Safety recall notice issued on furniture from The Furniture Shack
Trading Standards have issued an immediate safety recall notice
on furniture bought from The Furniture Shack in Clydebank and
Parkhead Forge, Glasgow.
Tests on items seized by officers found they did not meet legal
flammability standards and trading standards officers advise anyone
who has bought furniture from the "Cosmo" and "Ferrera" ranges to
stop using it and contact Trading Standards.
Officers became suspicious about the safety of the furniture and
found that some items displayed in The Furniture Shack did not
carry the mandatory safety labels. Subsequent tests on goods seized
from the outlet carried out at a specialist laboratory in England,
showed that both suites are a fire hazard after failing safety
David McCulloch, Trading Standards Section Head says: "Our
immediate concern is for consumers who have bought any of these
items and to make sure they are made aware of the potential hazard
the furniture represent. We are currently seeking the co-operation
from The Furniture Shack to provide refunds to customers who have
bought these products. However, we are aware that both of their
shops have now closed."
Consumers who have bought these items or who have any concerns
about any furniture they have bought from this shop should seek
David McCulloch continued: "We will assist consumers in any way
we can, including giving advice on how to make a small claim
through the Court if necessary. However, our main priority is the
safety of consumers and their families and we would urge owners of
the unsafe furniture to stop using it and contact us."
Councillor Kath Ryall, Convener of Corporate Services said: "I
would strongly advise people to stop using the suites and to
contact their nearest trading standards department for advice as
soon as possible. Safety labels are required to confirm that the
furniture sold will not ignite when exposed to common household
ignition sources such as lit matches and cigarettes and clearly
these items do not have this protection. I understand how
frustrating and inconvenient this will be for many people but the
priority must be for their own safety and that of their
Fire safety regulations have been in force since 1988 and prior
to that, household fires caused by furniture catching fire were a
regular occurrence and the poisonous fumes given off by burning
foam was an additional hazard.
A third suite was recalled by The Furniture Shack in August from
their Luna range and anyone who has purchased from this range is
also advised to stop using it.
If you purchased any of the recalled items from the outlets in
Clydebank, Glasgow or online, please contact Trading Standards'
advice partner Citizens' Advice consumer helpline on 08454 040506
for further advice and information.
Further details of the unsafe items, including photographs for
easier identification, are available on the website of West
Dunbartonshire Council Trading Standards - www.west-dunbarton.gov.uk/law-and-licensing/trading-standards/
Page last update:
16 November 2012