13 February 2012

A fabric supplier has been fined following an investigation by Northamptonshire County Council’s trading standards service.

At Northampton magistrates court today(Monday 13th February) Clarkson Textiles Limited of Lomeshaye Industrial Estate, Nelson, Lancashire admitted four offences under the General Product Safety Regulations 2005 of placing unsafe products on the market. They were fined £6,000 as well as costs totalling £5,890.

In July 2010 trading standards carried out a test purchase of a cane sofa from Daro Limited in Northampton as part of their proactive monitoring of the safety of consumer products. Tests carried out on the fabric of the cushions found that it did not meet fire safety standards.

The following month in August 2010, trading standards took further samples of the fabric supplied to Daro and tests also found that the fabrics did not comply with the Furniture and Furnishing (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988

The fabric had been supplied by Clarkson Textiles Limited with a Certificate of Conformity stating that the fabrics had been tested and found to pass safety tests.

Councillor Ben Smith, cabinet member for environment said: “Daro Limited bought the fabric in good faith and believed it to comply until the tests carried out on behalf of trading standards showed otherwise.

“Clearly the fabric supplied by Clarkson Textiles Limited would not provide proper protection against the risk of fire and could have very serious consequences.

“Research shows that fire safety regulations save 54 fatalities a year and 780 fewer casualties each year and therefore compliance with them is vital. Anyone who has any concerns can get trading standards advice by calling 08454 040506.”