Torch with life-threatening charger

(Prague, September 24, 2013) An electric torch is of practical help and is needed in every household. However, the Czech Trade Inspection Authority detected offer of two torches that pose serious risk to consumers in the Czech market. “We speak about rechargeable torches with electric plug. When a user manipulates with their chargers, there is a risk of injury by electric current because the plugs don’t comply with the stipulated model. Moreover, none of the products is marked properly or equipped with instructions for use in Czech. Documentati...

Swivel chair Brasil is not solid and stable enough!

(Brno, September 23, 2013) A consumer turned to the Czech Trade Inspection Authority, being suspicious about office chair Brasil that he purchased. He thought that it was not safe. “Inspectors collected the chair and had it assessed in a laboratory. The expert opinion confirmed that the product was dangerous. The chair is unstable and thus it can roll over when used. Also the material from which the pedestal is made is not solid enough and deforms under load," explained Tatiana Neuhybelová, the Director General of the CTIA Inspectorate seated ...

Authorities revoked trade licences of organizers of demonstration sales events

(Prague, September 19, 2013) The Czech Trade Inspection Authority suggests trade licensing offices to revoke trader’s licences when there are significant and repeated violations of laws and when sanctions and taken measures are ineffective. This year, trade licensing offices have lawfully decided to revoke trade licences of four companies that organized demonstration sales events for seniors. “I get huge satisfaction, knowing that other authorities also punish unfair entrepreneurs who significantly violate laws and parasitize on seniors who are...

CTIA: We cannot tolerate discrimination of consumers

(Partial report of second quarter of 2013)(Prague, September 19, 2013) All forms of consumer discrimination are monitored by the CTIA inspectors throughout the year. This regards sale of goods and provision of services, including discrimination of disabled persons and use of double prices for the same goods or services. In the 2nd quarter of 2013, discriminatory conduct was detected in five of 252 inspections. “We cannot underestimate the fact that in two of the five cases there was a suspicion of race discrimination. Despite these are random ...

Serious violations of fuel quality remain

(Monitoring of fuel quality - August 2013)(Prague, September 17, 2013) Inspections of fuel quality at filling stations continued in compliance with the schedule in August. The Czech Trade Inspection Authority collected 222 fuel samples in total, including 6 samples that failed the quality requirements of technical standards. “There is good news for motorists we didn’t detect many noncompliant samples. However, in four of six samples, namely two diesel fuel samples and two samples of petrol Super 95, deviations from quality were of such nature t...

CTIA: Fake diamonds from e-shop

(Brno, September 17, 2013) Online shopping is comfortable – it can save time and money. But it might not always be beneficial as detected by the inspectors of the Czech Trade Inspection Authority who evaluated expert assessments on precious stones purchased through the internet. The stones were advertised as “beautiful black natural stones”. However, after the expert assessment by the technical laboratory of General Directorate of Customs had ended, it was obvious that seller’s information about the stones was deceitful. “Tests proved our suspi...

Wine festival in Mikulov without measuring tools

(Brno, September 16, 2013) Inspectors of the CTIA in South Moravia are also busy on the weekends. They check sellers at traditional wine festivals where refreshments, local specialities, souvenirs, and other goods or services are offered. “In almost half of the inspections we found infringements. While in Mikulov traders forgot that they have to use certified measuring tools, in Znojmo we detected failures to inform consumers about prices and amounts, incorrect billing and issue of incomplete bill of purchase. However, the misconducts were not...

Risk posed by children’s saxophone mouthpiece

(Prague, August 16, 2013) When monitoring the market with toys, inspectors of the Czech Trade Inspection Authority detected a set of musical instruments AGATKA that included one product which failed requirements on safety of toys. “Within the above mentioned set, risk is posed by mouthpiece of a plastic saxophone. The mouthpiece can be loosely slipped on the top of the saxophone and easily removed by a small child. It can all fit in the test tube for small parts, so there is a real risk that a child can swallow, inspire or suffocate it,” said V...

Anonymous risky and dangerous toys still in the market

(Partial report of second quarter of 2013)(Prague, September 10, 2013) During the second quarter of 2013, inspectors of the Czech Trade Inspection Authority carried out 343 inspections in total within which 441 types of toys were checked. Infringements of stipulated obligations were detected in 185 cases – i.e. in 53.9% of inspections. They collected and handed over to expert assessment 11 types of toys in total. Risk of threats to children’s health has been proven in four product types. “The detected risk is the same in all cases of chocolate ...

Dangerously loud children’s phone

(Prague, September 6, 2013) The Czech Trade Inspection Authority found out that in the Czech market a product – children’s phone Intercom Phone Set powered by batteries – which presents serious risk especially to children is offered in the internal market. “There is a danger of hearing damage to children because the emission level of acoustic pressure stipulated by the standard was exceeded by 15% as we detected. Acoustic pressure shall not exceed 90dB and the manufacturer didn’t comply with the requirement,” said Vladimír Velčovský, the Direct...
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