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Consumer Council: Modified Pin Plugs A Worry

Consumer Council: Modified Pin Plugs A Worry
Consumer Council Of Fiji
April 21
11:00 2018

The Consumer Council of Fiji is warning traders to refrain from selling modi­fied pin plugs to consumers be­cause it poses a danger to their lives and their properties.

This follows a report lodged at the council where a pin plug, ad­justed by a trader, was not appro­priate for use in the socket flush board used in the country.

“Modified plugs can cause elec­trocution and other unwanted damage to the property, which could prove fatal for consumers particularly when active pins of plugs are not fully engaged in socket outlets,” council chief executive officer Premila Kumar said.

“A complaint was received against the modification of two pin plugs sold by an electronic shop in Suva. The complainant noticed the pins were twisted on the front ends and the plug could not completely attach to the sock­et. It was evident that the pins of plugs were intentionally twisted, as one varied from another.

“A gap of 0.5cm was measured between the plug and the socket flush. The council understands that this is a common practice by some traders who buy cheap unsafe electronic products and dump it in the Fiji market without any safety concern.”

In this case the council had no­tified Energy Fiji Limited (EFL) – formerly known as the Fiji Elec­tricity Authority – where an in­spection was carried out and the trader was informed to remove and stop the sale of such danger­ous electrical products. To coun­ter this risk, live pins must be insulated for a prescribed length of pin.

“The council strongly recom­mends the development of set standards to determine the types of electrical plugs and adapters that can be sold in Fiji. As such, this would refrain traders from importing and retailing substand­ard products to Fijian consum­ers,” Ms Kumar said.

“Consumers must also be alert and simply avoid buying prod­ucts that are not safe. They should thoroughly inspect products be­fore buying them.”

Consumers are advised to report such incidents to the council by calling the National Consumer Helpline toll-free number, 155 or visit any of its offices in Suva, Lautoka or Labasa.

Source: Consumer Council of Fiji

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