The government said on Wednesday that these notices have been issued by the Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA) as part of its suo motu action. “Already 15 notices have been issued in respect of such violations,” a government statement said.
The cases have also been referred to the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) for taking necessary action under the BIS Act, 2016.
BIS has also issued three notices for violation of Quality Control Order (QCO) of domestic pressure cookers and two notices for violation of QCO for helmets.
Earlier, the CCPA had also issued a safety notice on December 6, 2021 to alert consumers to buy helmets, pressure cookers and LPG cylinders for not carrying a valid ‘ISI mark’ and for use as mandated by the central government. Violation of the prescribed standards was made aware. Goods that violate the mandatory standards can be treated as ‘defective’ under the Consumer Protection Act, 2019.
The government said the CCPA has decided to take up matters relating to sale or offer of sale goods as a matter of preventing unfair trade practices and protecting, promoting and enforcing the rights of consumers as a class which mandates mandatory violates standards.
As part of the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ celebrating 75 years of India’s independence, CCPA has launched a nationwide campaign to curb the sale of counterfeit and counterfeit goods. In this regard, the CCPA has written to district collectors across the country to investigate unfair trade practices and violation of consumer rights related to manufacture or sale of helmets, domestic pressure cookers and LPG cylinders.
The government said violation of the standards mandated by the QCOs could not only jeopardize public safety, it could also make consumers vulnerable to serious injuries.