International travel adaptor tests find serious issues

In the run-up to the Easter break, West Sussex Trading Standards are warning about the dangers of buying cheap electrical travel adaptors for use abroad.

The warning comes after Trading Standards Officers bought 10 adaptors from a range of high street and online suppliers and sent them for safety testing. Four in particular failed the testing – all of them posing a risk of electric shock from poor design and construction, as well as other safety issues.

Trading Standards Team Manager, Peter Aston, said: “The four outlets concerned, TK Maxx, Game, Bags ETC and Crawley Accessories, all did the responsible thing when told the results of our investigation and immediately issued product recalls.

“Usually when we undertake this sort of product testing, our advice to avoid problems is to buy from recognised names. However, in this case, even those from recognised stores failed safety tests. The only common factor was the cheapest ones failed.

“We would urge anyone who has bought travel adaptors from these outlets to check with the trader to see if their product is affected.”

Debbie Kennard, Cabinet Member for Stronger, Safer Communities, said: “These were worrying results and, in view of this, officers are in the process of purchasing more travel adaptors for testing.

“Our advice is clear: if you have bought one of the products, please stop using it and return it to the shop for a full refund.”

Although these adaptors came from four different outlets they represent only two products, each marketed under two different brand names.

More information about the products being recalled can be found on the retailers’ websites:

TK Maxx : “Travelon Universal Adaptor”

Game: “Charge Worx International Adaptor”

Bags ETC Ltd
“it luggage“ World Travel Adaptors with model number: 70-0808H96 (Barcode:5056003908510)

Crawley Accessories,  Queens Square,  Crawley

“Universal Travel Adaptor”

If you have bought a travel adaptor and have concerns about its safety, you can let Trading Standards know by calling Citizen’s Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506.


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