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BSMI and Consumers’Foundation publish inspection results for camping tent BSMI, MOEA July 18, 2018

  • Date:2019/01/18
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In recent years, camping has become a popular outdoor activity in Taiwan. To ensure product safety, the Bureau of Standards, Metrology & Inspection (BSMI) and Consumers’ Foundation Chinese Taipei together inspected 10 tents randomly bought from internet shops, retail store, shopping centers and wholesalers in the first quarter of 2018. The inspection results show that although all items are in conformity with the quality specifications, nine items of the Chinese labeling are failed.

Inspection standards
The BSMI said that breaking strength, water-proof property and penetration resistance were conducted based on CNS 12689 “Camping tent”. Meanwhile, the Chinese labeling inspection was conducted based on the Commodity Labeling Act.

Inspection results
The inspection results are as follows.
1) Quality test: All items were complied with the quality specifications
2) Chinese labeling: Nine items (number 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10) were not complied because they did not following information: information regarding the original manufacturer (number 3, 5, 7 and 10), place of origin (number 1, 5, 6, 7 and 10), main components or materials in Chinese (number 1, 2 and 3), main components or materials (number 5 and 7), net weight, capacity, quantity or measure (number 5 and 7) and date of manufacture (number 1, 3, 5, 7 and 10).

Follow-up procedures
The BSMI said that camping tent is not under mandatory inspection scheme. The nine items (number 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10) that did not meet the Chinese labeling standards will be dealt with according to the Commodity Labeling Act by Central Region Office of the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

Precautions when purchasing camping tent
The BSMI said that manufacturers are responsible for product safety and correct labeling. Consumers are also urged to pay attention to the following precautions when purchasing camping tents.

1) Make sure that the product has Chinese labeling and go through the contents from the label carefully.
2) Check if the Chinese labeling contains the following information: product name, the manufacturer or importer’s name, telephone number and address, as well as the product of origin.
3) Camping tents can be divided into three major categories: temporary shelter (for summer camping), tents for specific weather conditions (humid and windy environment) and all-weather style (tents that are made for mountain climbing, adventure trips, snow-covered areas and long stay). When choosing tents, consumers should take into consideration the number of users, the steps required in setting up and taking down the tent and the actual weather conditions.

The BSMI reminds consumers that acquiring more information about the products, more safety you are buying. For further information, please visit the BSMI Product Safety Internet at https://safety.bsmi.gov.tw or call the toll free number of 0800-007123.