Product Safety

ACCC warns parents about quad bike dangers for kids

In the lead up to summer holidays, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is warning about the dangers of children riding quad bikes meant for adults.

Tragically, there have been 14 quad bike related deaths reported this year in Australia and three of these fatalities were children under 14.

“Children must never ride quad bikes intended for adults – either as drivers or passengers,” ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said.

ACCC warns of dangerous candle holders and decorations

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is urging consumers to watch out for flammable candle holders and decorations this Christmas.

Combustible candle holders can pose a fire risk if they catch on fire and remain on fire for more than five seconds instead of self-extinguishing.

“Candle holders and decorations that ignite from the heat of the candle are permanently banned from supply in Australia as they are extremely dangerous,” ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said.

Dateline Imports penalised for false or misleading representations about a hair straightening product

The Federal Court has ordered Dateline Imports Pty Ltd to pay penalties of $85,000 following action by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission for false or misleading representations.

The penalty follows the Court’s judgment on 30 July, which found that Dateline Imports contravened the Trade Practices Act 1974 (Cth) (now called the Competition and Consumer Act 2010) by making false or misleading representations about the amount of natural keratin in its Keratin Complex Smoothing Therapy hair straightening product.

Corded internal window coverings

This guide explains how either a cleat or a cord guide can be installed to keep loose cords secure.

Additional Infinity electrical cable safety recalls announced

State and territory safety regulators have announced additional recalls of Infinity cable. The cables do not comply with electrical safety standard, AS/NZS 5000, and expert advice is that they may become prematurely brittle and break if disturbed, exposing the internal conductors and potentially causing electrical shock or fires.

It is estimated that around 40,000 households and businesses may have been affected. The relevant periods of cable supply are: 2010-2013 (in NSW), 2011-2013 (in ACT), 2012-2013 (in VIC, QLD, SA and WA) and 2013 (in TAS).

The recalls cover:

ACCC updates Senate Estimates on national Infinity Cable recall

ACCC Chairman Rod Sims has updated Senators on a key area of work for the commission, whilst appearing before the Senate Economics committee estimates hearing.

As the national product safety regulator, the ACCC has recently taken the lead on a significant issue affecting around 40,000 houses and businesses across Australia.

Approximately 4000 km of Infinity and Olsent-branded Infinity electrical cables installed in houses failed ageing tests, and their substandard PVC protective insulation is expected to become prematurely brittle.

    Toys R Us pays penalty for supplying unsafe household cots

    Toys “R” Us Australia Pty Ltd (Toys R Us) has paid a penalty of $10,200 after the issue of an infringement notice by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in relation to the supply of ‘Nantucket 4-in-1’ household cots that did not comply with the mandatory safety standard.  Toys R Us has also provided a court enforceable undertaking to the ACCC.

    Toys R Us operates over 30 Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us stores throughout Australia, as well as an online Toys “R” Us store. It sold the Nantucket cots online and in its stores between February and November 2013.