A FURNITURE business in Dewsbury has been convicted of selling beds and sofas that pose a fire risk.
I-Sleep Ltd, based at Mill Street East, was one of several firms involved in a trading standards prosecution.
Fines and costs totalling £16,890 were levied by magistrates following a ‘high volume’ of complaints from customers.
Charges were brought over the importation and supply of furniture that failed to meet flammability standards.
Unsafe goods were found for on sale at I-Sleep stores in Corporation Street, Dewsbury, and in Halifax, Wakefield, Bradford and Selby.
The Kirklees Magistrates’ Court hearing concerned sofas including the Candy, Olaf and Deanos models and a Windsor mattress.
Labelling indicated the furniture complied with safety requirements, but tests showed the goods were highly combustible.
Many items taken by trading standards for investigation suffered escalating fires in tests which had to be forcibly put out.
The business failed to act when provided with the test results and continued selling the unsafe items.
Trading Standards issued suspension notices ordering the shops to stop selling the items. These orders were ignored.
Checks also revealed a complex web of franchising, with some I-Sleep stores owned by Goole Furnishings Ltd and Foxton Furniture Ltd.
This was traced back to the original importer, Salford-based R I Furniture Ltd and its director Piotr Felczak.
All were in court with I-Sleep Ltd and its sole director Wajid Hussain. They pleaded guilty to importing unsafe goods.
I-Sleep Ltd were also found guilty of breaching consumer rights in their terms and conditions.
These implied a customer’s rights are restricted to a 14-day period after purchase, which is not true.
I-Sleep was fined £2,200, Hussain £2,200, Foxton Furniture £600, Fleczak £400 and Goole Furnishings £500. All have to pay costs as well.
Coun Andrew Pinnock (Lib Dem, Cleckheaton), who sits on West Yorkshire’s trading standards committee, condemned the breaches.
He said: “This case showed a blatant disregard by those involved in the supply chain for the safety of consumers.
"It potentially putting lives at risk. All businesses are required to ensure that products they manufacture or supply are safe.”