Sales: consumers are inattentive and vendors deceive

(Partial report of 1st quarter of 2015)(Prague, June 22, 2015) Discounts are not provided only in certain periods of the year but all through the year in the Czech Republic. Consumers are continuously attracted by various special offers and clearance sales that may not be as favourable as advertised by traders. During the 1st quarter of 2015, violations of legal regulations were detected in 40% of 1,505 inspections of workplaces offering discounts and clearance sales and fines amounting to 3.5 million CZK were lawfully imposed. “Unsatisfied con...

Cuddly penguin with sucker is a dangerous toy!

(Prague, June 18, 2015) When monitoring the market with toys, officers of the Czech Trade Inspection Authority found out that a product is offered that poses serious risk to the health of children especially. Children are at risk within game with cuddly penguin with sucker. Minimal power was used to release the sucker from the toy within solidity test. Under certain circumstances a child could swallow or inhale the released sucker which could lead to blocking of airways or injury of inner organs. With regard to the high rate of risk the toy wil...

Small parts of building kit can injure children

(Prague, June 19, 2015) The Czech Trade Inspection Authority warns against dangers posed to the health of children who play with the wooden building kit Wooden Toys which was detected in the Czech market. Within a test it was discovered that the kit consists of 27 pieces out of which 25 pieces can all fit in the test tube for small parts. There is a very serious risk especially for children because within game they can easily swallow or inhale small parts and block their airways or hurt inner organs. The toy was notified into the European datab...

Restaurants and bars cheated in Brno and České Budějovice

(Brno and České Budějovice, June 19, 2015) Results of inspections carried out at bars show that some entrepreneurs breach laws and harm consumers, but also endanger good reputation of fair entrepreneurs. Within inspections of 9 bars and restaurants opened at night CTIA officers discovered flaws in 6 cases. With regard to the adverse balance, the Czech Trade inspection Authority will continue similar actions during the summer season. The complete press release is available in the attachment.

E-shops – first quarter of 2015

(Partial report of 1st quarter of 2015)(Prague, June 16, 2015) Results of the inspection project of the Czech Trade Inspection Authority which focused on e-shops are not positive for consumers. The evaluation showed that a major part of vendors hasn’t modified terms and conditions pursuant to changes that were brought in by the new Civil Code which became effective in January 1, 2014, and they still inform consumers about claims conditions, possibility to withdraw from contract and other rights as previously governed by the already non-valid ci...

Lighting pendant with owl can damage child’s sight!

(Prague, June 15, 2015) When monitoring the market with toys, the Czech Trade Inspection Authority detected a product that posed health risk to consumers, especially to children. It is an owl-shaped keys pendant which lights and hoots. Expert assessment on safety showed that even a short exposure of children’s eye to the light can damage sight within usual manipulation with the toy even if glasses are used. Those parents who purchased this product are advised to consider risk rate of using such product by their children.The complete press relea...

Mediation of credit on the phone is still risky!

(Interim report of 1st quarter of 2015)(Prague, June 11, 2015) When inspecting fulfilment of obligations stemming to providers and intermediaries of consumer credit from the Act on Consumer Credit, the Czech Trade Inspection Authority detected persisting flaws concerning almost half of inspected entities and other defects in almost two thirds of inspections. With regard to high ratio of breaches of generally binding legal regulations, inspections will continue in the upcoming period. In total 56 fines amounting to 6.4 million CZK became effecti...

Electric San Gong Soldering Iron is dangerous!

(Prague, June 12, 2015) When monitoring the market, officers of the Czech Trade Inspection Authority discovered that some shops offer a soldering iron which is not marked properly and fails electric safety standards as proven by expert opinion. Internal connection of conductors is not secured enough against accidental touch by parts of a human body and its user is in danger of injury by electric currant. The product is not equipped with obligatory information in Czech, so consumer is not accordingly warned against risks posed within incorrect u...

Tour operators in 2015

(Interim report of 1st quarter of 2015)(Prague, June 1, 2015) Offers of services and their level as provided by tour operators and travel agents belongs among fields that are monitored and inspected by the Czech Trade Inspection Authority during the whole year. Within inspections of the first quarter of 2015 more than a half of all proven flaws consisted of violations of obligations related to claims procedures. Failure to comply with formal requirements for acceptance and settlement of a claim in the determined period were proven by inspectors...

Defective outboard engines for recreational crafts

(Final report of the project - 2014)(Prague, May 29, 2015) Within an inspection action of the Czech Trade Inspection Authority 18 types of outboard engines for recreational crafts were inspected at 4 importers and 8 distributors. The inspection action was aimed at labelling as well as information and data provided on engines’ labels and accompanying documentation, i.e. instructions for users of outboard engines. Defects were detected concerning 11 types of engines, i.e. more than a half of cases. In five cases inspected entities for example did...
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