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Trading Standards plug dangerous charger warning - 14.12.09

Beware cheap mobile phone and games console chargers, warns Sutton Council, after safety tests highlighted serious dangers.

Trading Standards officers from seven boroughs across south and west London bought a number of cheap, unbranded replacement chargers and sent them for testing.

The results were alarming with almost all of them failing to comply with safety standards and many reported as dangerous, despite having a CE safety mark.

There has been a growth in the mobile accessories market in recent years with the chargers considered a cheap option compared to more expensive branded counterparts.

Trading Standards in Sutton, Merton, Kingston, Croydon, Richmond, Hounslow and Wandsworth carried out the tests following the tragic death of a seven year old British boy in Thailand. He was electrocuted when using a replacement Game Boy charger.

Cllr Colin Hall, Executive Member for Environment on Sutton Council, said:

"Buying a cheap charger may save you a few pounds but these devices can be lethal.

"We don't believe these cheap imports are being tested vigorously before being imported and sold to consumers.

"So make sure you only buy branded chargers from a reputable source which are marked with the CE safety mark and a recognisable UK address."   

Residents who suspect they may have purchased a dangerous charger are urged to report their purchase to Consumer Direct on 08454 040506.

Last updated: Monday, 14 December 2009

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