Product Safety

ACCC investigating Takata airbag recall

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is urgently seeking information from the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development (DIRD) and car manufacturers regarding Takata airbags at the centre of the largest vehicle recall in history.

Since 2009, more than 2.3 million vehicles in Australia have become subject to the recall of airbags made by Japanese manufacturer, Takata. The airbags are in 60 makes of cars sold in Australia, including Honda, Toyota, BMW, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Lexus, Jeep, Nissan, Chrysler, and Dodge.

Polaris quad bikes recalled due to asbestos risk

Australian quad bike supplier Polaris has notified the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission of a recall of 12 models in its ‘youth’ range of quad bikes due to the presence of asbestos in component parts.

Polaris conducted recent testing in the USA which identified asbestos in brake pads, brake shoes, gaskets, and washers in some of its quad bike models.

The ACCC understands that approximately 13,000 of the affected quad bikes are believed to have been supplied in Australia since 31 December 2003.

ACCC acts on fire hazard cigarettes

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has accepted court enforceable undertakings from both Philip Morris Ltd (Philip Morris) and Zen Sensation Pty Ltd (Zen) not to supply cigarettes that do not meet the mandatory Reduced Fire Risk safety standard.

Philip Morris has also agreed to donate $300,000 to the NSW Rural Fire Service.  

Ladder safety matters

The national education campaign ‘Ladder safety matters’ encourages older Australian men to stop and think before they use a ladder. It’s often the split-second decision or risky shortcut that results in a fall.

Ladder safety matters poster

Ladder related injuries among men aged 65 years and older are steadily increasing in Australia.

Court orders penalties of $500,000 for online retailer Ozsale’s non-compliant children's nightwear

The Federal Court has ordered Ozsale Pty Ltd (Ozsale) pay penalties totalling $500,000 for supplying children’s nightwear which did not comply with the Australian mandatory safety standard.

Ozsale sold over 200 non-compliant garments to Australian consumers and had over 11,000 non-compliant garments available for supply to Australian consumers. Ozsale is a membership-based online retailer predominantly selling clothing which is sourced by purchasing excess inventory from mostly overseas suppliers.

Online Dealz and its director Janet Lucas to pay $120,000 in penalties for selling unsafe baby cots and strollers

The Federal Court has ordered Online Dealz Pty Ltd (Online Dealz) to pay a penalty of $100,000 for supplying a household cot, portable cot and stroller that did not comply with safety standards, and for making misleading representations in advertisements for the household cot, in proceedings brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

The Court also ordered Online Dealz’ sole director, Janet Lucas, to pay a penalty of $20,000 after finding that she was knowingly concerned in the conduct of Online Dealz in relation to the household cot.