Product Safety

Assistant Treasurer issues safety warning about dangerous Monster High Ghouls nightie

The Assistant Treasurer, Michael Sukkar, has issued a Safety Warning Notice warning consumers about the serious risk of injury or death involved in the use of the children’s nightwear item ‘Monster High Ghouls nightie’. 

The Monster High Ghouls nightie is highly flammable and burns too quickly because it is made with fabric too heavy to be considered safe under applicable safety standards.

Decathlon in court for allegedly selling sporting goods which did not comply with safety standards

The ACCC has instituted Federal Court proceedings against Decathlon (Australia) Pty Ltd (Decathlon) for allegedly selling sports and recreation goods that did not comply with the applicable product safety standards, in breach of the Australian Consumer Law.

The ACCC alleges that between October 2016 and December 2019, Decathlon offered 14 models of basketball rings and backboards and five models of portable swimming pools for sale that failed to carry the safety labelling, consumer warnings or installation and use instructions required under applicable product safety standards.

New safety standard for aquatic toys

An updated mandatory safety standard for aquatic toys will help to better protect children using inflatable aquatic toys in and around water.

Children, in particular young children who often cannot swim, are at risk of drowning if their inflatable aquatic toy suddenly deflates when air is released through the air inlet. The hazard increases if children use an aquatic toy unsupervised or rely on it as if it were a flotation aid or other life-saving device.

New safety standard for projectile toys

An updated mandatory safety standard for projectile toys has been issued today, designed to protect children from serious eye injuries or choking from toys like bow and arrow sets and toy guns.

Suppliers are now able to choose to comply with either the latest Australian voluntary standard or listed overseas standards, which is estimated to save Australian businesses approximately $6.75 million per annum through greater access to global markets and reduced compliance costs.

Mercedes-Benz failed to initiate a recall of some vehicles with faulty Takata airbags

The ACCC has accepted a court-enforceable undertaking from Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific Pty Ltd (Mercedes-Benz), after Mercedes-Benz acknowledged it had failed to initiate a recall of certain C class and E class vehicles with faulty Takata airbags, due to spare parts availability, in accordance with the timeframe required under the Takata compulsory recall.

Penalties for allegedly selling or advertising recalled cars with dangerous Takata airbags

Three corporations, Grays Ecommerce Group Limited (Grays), Berwick Motor Group Pty Ltd (BMG) and HG Innovations Pty Ltd (HG Innovations), have paid penalties totalling $63,000 after the ACCC issued infringement notices against each business for allegedly selling or advertising vehicles under active recall as part of the Takata compulsory recall of vehicles fitted with defective Takata airbags.   

More than 250,000 vehicles with defective Takata airbags remaining for replacement

About 3.56 million defective Takata airbags have now been replaced as part of the compulsory recall, but more than seven per cent remain outstanding and the ACCC is urging consumers not to ignore or delay responding to recall notices.   

Figures released today show about 3.56 million airbags in 2.59 million vehicles were rectified as at the end of December 2019, with around 300,000 airbags in 256,000 vehicles still outstanding.