CTIA: High content of water in diesel was an individual finding!

(Monitoring of fuels quality – February 2015)(Prague, March 23, 2015) Monitoring and sampling of motor fuels continued in compliance with determined schedule in February. The plan was supplemented by investigation of consumers’ submissions. 3 of 236 collected samples failed quality requirements of technical standards. The most significant finding concerned water in one of diesel fuel samples – the water content exceeded the permitted amount of water almost 50 times. “This was the first time we detected such a case since 2001 when the Czech Trad...

Organizers of presentation events changed tactics

(Prague, March 17, 2015) In recent weeks, the Czech Trade Inspection Authority has spotted extraordinary increase concerning the number of dissatisfied consumers who turned to the Authority regarding purchases of goods at presentation sales events organized directly in companies’ offices. Such purchases are comparable with purchases in ordinary shops and hence it is not possible to withdraw from the contract during 14 days without any reason. Moreover, many consumers didn’t receive any bill of purchase which should be issued by sellers on consu...

CTIA notified 14 dangerous products into RAPEX

(Final report of 2014)(Prague, March 16, 2015) In 2014, the Czech Trade Inspection Authority notified in total 14 dangerous products into the RAPEX system. Eight of them were published within the category serious risk, 3 products were notified into the category other than serious risk and other 3 were for information. The contact point addressed in total 1,525 notifications to the Czech Trade Inspection Authority and on the contrary, CTIA passed 8 notifications with information about dangerous products that were notified into the system by othe...

Ladybird with magnet is not a toys suitable for children!

(Prague, March 13, 2015) The Czech Trade Inspection Authority detected that in the Czech market vendors offer a product which poses risk especially to children users. There is a risk of health damage or injury in case of a child swallowing or inhaling small parts revealed from ladybird’s body. The Czech Trade Inspection Authority prohibited selling of the product and its distributor withdrew from the market the product produced by an unknown manufacturer. The following toy was notified into the database of dangerous products RAPEX. The complet...

Animal with ventilator is dangerous to children!

(Prague, March 12, 2015) When monitoring the market with toys, inspectors of the CTIA collected a product which poses a serious risk of health damage as proven by subsequent professional analysis. It is a product of animal appearance with a cat head and a neck lanyard. The product which looks like a toy with a propeller can also be used as a small battery operated ventilator. The battery type AAA can be swallowed by a child user because its cover can easily be opened without the necessity to use any instrument. Another risk is posed by the neck...

Frog with magnet is a dangerous toy!

(Prague, March 11, 2015) Children are exposed to risk of health damage during play with a frog with magnet. The Czech Trade Inspection Authority detected that vendors in the Czech Republic offer a product which poses serious health risk especially to children. Legs of the little frog were released from the body after minimal power was used. When playing with the toy, children could inhale or swallow the released small parts and thus could block their airways or injure internal organs. After necessary documentation is elaborated, the toys will b...

Turtle with magnet is a dangerous toy!

(Prague, March 10, 2015) Risk of health damage is posed by a plastic turtle with magnet. CTIA inspectors detected the product in a retail shop in Western Bohemia. Minimal power was used to separate a leg and head from the toy’s body. A child could inhale or swallow the released small parts that could obstruct airways or injure internal organs. After CTIA had prohibited sale of the product, its distributor withdrew the dangerous toy from the market. After necessary documentation is elaborated, the toy will be notified into the system RAPEX.

Counterfeits – 2014

(Infringements of certain intellectual property rights in 2014)(Prague, March 5, 2015) 1,994 inspections were carried out within an annual project focused on monitoring of risky selling points and investigations of products that infringe certain intellectual property rights. Offering counterfeits was detected in 733 cases, i.e. 36.8%. Officers of the Czech Trade inspection Authority don’t focus only on marketplaces and stall sale in border regions, but also monitor other points of sale for example in cities’ centres as well as e-shops where con...

Discrimination – 2014

(Final report of 2014)(Prague, February 27, 2015) Officers of the Czech Trade Inspection Authority annually monitor all forms of possible discrimination of consumers within both sale of products as well as provision of services and cases of discrimination of persons with health handicap. The Act on Consumer Protection prohibits any manner of consumer discrimination. In 2014, 1,254 inspections were carried out within inspection action aimed at compliance with this provision. Inspectors skilled in languages as well as Gipsy inspectors were involv...
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