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11 August 2014

$80k fine for unsafe adaptors

Convenience store owners were repeatedly warned.

Two companies behind a chain of convenience stores have been fined a total of $80,000 for selling electrically unsafe travel plug adaptors despite repeated warnings.

Dtown and Zolo Limited, trading as City Star Convenience Stores and Britomart Magazine, were sentenced at the Auckland District Court.

Energy Safety compliance officer Richard Lamb said the adaptors did not have adequate protection to prevent contact with live parts and presented a risk of fire and electrocution.

“The adaptors are of particular concern given that plugs are used at skirting board level and easily accessible by infants and young children,” Mr Lamb said.

He said Energy Safety had repeatedly warned Dtown and Zolo Limited, which have 15 stores in central Auckland, to stop selling the adaptors, but the instructions were ignored.

“Given the location of these stores in the heart of Auckland near hotels, hostels and transport hubs, it is likely these adaptors would have been purchased by visitors, and could have spread around New Zealand and beyond,” Mr Lamb said.

Energy Safety has become concerned at the number of unsafe electrical travel plug adaptors being sold and said retailers need to understand they will face consequences if a person is hurt because of faulty goods they have supplied.

The companies were convicted under Section 163C of the Electricity Act 1992 and regulation 80 and 84 of the Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010.

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