MEPs are urged to support a campaign to prevent the sale of potentially dangerous gadgets online. Electrical safety first raised the loophole which means local residents can be tricked.
Online marketplaces such as Amazon Marketplace, eBay and Wish.com are not bound by the same laws as street retailers. This leaves shoppers potentially exposed to substandard and illegal electrical products that can cause fires and electric shocks.
The charity is urging Plymouth MPs to support its campaign to close this unfair loophole in the law. This follows a recent investigation by Electrical Safety First which uncovered a number of faulty and highly dangerous devices, claimed to save consumers money on their energy bills, being sold on the online marketplace. eBay.
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These devices lacked basic safety components, with some even exploding in specialized tests. Previous investigations by the charity have revealed potentially deadly phone chargers, counterfeits, hair dryers and extension cords that pose a serious risk of electric shock, all sold through online marketplaces.
Independent testing by the charity has shown how popular electrical products fail legal safety tests, leading to hair dryers and phone chargers exploding as some ruthless third-party sellers don’t care. safety of products sold through online marketplace platforms.
As a result, Electrical Safety First is calling on Plymouth MPs Johnny Mercer and Luke Pollard to support its online safety campaign to close this loophole in the law which excludes online marketplaces from the laws that govern the High Street.
Lesley Rudd, chief executive of Electrical Safety First, said: “It is imperative that the UK government keeps online marketplaces on par with High Street retailers. Gaps in the law allow opportunistic traders to take advantage of lax regulations.
“That’s why we’re calling on Johnny Mercer and Luke Pollard to ensure their constituents have adequate protection against buying potentially dangerous electrical products from online marketplaces.”
The charity produced an online petition which garnered over 35,000 signatures. Residents can support the campaign by signing the petition here.
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