This weeks rulings have been published. The following advertisers have been formally investigated by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).
Rulings for : 26 April 2017
- BMW (UK) Ltd – Upheld
A national press ad for the BMW 760Li xDrive, seen in the Telegraph Magazine on 14 January, featured the headline claim “LUXURY JUST LOST ITS MANNERS.” Further text stated “Introducing the BMW M760Li xDrive. M Performance TwinPower [sic] Turbo technology. 6.6 litre V12. 610 hp. 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds….
- Golden Charter Ltd – Upheld in part
A TV ad and paid-for Google ad for Golden Charter, a funeral plan provider, seen in September 2016:
- The TV ad included the voice-over claim, “Call now for an information pack … to find out why more people choose us for funeral plans over the Co-Op.”
- The paid-for Google ad was headed “Golden Charter…
- MENGLONG CHEN – Upheld
A listing by Menglong Chen, a lighting retailer, on www.ebay.co.uk, seen on 10 January 2017, showed various LED outdoor wall lamps alongside a Union Jack flag. Text at the top of the page stated “High Power, Daylight White Floodlight, UK Stock”. Text further down alongside the headings “Postage”,…
- Mountain Warehouse Ltd – Not Upheld
A website for a specialist outdoor retailer, www.mountainwarehouse.com, seen in January 2017, advertised a “Henry Mens [sic] Down Padded Jacket” and stated “Laboratory tested to – 30C. Heat & physical activity, exposure time & perspiration will affect performance and comfort”.
- On The Beach Ltd – Upheld
A website for an online travel agent On The Beach, www.onthebeach.co.uk, seen on 16 December 2016, promoted an apartment called Laguna Park 2. The page was headed “Laguna Park 2” and beside the text, three gold stars were shown. At the bottom of the page text stated “Official rating 2 star”.
- Victoria Plum Ltd – Upheld
A website for bathroom suppliers Victoria Plum, wwv.victoriaplum.com, seen on 19 December 2016, included the text “Up to 60 per cent off – Great Savings on Big Brand Names”. A number of brands were quoted in the ad which included Laura Ashley, The Bath Co, Mira Showers, Jacuzzi, Mode Bathrooms and Triton.<…
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Previous rulings: 19 April 2017