SANTA gives hits from electric current instead of gifts

(Prague, November 9, 2015) The Czech Trade Inspection Authority detected an electric light chain with a Santa Claus cover which is offered in the Czech market and poses serious risk of injury to consumers. The danger consists of possible release of its connecting wires from the control unit’s desktop and subsequent uncovering of living parts. Such contact would cause injury by electric current. Proportions of the two-pole power cord plug don’t comply with determined model. The light chain isn’t equipped with obligatory information which can lea...

ECC- online purchases

(Prague, November 9, 2015) More than 250 million consumers regularly shop over the internet in the EU internal market. Considering the variety of offers – from serious deals to frauds – it is key to know elementary recommendations for safe purchases online not only in Europe, but also elsewhere in the world. A website in your national language doesn’t necessarily mean that the trader is based in your country and it takes just a minute to check elementary parameters of a purchase, emphasises the European Consumer Centre Czech Republic. The com...

Lufthansa’s staff still on strike – passengers have the right for free care

(Prague, November 9, 2015) Flight attendants continue striking and Lufthansa may cancel its flights in the upcoming days as it has done since Friday. The strike would have an impact on more passengers than expected. These passengers have the right to free-of-charge care from the carrier, including meals and refreshments as well as accommodation if necessary when waiting for re-routing, said the European Consumer Centre Czech Republic today. The complete press release is available in the attachment.

Rubber horse contains phthalates and a dangerous small part

(Prague, November 6, 2015) When monitoring the market with toys, CTIA inspectors detected a product which poses risk of health damage to smallest consumers. The material from which the inflatable jumping horse is made of contains in weight almost 15% of ester of diisobutyl-phthalate, a substance identified as carcinogenic, mutagenic and toxic for reproduction. Long-term use of the toy can negatively influence healthy development of children. Another risk is posed by an easily releasable plastic pin of the inflation valve – inhalation or swallow...

All Souls’ Day: inspections of sold goods

(Ústí nad Labem, November 5, 2015) Monitoring of sale regarding the All Souls’ Day has traditionally belonged to autumn inspection projects of the Czech Trade Inspection Authority. On October 31, in total 10 vendors were inspected in Liberec. Officers mostly aimed at stall sale of various types of wreaths and decorations intended for graves, dry flower arrangements, candles and other products related to the All Souls’ Day. Inspectors detected flaws within half of the inspections, namely sale without required information, failure to inform consu...

Consumer credit rather without intermediaries

(Prague, November 4, 2015) Christmas are closing in and a number of consumers consider taking a consumer credit. Each of them should consider whether a credit is really necessary and carefully and responsibly select from who to borrow the money. As consumer submissions received by the Czech Trade Inspection Authority in recent weeks show, it is risky to conclude consumer credit through an intermediary. These consumers paid remuneration for mediation of consumer credit in advance, but after having received the money, intermediaries stopped commu...

LED light JY SUPER fails safety standards

(Prague, November 2, 2015) Within inspections focused on electric devices the Czech Trade Inspection Authority detected that vendors in the inner market offer a product which poses hazard. Expert opinion showed that the product fails obligations concerning construction and marking as stipulated in the Act on Technical Requirements for Products. Proportions of two-pole power cord plug don’t comply with the determined model and information concerning safe use of the light as well as instructions for use are provided in English. Therefore distribu...
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