Lidl fined over ‘unsafe’ furniture at store

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A supermarket chain has been fined £3,000 for selling furniture that failed safety tests from its Chesterfield store.

Lidl pleaded guilty to selling unsafe upholstered furniture which did not pass flammability requirements and to incorrectly labelling the items at its store in Foljambe Road.

Chesterfield magistrates fined the company £2,400 for selling unsafe furniture and £800 for the incorrect labelling charge. It was also ordered to pay £1,197 court costs.

The prosecution followed a test purchase of a chair bed from the shop in January.

Derbyshire County Council trading standards officers bought the chair bed and sent it for testing, which revealed it failed flammability and labelling requirements.

The furniture was promoted and sold by Lidl as a chair bed but checks carried out by the company’s German manufacturer were conducted as if it was a mattress, which involves different flammability and labelling requirements.

Tests independently commissioned by Lidl after the firm was informed by trading standards of the failed sample confirmed the product they had been selling did not comply with UK regulations.

Lidl had already sold around 5,400 of the products and later issued a nationwide product recall.

Coun Ellie Wilcox, deputy cabinet member for health and communities, said: “We are very pleased with the outcome of this prosecution.

“Selling furniture that fails flammability tests is very serious. Furniture that is flame-resistant or burns slowly can buy people vital minutes if they need to escape their homes because of a fire, potentially saving their lives.”

The council cautioned the firm six years earlier after a similar chair bed failed flammability tests.