Warning Issued on Accidents Involving Secondhand Goods

Society

Tokyo, Aug. 30 (Jiji Press)--Amid the growth of Japan's secondhand market in line with the spread of flea market apps, the National Institute of Technology and Evaluation is warning about accidents involving used products, including home appliances and gas equipment.

Many such accidents result from users' lack of knowledge on how to use the secondhand goods they buy. Recalled products are also often involved.

According to NITE, at least 182 accidents involving secondhand goods, including gas stoves, folding bicycles and laundry machines, were confirmed in the five years through March 2018.

Of the total, six were fatal and seven led to serious injuries.

A fire due to a gas leak from a used gas stove occurred last year. The user, who had purchased the stove online, failed to notice that it was not equipped with a tap to turn off the gas.

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