Product Safety

ACCC welcomes safety and information standards for button batteries

The ACCC has welcomed the Federal Government’s decision to improve the safety of button batteries by introducing new safety regulations.

The decision was announced by Assistant Treasurer, the Hon. Michael Sukkar, today.

Under the new mandatory safety and information standards, products must have secure battery compartments to prevent children from gaining access to the batteries.

Caravan and motorhome owners urged to check for deadly faulty water heaters before the holidays

Consumers are urged to check their caravans and recreational vehicles (RVs) for dangerous Suburban-branded water heaters which may emit deadly carbon monoxide.

The Suburban Recreational Vehicle water heater can operate using electricity or gas, and may produce unsafe levels of carbon monoxide when gas is used to generate the heat.

Button batteries – tiny batteries, big danger

The ACCC is urging parents and carers to be aware of the serious risks associated with button batteries, as it launches its ‘Tiny batteries, Big danger’ safety campaign today.

In Australia, one child a month is seriously injured after swallowing or inserting a button battery, with some of them sustaining lifelong injuries. In Australia and globally, there is a growing record of injuries and deaths from button batteries.

Urgent safety warning about 6,000 Toyota Corollas just added to Takata recall

The ACCC is warning drivers of an urgent safety risk after about 6,000 Toyota Corollas were added to the existing compulsory recall for vehicles fitted with dangerous Takata PSAN airbags.

In late August in Sydney, two passengers suffered injuries including burns and cuts by flying metal shrapnel from a PSAN passenger airbag which misdeployed when a 2004 Toyota Corolla rear-ended another vehicle.

Quad bike fatalities have almost doubled in 2020 compared to last year

In the first six months of 2020, 14 people, including three children, have died in quad bike-related accidents in Australia, compared to eight in the whole of last year. Seven of this year’s fatalities have been in Queensland.

Quad bike accidents are the leading cause of death and severe injuries on Australian farms. Since 2011, 150 people have died from quad bike related accidents, 23 of whom have been children. In addition, six people present to hospital each day as a result of quad bike related injuries.