Inspections of playgrounds and their elements

(Partial report of the period from April 2 to June 15, 2013)(Prague, July 23, 2013) Inspections of playgrounds are carried out from spring to autumn and are especially focused on playgrounds that newly put into operation because safety of play elements must be assessed as stipulated in the Act on Technical Requirements for Products. Attention is also paid to playgrounds that have already been in operation where risk of injury as a result of insufficient care from the operators is very high. In the evaluated period from April 2 to June 15, 2013,...

Laser pointer LASER LDE KEY is dangerous

(Prague, July 25, 2013) The Czech Trade Inspection Authority alerts consumers that a LED laser pointer with carbine posing very serious risk of eye damage is sold in the internal market. “Expert opinion showed that the intensity of the laser ray significantly exceeded the maximal acceptable radiation dose to which human eyes can be exposed. The product probably originated in China and is not marked with any warnings against laser radiation nor information about the laser class. It is very dangerous to children,” the Director General of the CTIA...

Vendors in border regions offer fakes and fail to inform about prices

(Final report from inspections of marketplaces in border regions)(Prague/Pilsen/Ústí, July 18, 2013) The Czech Trade Inspection Authority cooperated with other surveillance bodies within an extraordinary action focused on marketplaces in border regions. CTIA inspectors checked compliance with the Act on Consumer Protection and other legal regulations in the inspection competence of the CTIA. “Results are not encouraging for consumers. Within 345 inspections, one or more breaches were detected in more than 75% of cases, including one third of se...

Both price tags and fairness disappeared with floods

(Partial results of inspections related to floods)(Prague, July 16, 2013) The aim of the operative control action was to reach higher level of protection of consumers who have found themselves in a difficult life situation after floods. “The Czech Trade Inspection Authority has been aware of higher risk of threats to economic interests and safety of consumers posed by potential sale of poor quality goods or provision of services by vendors who would want to misuse adverse life situation of victims of floods. We increased the number of inspectio...

Be cautious when choosing children’s bike!

(Interim report of the project from April 2 to May 31, 2013) (Prague, July 9, 2013) Children’s bikes are intended for the target group of easily vulnerable users which is why the Czech Trade Inspection Authority pays increased attention to inspections of these products. “Parents should do the same when choosing a new bicycle for their child,” Vladimír Velčovský, the Director General of the CTIA, recommends. “They should make sure that the bike is equipped with two functional brake systems, guarded risky parts, especially in the chain area, an...

„Martians“ contain dangerous little lamps

(Prague, July 11, 2013) The Czech Trade Inspection Authority assessed safety of illuminating toys called “marťaprsty” (Martian’s fingers) that are included in the packaging of the dietary supplement “Martians with probiotics”. As detected within a professional test, toys attached to the dietary supplement pose risk to children who could swallow or inhale small parts or get injured by their fragments. “Button battery cannot be accessible without the necessity to use an instrument. This requirement was not fulfilled by the manufacturer and it is,...

Every other inspection with findings during Karlovy Vary IFF

(Final report of the period from June 29 to July 7, 2013)(Prague/Pilsen, July 8, 2013) Inspectors of the Czech Trade Inspection Authority monitored sellers and services providers during the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and the balance of the inspection results has been embarrassing. The inspectors checked 70 workplaces within 9 days and detected one or more breaches of obligations in 38 cases, i.e. in more than half of them. “Misconducts were detected despite the fact that we didn’t hide the intention to increase the number of CTIA ...

Switch-mode power supplies for notebooks did not comply with EMC requirements

(Report from inspections within the ADCO EMC campaign on behalf of the Czech Republic)(Prague, July 4, 2013) Within the international ADCO EMC campaign, the Czech Trade Inspection Authority participated in inspections of switch-mode power supplies for notebooks in terms of their safety and electromagnetic compatibility. “Inspectors from the CTIA’s Technical Control Department inspected these electric devices at 9 subjects that supply them to the market as spare parts. There were 2 unsatisfactory products out of 5 products taken for laboratory e...
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