Following the death of a woman in NSW who was using her phone whilst it was connected to the power through a non-approved USB style charger, consumers and retailers have been warned to check that all such devices carry the Australian Safety Standard certification. Retailers can be fine $87,000 for selling illegal USB style charges, travel adaptors and power boards that are not approved.
Police have raided over 200 business and market stalls to confiscate and charge any offenders.
Last week the ANF warned newsagents that it is illegal to sell USB-style chargers, travel adaptors and power boards that are not approved by the Australian Safety Standards.
Note that only products that are more than 120 volts DC are required to meet Australian Standards. Chargers and devices 12 volt DC or less have no required regulation. Therefore connector cables and car charges are generally not required to have Australian Standards safety certification. Devices connecting to mains power are the ones to check for Safety standards.