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Indian govt issues order against Amazon, Flipkart for selling seat belt alarm stoppers Seat Belt

Indian govt issues order against Amazon, Flipkart for selling seat belt alarm stoppers

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 12 May 2023, 06:14 pm

New Delhi: The Centre has issued orders against top five e-commerce platforms - Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal, Shopclues and Meesho - for selling car seat belt alarm stopper clips stating that the clips compromise life and safety of consumers.

The Central Consumer Protection Authority (CCPA) headed by Chief Commissioner Nidhi Khare has held that selling such clips violate Consumer Protection Act, 2019.

"Taking note of the directions issued by CCPA, compliance reports were submitted by all five e-commerce entities. Based on the initiative of the CCPA, approximately 13,118 listings of car seat belt alarm stopper clips have been delisted from the e-commerce platforms," a media release from Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution said on Friday.

The issue of the sale of car seat belt alarm stopper clips came to the notice of CCPA by the Department of Consumer Affairs through the letter of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH).

The letter highlighted the issue of blatant sale of car seat belt alarm stopper clips and requested for action on errant vendors/online platforms and issuance of an advisory.

Rule 138 of Central Motor Vehicles Rules 1989 makes it mandatory to wear seat belts.

"It is imperative to say that using car seat belt alarm stopper clips can also be a hurdle for consumers seeking claim amounts in the cases of motor insurance policies, wherein an insurance company may deny the claim by citing the negligence of the claimant for using such clips," the Ministry said.

(With UNI inputs)

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