Trading standards officials have found a warehouse full of potentially life-threatening sofas and suites during a raid on a Birmingham warehouse.
The warehouse in Nechells was packed with furniture imported from China, with no fire safety certificates, tags or markings.
It means that the furniture, sold for between a few hundred pounds up to £2,000, could be a serious fire hazard in the home.
The company, which has not been named, has now been stopped from trading while officials investigate and test the furniture seized.
Officials found the business trading on the internet and carried out a routine inspection. They found a showroom with about 30 leather suites on display and more than 200 items wrapped and in storage ready for distribution.
The sofas were for sale to both the small furniture store trade in the Midlands and direct to customers.
The company is now being investigated under the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988
Trading standards officer Hannah Davies said: “We found a showroom upstairs with about 30 leather suites on display, most of them corner units, three-piece suites and the big foot rests. There were 200 more pieces still wrapped up downstairs.
“There were no tags or safety markings on anything – the sofas, the cushions, the foam inside. Under the legislation there needs to be a clear paper trail from manufacturer, to supplier, to the showroom.
“We must be able to trace anything sold in a shop in Birmingham back to the maker. But we have not been presented with any paperwork by the company.”
All sofas, even those sold second hand, must meet fire safety regulations, meaning that the fabric and filling has undergone safety tests. New sofas will have a fire safety label.