The Will Development Ltd (trading as Mobile Station)

Court Summary - at a glance

Date of offence:
26 September 2014
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Decision:
Convicted
 
Final decision date:
 
Fine imposed:
$5,000 x2 under Regulation 83
$5,000 under Regulation 84
$55,000 under Section 163C

Safety lessons learned:

Ensure that electrical goods supplied to the public comply with the relevant Electrical Safety legislation and regulations.

Defendant name:
The Will Development Ltd (trading as Mobile Station)
 
Industry:
Retail
 
Date of offence:
26 September 2014
 
Facts in brief:
The defendant company, trading as Mobile Station, operates a showroom in Auckland where customers can view mobile phones before purchasing the product online from the Hong Kong branch of the company.

The chargers that were included with the mobile phones supplied by the Mobile Station did not fit New Zealand power outlets. The Mobile Station also supplied adaptor plugs with the mobile phone package for customers to use the chargers in New Zealand.

The chargers were declared a medium-risk article, which cannot be supplied or offered for supply in New Zealand without a declaration of conformity. A declaration of conformity could not be issued for the chargers in this case because they were not configured to fit New Zealand power outlets as required by the relevant regulations.

The adaptor plugs were declared a high-risk article. The adaptor plugs were not approved for supply by WorkSafe NZ as required by the relevant regulations.

The adaptor plugs were also electrically unsafe because they did not have adequate protection from contact with live parts.
 
Offence section:
Regulations 83 and 10 of the Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010 x2
Regulations 84 and 10 of the Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010
Sections 163C and 80(2)(b) of the Electricity Act 1992
 
Date charged:

Court:
Auckland - District Court
 
Plea:
Guilty
 
Final decision date:
 
Decision:
Convicted
 
Fine imposed:
$5,000 x2 under Regulation 83
$5,000 under Regulation 84
$55,000 under Section 163C
 
Maximum fine available:
$500,000
 
Reparation:
Not applicable.