60% of USB power supplies fail quality inspection: survey

The quality of over 60 percent of USB power supplies sold in Taiwan is not up to standard, according to the results of a survey released Friday by the Cabinet's Consumer Protection Committee.

The committee warned that substandard USB power supplies may pose an electric shock hazard and urged consumers to make sure to buy products that have passed inspections by authorities.

Consumer ombudsman Wang Teh-ming said 28 products were selected randomly for inspection, with 17 failing quality tests and 22 failing to meet labeling requirements.

Nine products failed both the quality and labeling inspections, while only three passed both, and three of the substandard products had not previously received certification.

According to the Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection under the Ministry of Economic Affairs, all 17 products that failed quality tests have been ordered off store shelves.

Manufacturers that fail to recall their products can be fined between NT$100,000 and NT$1 million, and the three manufacturers whose products were being sold without formal approval will face a fine of between NT$200,000 and NT$2 million, the bureau said.

Most of the suppliers whose products failed to meet labeling requirements, meanwhile, are making improvements, consumer ombudswoman Chang Ying-mei said.

Unless corrections are made, manufacturers can be fined between NT$20,000 and NT$200,000 in accordance with the Commodity Labeling Act and between NT$100,000 and NT$1 million according to the Commodity Inspection Act, she said.