them in Manchester.

USB3Anyone using either of the products could have easily been exposed to dangerous voltages, which could be fatal in some circumstances.

At the Magistrates’ hearing a forfeiture and destruction order was made for the seized items.

Councillor Nigel Murphy, Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for Neighbourhoods said: “Traders must take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of any products they sell. These imported products failed essential safety tests potentially putting the public’s safety at risk.

“We will not tolerate these dangerous products being sold in our city and the size of the fine should serve as a warning to other unscrupulous traders that the city council and the courts take this matter very seriously.”

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