A FURNITURE firm with its headquarters in Kirklees has been fined thousands of pounds.
I-Sleep has been hauled before magistrates after a trading standards investigation into unsafe beds and sofas.
A number of other firms were also involved in the investigation.
Kirklees magistrates imposed fines and costs totalling £16,890 on multiple businesses across the North of England in relation to the importation, manufacture and supply of unsafe furniture.
The prosecution was brought by West Yorkshire Trading Standards in conjunction with North Yorkshire Trading Standards after they were alerted to the activities of a chain of furniture stores known as I-Sleep.
Many consumer complaints had been received leading to concerns over the business’s practices.
I-Sleep Ltd and its sole director Mr Wajid Hussain, of Mill Street East, Dewsbury, failed to supply basic information when requested by Trading Standards to demonstrate the safety of the sofas and mattresses being supplied. Trading Standards seized a number of items which were then submitted for testing against the safety requirements.
The case concerned a number of Sofas (Candy, Olaf, Deanos and Amy) and a Windsor mattress. The result of this testing showed the furniture failed to meet the flammability requirements.
Test reports highlighted multiple failures, escalating combustion with many of the samples needing to be forcibly extinguished.
Labelling on the furniture indicated that it complied with the safety standards, falsely giving consumers the impression that it was safe.
Checks were carried out across I-Sleep stores with unsafe goods found on sale in Dewsbury, Halifax, Wakefield, Bradford and Selby.
Subsequent investigations revealed a complex franchising agreement with further I-Sleep stores being owned by Goole Furnishings Ltd and Foxton Furniture Group Ltd.
Trading Standards were eventually able to trace back the supplier of the sofas to a Salford importer, R I Furniture Ltd and its director Piotr Felczak. All appeared in court alongside I-Sleep Ltd.
I-Sleep Ltd was also convicted of a further offence in relation to their terms and conditions.
All pleaded guilty to charges relating to the importation of unsafe furniture.
I-Sleep was fined a total of £2,200, Hussain £2,200, Foxton Furniture £600, Goole Furnishings £500 and Fleczak £400. They were also ordered to pay costs and victim surcharges.
Kirklees councillor Andrew Pinnock, of the Trading Standards Committee, said: “This case showed a blatant disregard by those involved in the supply chain for the safety of consumers, potentially putting lives at risk. All businesses are required to ensure that products they manufacture or supply are safe.”