Consumer Durables News

Consumer protection: Consumer body CCPA sends show-cause notice to 5 EV makers for fire incidents

Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA) has sent show-cause notices to five electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers over cases of battery-powered units catching fire, CCPA chief commissioner Nidhi Khare said on Tuesday without revealing the names of companies.

“We have asked the companies the reasons for these fire catching incidents and why CCPA should not take action,” Khare said. This is in addition to the action being taken by the concerned ministries, she said.

Earlier, the central government had roped in Centre for Fire Explosive and Environment Safety (CFEES) to probe into the circumstances that led to EV fire incidents.

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is also investigating the matter.

CCPA has recently acted on violations of consumer rights, misleading advertisements, and unfair trade practices, issuing 129 notices and penalising five companies.

The two-year-old authority has earlier penalised several companies for selling substandard helmets.

It will take strict measures for ensuring the implementation of mandatory quality certification for consumer durables such as microwaves, gas stoves, sewing machines, immersion heaters, and other products, Khare said.

The country has seen a spate of electric two-wheeler fires, resulting in deaths and injuries to people, involving companies such as Jitendra EV, Pure EV, Okinawa Autotech and Ola Electric. Besides, there was a case of a Tata Nexon electric vehicle catching fire in Mumbai in June.

Source link

Leave a Comment