Thursday 29 September 2016

Almost 34,000 products were prevented from entering the Irish market due to safety concerns

Catherine Devine

Published 14/08/2016 | 11:45

Isolde Goggin of the CCPC Picture: David Conachy
Isolde Goggin of the CCPC Picture: David Conachy

Almost 34,000 products were stopped from entering the Irish market due to product safety concerns last year.

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The product safety orders were issued by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (the CCPC) which released its annual report today.

The report showed that 62 consumer enforcement actions were issued against traders for breaching the consumer protection legislation.

The second hand motor sector is an area of priority for the CCPC as a huge number of consumer protection issues arose last year.

 Isolde Goggin, Chairperson of the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission said:

“In 2015, we received over 3,500 contacts from consumers relating to the motor sector – issues range from difficulties with deposits and financing, to potential car clocking and/or the selling of crashed cars.

Goggin said that one contact lea to the CCPC opening an investigation which resulted in an individual being prosecuted for misleading a consumer about the mileage of a car.

“A number of Divisions across the CCPC are working together to ensure traders comply with relevant legislation and consumers are able to make better-informed purchasing decisions,” she said.

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