IKEA China fined 210,000 yuan for selling shoddy bedding

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The market regulator in Shanghai penalized IKEA China more than 210,000 yuan ($32,845) for selling defective bedding products, according to China Central Television (CCTV), citing a statement posted on the agency’s website.

According to the notification, the Swedish furniture giant was penalized for insufficient colorfastness of bedding products, with all 1,456 products sold out.

The defective quilt coverings and pillowslips were imported by IKEA China in January 2020, and they went on sale in March 2020. The corporation removed the products from its shelves in March 2021 and halted the importation of the commodities.

IKEA made illegal gains of 6,158.82 yuan through selling substandard products, which were confiscated by Shanghai’s Pudong New Area Administration for Market Regulation.

It wasn’t the first time IKEA China had been fined. According to the National Enterprise Credit Information Publicity System, Chinese market regulators punished IKEA four times between October 2017 and August 2021, totaling 650,000 yuan in fines.