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Two online retail companies charged

The Commerce Commission has laid Fair Trading Act charges against retailers, Torpedo7 Limited (trading as 1-Day) and Container Door Limited for allegedly supplying bicycles without some safety information that should have been provided to consumers.

The Commission alleges that the bicycles failed to comply with the mandatory product safety standard for pedal bicycles which requires that certain bicycles must have front and rear brakes, and must be supplied along with specified safety information.

Torpedo7, the wholly-owned subsidiary of The Warehouse Group, faces two representative charges.

The Commission alleges that between 4 October and 17 November 2017, Torpedo7 (via its 1-Day website) advertised and subsequently supplied 53 100 Hang-Ten Cruiser bicycles that did not comply with the pedal bicycle product safety standard. It is alleged that none of the bicycles had a front brake installed, as required by the standard.

Torpedo7 will next appear at the Hamilton District Court on 20 June.

With regard to Container Door, the Commission alleges between 1 April and 23 November 2017, the company supplied 15 Huffy Cruiser bicycles that did not comply with the pedal bicycle product safety standard.

It is alleged that none of the bicycles had a front brake installed, as required by the standard. In addition, it is alleged that the bicycles did not comply with the standard because,first they were not marked with the manufacturer, importer or supplier’s details, and the packaging did not include a warning recommending that the bicycle be assembled by a skilled mechanic.

Container Door is an online-only seller of various consumer products, and will appear at the Auckland District Court on 18 June.

Both companies undertook recalls of the bicycles after being contacted by the Commission.