Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe is warning consumers about the potentially fatal risk of using non-compliant USB style chargers following the recent death of a consumer where an unapproved USB charger was potentially implicated.
The Commissioner said Fair Trading investigators had recently removed from sale a number of unapproved and non-compliant USB style chargers, travel adaptors and power boards at a stall and mobile phone accessory shop in the Campsie area.
“These devices pose a serious risk of electrocution or fire,” he said.
The trader at Campsie faces possible prosecution.
Maximum penalties are $87,500 and/or two years imprisonment for an individual and $875,000 for a corporation.
The unapproved devices do not meet the essential safety requirements of Australian standards and are often made of inferior plastics and other insulation materials. Devices found by Fair Trading had no insulation on pins, or approval marks.
To read the full statement visit NSW Government Fair Trading website see below: