Product Safety

New safety standard for portable non-aerosol fire extinguishers

A new mandatory safety standard for portable non-aerosol fire extinguishers, published today, will improve existing performance and identification requirements, to reduce the risk of a fire extinguisher not operating correctly during a fire.

The new standard, issued by the Australian Government, replaces the existing standard and strengthens the safety requirements for the labelling and testing of non-aerosol fire extinguishers.

Crossfire undertakes to improve quad bike safety compliance

The ACCC has accepted a court-enforceable undertaking from quad bike supplier Crossfire Motorcycles Pty Limited (Crossfire), after it admitted to supplying quad bikes that do not comply with the quad bike safety standard. 

The non-compliance includes incorrect age recommendation warning labels, missing or non-compliant engine stop switches, missing reflex reflectors, and missing information in the owner’s manuals.

“Crossfire’s non-compliance presented a risk to quad bike operators including children,” ACCC Deputy Chair Mick Keogh said.

Caravan and motorhome owners reminded to check for deadly recalled water heaters

The ACCC is urging consumers who have a dual fuel gas/electric water heater in their caravan, motor home or horse campers to check for the dangerous Suburban-branded water heaters ahead of any post-lockdown holidays.

The ACCC is concerned that more than 50 per cent of these units might emit deadly odourless carbon monoxide if used in gas mode. Carbon monoxide poisoning can cause death, and short-term exposure can cause serious long-term injuries.

Regulators ramp up quad bike safety checks

Eighty-four per cent of quad bikes assessed by Australia’s consumer law regulators were compliant with the first stage of a new national safety standard that came into force in October last year, new figures from the ACCC reveal.

The ACCC and state and territory consumer protection agencies have coordinated national market surveillance to determine whether quad bike suppliers have complied with the stage 1 requirements of the Quad Bike Safety Standard.

Decathlon pays $1.5 million for selling sporting goods that did not comply with safety standards

The Federal Court has ordered Decathlon (Australia) Pty Ltd (Decathlon) to pay penalties of $1.5 million for selling sports and recreation goods that did not comply with applicable mandatory safety standards, in breach of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL).

Decathlon admitted that, between January 2016 and December 2019, it supplied 432 basketball rings and backboards and 307 portable swimming pools which did not comply with the relevant Australian mandatory safety standards.