15 December 2011

A furniture supplier has been fined £5,000 following an investigation by Northamptonshire County Council’s trading standards service.

In February this year, trading standards received a complaint about Tasha Creations Limited, a Middlesex-based company trading through eBay. The customer had purchased a ‘new black multi-function futon fold out sofa bed’ and was concerned that the correct fire testing had not been undertaken.

In April 2011, trading standards carried out a test purchase of the same product. This was tested against fire safety standards and the chip foam failed to satisfy the requirements of the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988.

At Northampton magistrates court yesterday (14th December) Tasha Creations Limited pleaded guilty to two offences and received fines totalling £5,000.

A trading standards spokesperson said: “Instead of getting an eBay bargain, anyone buying these sofa beds could have been seriously injured or worse. Research shows that these regulations save 54 fatalities a year and 780 fewer casualties each year and therefore compliance with them is vital.

“Businesses who import furniture need to ensure they are safe before selling them and anyone with any concerns should contact trading standards by telephoning Consumer Direct on 08454 040506.”