4,573 items were seized of unapproved and potentially dangerous USB phone chargers, including counterfeit brand products Apple, LG, Samsung, Huawei and Motorola. Some of the chargers confiscated were not branded but styled on a branded product. A number of the items seized were labelled with a false approval number.
6,657 non-authentic branded items were seized, including mobile device batteries, leads and accessories.
hundreds of chargers, cables, adapters and unauthentic branded mobile device batteries branded with Samsung and Apple logos were confiscated.
The NSW Electricity (Consumer Safety) Act 2004 requires the testing, approval and marking of declared electrical articles prior to sale. All electrical products sold in NSW must comply with the Act and its regulations to ensure they are designed and manufactured to meet Australian Standards. Fair Trading can direct traders to remove dangerous items from sale and seize items for examination and testing. It is an offence under the Act to sell unapproved electrical articles, heavy penalties apply.
Consumers who have questions about the authenticity of approval numbers or marks on products should call Fair Trading on 13 32 20 for assistance. For more information about electrical safety and approval lables, visit the Safety labels for electrical goods page.
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