Ecommerce retailer Container Door has fallen afoul of the Commerce Commission after supplying pedal bicycles which did not meet mandatory product safety standards.
Following a Commerce Commission investigation, it pleaded guilty to two representative charges under the Fair Trading Act 1986. Between 1 April and 23 November 2017, Container Door supplied 15 Huffy Cruiser bicycles that did not have a front brake installed and which were sold without required information:
- they were not marked with the manufacturer, importer or supplier’s details
- the packaging did not include a warning recommending that the bicycle be assembled by a skilled mechanic.
Container Door was proactive in recalling the bicycles, but in sentencing yesterday, Judge David Sharp described the offending as “highly careless”.
Commerce Commission general manager competition and consumer branch Antonia Horrocks says it’s important for traders to know their legal obligations and to operate compliance programmes to ensure they comply with the law.
More information about the product safety standards for pedal bicycles can be found here.