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Probe launched into unsafe phone chargers

Published Wednesday, 12 November 2014

An investigation has been launched after Enfield Council’s trading standards officers seized more than 1,000 counterfeit mobile phone covers and 111 potentially lethal travel adaptors.

Officers from the council visited shops in the borough as part of a drive to cut the supply of unsafe mobile phone chargers and seized a number of unsafe devices, further investigation revealed that a number of shops in the borough and elsewhere in London were being supplied by Eazy Accessories, a mobile phone accessories wholesaler
 
Last week (November 6) officers from Enfield Council’s Trading Standards raided the company’s headquarters on an industrial estate in Enfield and seized 1,133 phone covers on suspicion they were counterfeit and 111 travel adaptors which had been tested and proved to be unsafe because the design of the adaptor exposes live parts which could deliver a fatal electric shock. Eazy Accessories has been wound up but a number of people associated with the company are now under investigation.
 
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety, Cllr Chris Bond, said: “Mobile phone accessories are often expensive and young people will always look for a bargain, especially where their mobile phones are concerned.
 
“Cheap mobile phone chargers are a known fire risk and it is utterly unacceptable for traders to be distributing potentially lethal chargers and endangering the lives of residents. I’d urge people to check any electrical equipment they buy meets the required European Union standards to ensure that they are not risking their lives by using some dodgy counterfeit gear.
 
“Enfield Council will continue to take steps to protect the public from potential harm at the hands of disreputable traders who are keen to make a quick buck.”

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