A PERIVALE business has been fined for supplying potentially unsafe battery chargers and fuses.
Noor Khan, Director of online store Plus Bee.Com Limited at Walmgate Road, pleaded guilty on behalf of the company to six charges of failing to comply with British electrical safety standards.
The importer has been ordered to pay over £6,000 by Ealing Magistrates Court.
The prosecution on April 4 followed an investigation by Ealing Council’s trading standards team. They carried out test purchases, buying a battery charger with mains lead and three amp fuses for plugs from Plus Bee.Com via eBay in September 2012.
There were no fuses in the battery charger plugs, meaning the items had no protection from faults such as overheating or power surges. Fuses bought by trading standards were the wrong colour and also failed to meet safety regulations.
The company was fined £3,600; ordered to pay Ealing council’s costs of £2,525.92 and a victim’s surcharge of £15, bringing the total to £6,140.92.
The 17 chargers and 11,500 fuses seized by the council will be destroyed.
It follows a separate incident in February when dangerous phone chargers were seized in Southall.
Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council, said: "Customers need to feel reassured that any electrical items they buy are not dangerous and conform to rigorous safety standards. I hope this fine serves as a warning to traders to ensure that they don’t take risks with customer’s safety and comply with the law."