Friday, May 12, 2023

Following CCPA demands, online retailers delist 13,000 seat belt alarm stopper clips

 NEW DELHI: After the Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA) issued orders to stop their sale, 13,118 seatbelt alarm clips have been delisted by five major e-commerce platforms: Amazon, Flipkart, Meesho, Snapdeal, and Shopclues. The clips, according to the CCPA, violate the Consumer Protection Act and put the lives of car passengers in danger.

Amazon has removed a maximum of 8,095 of these alarm clips from its platforms, followed by Flipkart (approximately 5,000) and Meesho (21).

The CCPA headed by its main official, Nidhi Khare had given the orders subsequent to doing examinations. After the road transportation ministry raised the issue, the consumer affairs ministry brought the issue of the sale of car seat belt alarm stopper clips to the attention of the CCPA. The ministry's letter called attention to the problem of blatantly selling alarm stopper clips for car seat belts and asked for action on illegal vendors and online platforms as well as an advisory.

All passengers in automobiles are required to wear seat belts in accordance with the Central Motor Vehicles Rules. Online sales, on the other hand, of products that put the safety of passengers at risk by stopping the alarm when they are not wearing seat belts can be risky to consumers' lives and safety.

“It is essential to point out that using alarm stopper clips for car seat belts can also be a challenge for customers seeking claim amounts under motor insurance policies. An insurance company may deny a claim by citing the claimant's negligence for using such clips. Utilizing a safety belt likewise goes about as a restriction that permits the airbag to give legitimate pad and not hit the travelers at full power which likewise functions as a defensive safeguard in the event of impacts," the shopper issues service said.

The CCPA notified the director general of investigation (CCPA) of the violation after becoming aware of it. CCPA directed e-commerce platforms to permanently remove all car seat belt alarm stopper clips and associated motor vehicle components that pose a threat to the public's and passengers' safety on the basis of the investigation report's recommendation and submissions. In addition, they were instructed to provide a compliance report on the directions and details of the sellers, as well as details of the actions taken against the sellers of such products.

According to the consistence reports presented by each of the five internet business substances, around 13,118 postings of vehicle safety belt alert plug cuts have been delisted from the online business stages.

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