Cyprus authorities warn the public over an electrical travel adaptor, saying it fails to comply with safety guidelines and could cause electric shock according to CNA News Agency.
The government says it discovered that a multi socket adaptor, distributed locally by Smart Discount Shops, was being sold without complying to safety regulations, specifically the Low Voltage Directive (LVD) (2014/35/EU).
The adaptor has a red light that supposedly lights up when there is electric current. The model is number is GT-6133. It is a standard 13A adaptor, 250V, 50/60Hz.
Officials say the adaptor could cause electric shock.
“Consumers who have this product are urged to discontinue its use and return it immediately at the point of sale,” said CNA.
Authorities ask public to report shops
It was not immediately clear whether the item would be pulled off the shelves. Authorities are asking the public to call 22.800.522 or send to email to firstname.lastname@example.org if they need more details or if they know where this product is being sold.
Earlier this month, another travel adaptor was found to be ineffective with similar risks.
The LVD (2014/35/EU) ensures that electrical equipment within certain voltage limits provides a high level of protection for European citizens, by making available on the market electrical equipment designed for use within certain voltage limits.
The Republic of Cyprus is responsible for implementing and enforcing the LVD, as countries transpose the provisions of EU directives into their own national legislation.
The LVD applies to a wide range of electrical equipment for both consumer and professional usage, such as, household appliances, cables, power supply units, laser equipment,as well as certain components such as fuses.
EU legislation in the electrical sector is important to ensure that health and safety requirements are the same across Europe for products placed on the market.