ACCC takes action against online suppliers of unsafe household cots
Two online traders have separately paid infringement notices and provided court enforceable undertakings to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission after admitting that they supplied household cots that did not comply with the mandatory safety standard.
The household cots were recalled after testing obtained by the ACCC identified a risk that infants might fall out of the cots, suffocate or become entrapped in the cots. Infants have died in unsafe cots in the past.
New Aim Pty Ltd, which trades as ‘OzPlaza.Living’, sold the ‘Wooden Sleigh 3-in-1 Baby Cot’ through its eBay store between June and September 2013. Le Tian, trading as ‘SavingForAussie’, sold the ‘Canterbury Cot’ through its eBay store between May and September 2013. New Aim Pty Ltd paid an infringement notice penalty of $10,200 and as a sole trader, Le Tian paid an infringement notice penalty of $2,040.
As part of their court-enforceable undertakings, New Aim and Le Tian both agreed to make further attempts to notify affected customers about the recalls, continue to offer free collection of affected cots and refunds to customers and implement consumer law compliance programs with a focus on developing product safety procedures. Each trader cooperated with the ACCC and initiated voluntary recalls shortly after being contacted.
More details are on the recalled cots are on the ACCC website.