Playpen Baby Maxi isn’t safe enough

(Prague, January 22, 2016) During inspections of child care products, the Czech Trade Inspection Authority found out that a playpen which poses a serious safety hazard to smallest users is sold in the market. A wooden pin on the upper door side, being a part of the locking mechanism, repeatedly collapsed during laboratory tests. In the consequence, a small part occurred which could fit into the test tube for small parts, so it could endanger child’s health if inhaled or suffocated. The hazard of finger clash or contusion is posed by cutting spa...

Fuel quality in December 2015

(Monitoring of fuel quality in December 2015) (Prague, January 22, 2016) The Czech Trade Inspection Authority collected in total 180 fuel samples at filling stations in December 2015. Deviations from quality standards were proven concerning two samples of diesel and one sample of diesel fuel blend DFB 30. In all the three cases very low flash point was detected. As regards the diesel fuel blend sample, the measured value was more than a half the value required by the applicable technical standard. The defect was caused by negligence relating to...

Used cars in 2015

(Final report of 2015)(Prague, January 15, 2016) The Czech Trade Inspection Authority carried out inspections focused on sale of used cars during the entire year. The frequency of inspections was highest in the period from the start of July to the end of September when a targeted inspection action was carried out focusing on sellers of these cars. Violations of obligations determined by generally binding legal were discovered in more than a half of 115 inspections. Expert opinions on 34 vehicles were elaborated because of suspicions that inform...

Whistling duck with light effects is dangerous to children

(Prague, January 13, 2016) The Czech Trade Inspection Authority warns consumers against a dangerous toy, a whistling duck with light effects which was detected in the Czech market. It poses health hazard especially to small children. Easily separable small parts, i.e. a whistle and a cord loop on the duck’s head, can be swallowed or inhaled and cause choking or suffocation. The elastic cord can be pulled to the length of 70 cm and hence poses risk of strangulation. The Czech Trade Inspection Authority prohibited distribution of this toy and the...

Bazaars and pawn shops don’t issue receipts

(Final report of 2015)(Prague, January 11, 2016) An inspection action of the Czech Trade Inspection Authority which was aimed at offer and sale of goods and provision of services in bazaars and pawn shops proved numerous flaws in more than a half of 307 inspected workplaces. Inspections focused on bazaars and pawn shops will therefore be included in the Plan of Inspection Activities in 2016. In total 158 fines amounting to CZK 265,500 became effective in the evaluated period. “Besides violations of the Act on Consumer Protection, e.g. failure t...

Textile labelling – 3Q of 2015

(Continuous report of 3rd quarter of 2015)(Prague, January 8, 2016) Inspections carried out by the Czech Trade Inspection Authority in the 3rd quarter of 2015 proved again that sellers of textile products still have difficulties fulfilling obligations concerning marking of these products as determined by the Act on Consumer Protection and European Regulation on names of textile fibres. Flaws were detected in more than a half of 738 inspections. Inspectors imposed ban on sale of 1,625 pieces of products amounting to 357,157 CZK that were not mar...

Battery operated plush elephant can cause skin burns or suffocation

(Prague, January 7, 2016) Within monitoring of the market with toys, CTIA officers found out that in the Czech market a toy is offered posing serious hazard of health damage especially to children. Within laboratory tests focused on product safety, the battery area heated overwhelmingly which may cause skin burns during manipulation with the toy. A metal zipper tore and if inhaled it could cause suffocation. Battery access isn’t secured at all and hence is freely accessible without the necessity to use any instrument – it is enough to open the ...

Timber dog with cord falls apart in children’s hands

(Prague, January 4, 2016) Monitoring of the market with toys is carried out during the year. Officers of the Czech Trade Inspection Authority search for potentially dangerous toys that shall not be used for children’s games due to their construction, used materials or physical characteristics. This applies for toys that aren’t properly marked and equipped with required information and data. A timber pull-along dog is one of such toys that pose serious risk of health damage especially to smallest users. During laboratory tests the toy failed saf...

Three poor quality fuel samples detected in November

(Monitoring of fuels quality – November 2015)(Prague, December 28, 2015) 3 of 300 fuel samples collected to inspections of quality at filling stations during November failed requirements of technical standards, namely concerning flash point. These samples included two diesel samples and one sample of the organic fuel FAME. Prohibition of further sale was imposed on almost 10 thousand litres of poor quality fuels amounting to more than 250,000 CZK. If the result of inspections in December is as positive as in the previous months, this year will ...
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