Buyer beware urged

One of the unsafe chargers.
One of the unsafe chargers.

Stores in these centres were on a list of WA stores identified as selling dangerous unapproved chargers and adaptors.

Red Finger at Thornlie Square was selling USB power supply chargers, The Aussie Man Cave Toys and Gifts at Gosnells Railway Markets universal travel adaptors, Tan Ly at Canning Vale Markets unmarked chargers and Phix Carousel KMS-AC09s.

Consumer Protection commissioner Anne Driscoll released the list after a two-week search for unapproved chargers on sale in WA after a NSW woman died, electrocuted while using one such charger.

Many of them closely resemble well-known brands.

Ms Driscoll said the 20 traders found selling the devices had removed them from sale, but her major concern was that potentially deadly products were already in homes and workplaces.

‘While we are confident that we have inspected all likely retail outlets, there may be some stores that could still be selling these dangerous products that we are not aware of, and they could also be available for sale on the internet,’ she said.

‘All consumers who have bought these products in recent months are urged to check that their device has Australian approval markings, has insulated plug pins and is safe to use.’

Find out more
– Full list of stores that sold the items is under Announcements at commerce.wa.gov.au
– Unapproved chargers and adaptors should be destroyed and disposed of immediately
– Recognise them using commerce.wa.gov.au/energysafety/electricalappliance-approval-marks
– If they are found on sale, call Consumer Protection on 1300 30 40 54 or EnergySafety on 6251 1900.