London council is looking for a ban on the sale of “harmful” electrical bicycle chargers after a swathe have been discovered listed on Amazon, eBay and different on-line retailers.
Charity Electrical Security First discovered nearly 60 listings of chargers on Amazon Market, eBay, Want.com and AliExpress that aren’t thought of to fulfill the security customary.
The findings come after a string of fires within the capital have been associated to defective or incompatible e-bike chargers or batteries, prompting warnings from the London Fireplace Brigade.
In March it was revealed the brigade had responded to greater than 130 fires referring to e-bike batteries inside a yr.
Some of the notable fires began on the twelfth flooring of a block of flats in Shepherd’s Bush, West London in June. It was understood to be brought on by an e-bike that was charging in a person’s residence.
The findings have prompted Hammersmith and Fulham councillor Frances Umeh to name for the federal government to ban the sale of “harmful” chargers.
“They pose an elevated danger of fireplace to customers in addition to their neighbours,” the Cupboard member for housing and homelessness stated.
“These merchandise ought to by no means have been accessible on the market to UK consumers within the first place.”
Final month an e-bike battery is believed to have sparked a hearth that destroyed a North Finchley roof terrace and a part of a flat.
Additionally in August a person was taken to hospital following a home hearth involving an e-bike in Queen’s Park.
Charity Electrical Security First discovered 13 listings of unsafe merchandise on Amazon Market, 21 on eBay, 13 on Want.com and 12 on AliExpress.
The merchandise have been principally marketed as e-bike chargers, however some have been for a number of use, designed to cost the batteries of e-scooters or hoverboards.
The charging gadgets, marketed as equipment for e-bikes to energy up lithium-ion batteries, all failed to fulfill the required customary for UK plugs, with many showing to haven’t any fuse.
Plugs and not using a fuse haven’t any technique of slicing out within the occasion of a fault within the provide lead, leaving the patron uncovered to a critical danger of fireplace, the charity stated.
Martyn Allen, Technical Director of Electrical Security First, stated the charging gadgets have been a “potential catastrophe ready to occur”.
“These chargers we now have recognized on the market all pose an elevated danger of fireplace and electrical shock and may by no means have been accessible on the market to UK consumers within the first occasion.
“The shortage of significant regulation wanted to make sure on-line marketplaces are accountable for the security of products bought through their platforms is contributing considerably to harmful merchandise coming into individuals’s properties.”
Mr Allen referred to as for pressing authorities motion.
A number of the listings in query have since been taken down from the varied on-line marketplaces.
An eBay spokesperson stated: “We take product security extraordinarily critically, and welcome the data supplied to us by Electrical Security First about these merchandise. Along with our block filter algorithms and safety groups monitoring the positioning, we work intently with a variety of stakeholders to make sure eBay stays freed from unsafe merchandise.
“On this occasion, our shut working relationship with ESF and the Buying and selling Requirements workforce at Kensington & Chelsea Council enabled the swift removing of those merchandise.”
In the meantime an Amazon spokesperson stated: “Security is necessary to Amazon and we would like clients to buy with confidence on our shops. We’ve got proactive measures in place to stop suspicious or non-compliant merchandise from being listed and we monitor the merchandise bought in our shops for product security issues.
“When acceptable, we take away a product from the shop, attain out to sellers, producers, and authorities businesses for extra info, or take different actions. If clients have issues about an merchandise they’ve bought, we encourage them to contact our Buyer Service instantly so we will examine and take acceptable motion.”
AliExpress stated it had eliminated any non-compliant gadgets after being flagged by Electrical Security First. In the meantime Want.com stated it had requested retailers who bought the merchandise to supply extra complaince documentation and high-res product photographs.
Electrical Security First is a charity devoted to decreasing dying and harm brought on by electrical energy within the residence.
London Fireplace Brigade advises e-bike customers to retailer them in a shed or storage, and in the event that they need to be indoors, to verify a smoke alarm is fitted.
Individuals are additionally suggested to not cost e-bikes whereas sleeping.