Company director who sold pushchair to staff member at Stevenage’s Lister Hospital fined for safety breach

A pushchair was sold by the firm to Lister Hospital in Stevenage

A pushchair was sold by the firm to Lister Hospital in Stevenage - Credit: Archant

A company director has been fined almost £3,000 after selling a pushchair which breached safety regulations.

Richard Austin, director of the now defunct Progom Ltd, was fined £2,902 at Watford Magistrates’ Court last week after pleading guilty to breaching the General Product Safety Regulations 2005.

The 62-year-old, who lives in Manor Road in the Worcestershire village of Wickhamford, sold a Kidzmotion Bambini Cinque Pushchair to a member of staff at Lister Hospital in Stevenage.

Following their a complaint, a test purchasing operation revealed the pushchair was supplied without the producer’s address, a product reference or batch number, or its packaging.

In mitigation, the court heard that the company had stopped trading and Austin was bearing the brunt of the responsibility for the failures.

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This was his first run in with Hertfordshire Trading Standards and he was acting with them to try and put matters right.

Richard Thake, cabinet member for community safety at Herts County Council, said: “The name and address being marked is important as this allows consumers to make the producer aware of any risks the product poses. The producer could then take action, such as warning customers or withdrawing or recalling the products.”

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