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Council not resting on laurels with shoddy sofa sales

Published Monday, 24 August 2015

A furniture company has been fined £6,000 and ordered to pay Enfield Council costs of £1,547.65, plus a victim surcharge of £120, after furniture that failed to comply with fire safety regulations was sold from two different premises.

Enfield Council trading standards inspectors purchased a sofa from Oda Exclusive Limited, trading as Oda Mobilya, based in Hertford Road, Edmonton on 3 December 2014 for £250.  A week later Lewisham Council trading standards inspectors purchased another sofa from Oda Mobilya – this time from different premises in Brownhill Road, Lewisham.

Tests revealed that the sofa purchased in Edmonton had failed the fire safety test, and the one from Lewisham had failed to comply with the mattress safety requirements. Trading standards officers immediately issued a suspension notice for both sofas and gathered more evidence.

The case was heard at Tottenham Magistrates Court on 20 August 2015.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said “Enfield Council will always prosecute companies that sell shoddy or dangerous items in our borough.

“In this case not only did Oda Mobilya sell potentially lethal sofas, which could catch fire easily, but they did not disclose that they were a company trading under another name, Oda Exclusive Limited, and from different sites, which makes it very difficult for any dissatisfied customers to contact them.

“I am delighted to hear that this company has been brought to book, and would urge anyone buying a sofa or bed to ensure that they carry the fire safety mark.”

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