VIC: Company fined for supply of unsafe goods

7 Apr 2016

A former Altona North company has been penalised $60,000 for supplying a range of banned goods, including miniature motorbikes (also known as monkey bikes), and goods that did not comply with Australian safety standards. 

Consumer Affairs Victoria took action in the Federal Court of Australia seeking orders that Nightingale Electrics Pty Ltd be restrained from selling or supplying unsafe or banned goods, including miniature motor bikes, car jacks, trolley jacks, sunglasses, aquatic toys and portable swimming pools.

The court ordered that Nightingale Electrics pay a $60,000 fine and that the company and its director, Mr George Anderson, pay court costs of $15,000.

Mr Cohen said Nightingale Electrics breached product safety provisions of the Australian Consumer Law.

“Consumer Affairs Victoria inspectors seized almost 2000 items from Nightingale's warehouse that failed to comply with product safety standards and ban orders.

“All these products presented a serious risk to people’s safety.

“The court has ordered that these goods now be destroyed to protect consumers, and that the company pay a substantial fine,” Mr Cohen said.

Risks presented by these products include:

  • serious injury by mini motorbikes that lack safety features - a permanent ban on the sale of these products is in place
  • trolley and vehicle jacks that did not include prescribed warning notices which reduce the risk of death or serious injury
  • inflatable and portable pools which did not have mandatory child safety warnings can present an increased child drowning hazard.

For more information about product safety, view our Product safety for consumers page.

Businesses can also find out more on our Product safety page.

Contact details

Consumer Affairs Victoria Media Adviser
Telephone: 03 8684 8340
Consumer Affairs (VIC)