Experts at the VDE Institute performed safety tests on gardening tools and small household appliances from the internet. Their results: Experts found significant defects both in the products and in the operating instructions for 65 percent of the randomly inspected products – with fatal consequences for consumer health and life. The manufacturers of cheap products in the gardening tools and small household appliance categories either used unsuitable materials, inadequately followed safety aspects, or cut corners on workmanship.
"Two-thirds of the gardening tools and small household appliances that we randomly inspected are ticking time bombs. The detected flaws entail, among other things, damage to health, the risk of an electric shock and malfunctions", says Wolfgang Niedziella, Managing Director of the VDE Institute. Furthermore, all tested products had significant flaws in the operating instructions.
"Because of our commitment to consumer protection, it is even more important to point out that consumers should look for the safety marks of an independent testing institute. With the VDE triangle, the consumer knows that the product fulfils all safety requirements", adds Niedziella.