Consumer watchdog slaps fine Rs 1 lakh penalty for selling non-BIS certified pressure cookers | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The national consumer watchdog, Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA), has slapped a fine of Rs 1 lakh on e-commerce giant, Amazon for allowing the sale of non-ISI or BIS certified pressure cookers on its online platform. It has also directed the company to notify consumers of all 2,265 such pressure cookers, recall and reimburse the amount paid by them.
The CCPA has directed the company to submit a compliance report in 45 days.
Manufacturing, storing and sale of more than 450 items including pressure cookers, helmets, gas cylinders, geysers and toys without obtaining the ISI standard mark is illegal under the law. The government brought all such items under the Quality Control Order (QCO) to ensure that no manufacturing or sale of non-standard items takes place.
Earlier, the consumer authority headed by its chief commissioner, Nidhi Khare had slapped a similar notice on Paytm Mall for selling pressure cookers which did not conform to compulsory BIS norms. It was also directed to recall the 39 such pressure cookers sold on its platform and to reimburse the price to consumers. The company had complied with the order.
In a statement, the CCPA said, the total fee earned by Amazon on sale of 2,265 pressure cookers through its platform was around Rs 6.15 lakh. It said , “Amazon admitted that it earned ‘sales commission’ fee for the pressure cookers sold on its platform. It was observed by CCPA that when Amazon earns commercially from each sale of the product listed on its e-commerce platform, it cannot disassociate itself in case of issues arising from sale of products through its platform.”
The CCPA had initiated suo-moto action against e-commerce platforms for sale of domestic pressure cookers in violation of compulsory standards on its e-commerce platforms and Flipkart, Shopclues and Snapdeal as well as to the sellers registered on these platforms for such violations.

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