09 October 2012

A furniture supplier has been fined £3,325 plus £2,675 costs following an investigation by Northamptonshire County Council’s trading standards service.

In February this year, trading standards purchased an Iowa sofa bed from a Northampton retailer and tests on the product found the cover fabric on the back of the seat did not meet furniture fire safety standards.

The sofa bed was imported and supplied to the retailer by Sweet Dreams (Nelson) Limited of Nelson, Lancashire who pleaded guilty to contravening the Consumer Protection Act 1987 at a hearing at Northampton Magistrates Court last Friday (5th October).

In 2010, trading standards carried out a purchase of the same product and tests had found the identical failure. The company was informed and understood to have taken action to avoid similar future occurrences.

Councillor Andre Gonzalez de Savage, county council cabinet member for infrastructure and public protection, said: “Research shows that these regulations save 54 fatalities and 780 casualties each year and therefore compliance with them is vital. The company failed to take proper steps to ensure they only supplied safe products.

“We will continue to carry out proactive tests to ensure consumers are protected from unsafe products. Anyone who wishes to report an unsafe product can inform trading standards by contacting the Citizens Advice consumer service on 08454 040506."