Goodwear Limited imports clothing from China and distributes it to retailers throughout New Zealand, and are now under fire for missing or incorrect warning labels. The company is being charged with 16 cases, all under the Fair Trading Act 1986, relating to missing or incorrect fire warnings and other labelling on specifically children's clothing. The charges are applicable to 25 different garments of which Goodwear supplied or offered to supply several hundred units of these non-compliant garments between 1 July 2016 and 30 October 2017. Eleven of the 25 garments failed to comply with the product safety standard for a number of reasons. Eight of the garments required fire warning labels, but had none. Three had fire warning labels with incorrect wording. Twenty-two garments failed to comply with at least one of the consumer information standards; which include care labels, fibre content labels, and country of origin labels.
Between November 2016 and September 2017, Commission staff purchased 27 garments which had been supplied by Goodwear to two south Auckland retailers. The garments were sent for testing by the New Zealand Wool Testing Authority. Goodwear will be sentenced in the Papakura District Court at 11.45am on 23 November. As the matter is before the Court, the Commission will make no further comment at this time.