30 July 2019
Around 64% of consumers bought counterfeit electrical products such as hair straighteners, mobile phone chargers and heaters from traders on the internet last year. These fake electrical goods often contain faulty parts that can cause the product to overheat and catch fire.
The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Electrical Home Safety, chaired by Caroline Harris MP is actively raising parliamentary awareness on these electrical safety issues and promoting the prevention of accidents with electricity.
Phil Lewis, ACG Director General attended the latest meeting and took the opportunity to describe the growing problem in relation to counterfeit electrical goods.
Also at the meeting was the Director of Corporate Reputation at Whirlpool, who outlined what the company had been doing to help protect consumers from faulty tumble dryers which had the potential to endanger owners.
Whirlpool is recalling tumble dryers at risk of catching fire following dozens of blazes. The tumble dryers have been sold under its Creda, Hotpoint, Indesit, Proline and Swan brands and were all made between April 1 2004 and September 30 2015. Many of the models are letting excess fluff touch the machines' heating elements.
Only one in three owners ever register their ownership with the manufacturer, therefore for Whirlpool to identify the actual number of dryers remaining in public use is very difficult.
The APPG agreed that a mandatory registration system, similar to the ones used in other countries, would have helped the situation.
Phil commented "It is important that any ongoing investigation looks at whether parts in the recalled units are counterfeit. This could have been the result of repairs carried out by non-Whirlpool service engineers.” Whirlpool agreed to look into this possibility.
An updated report will shortly be made to the Government.
ACG represents more than 3,000 brands affected by this influx of fakes into the UK and delivers an international network of information, advice and contacts on all aspects of IP protection. Working with Government and law enforcement agencies since 1980, ACG is focused on providing an effective and sustained response to counterfeiting.
Membership with the ACG is the best way to work with government and enforcement bodies to protect your brand. Our Roadshows and training days help you reach out to police, trading standards and border force officers and tell them about your genuine products.