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Media releases from the last 3 months

  • Date: 27th August 2014
    18 electrical retailers and wholesalers have today recalled Infinity cables after they failed electrical safety standards due to poor quality plastic insulation coating.
  • Date: 27th August 2014
    The Abbott Government welcomes the constructive work of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and the regulatory taskforce in reaching an agreement on the recall of electrical cable produced by Infinity Cables Co Pty Ltd.
  • Date: 27th August 2014
    Non-compliant electrical cable has been recalled nation-wide due to the risk of possible electric shock and fire.
  • Date: 13th August 2014
    Inspections of more than 1,000 show bag toys and novelty items have yielded just five non-compliant items, a decrease from previous years.
  • Date: 6th August 2014
    Two online traders have separately paid infringement notices and provided court enforceable undertakings to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission after admitting that they supplied household cots that did not comply with the mandatory safety standard.
  • Date: 5th August 2014
    New South Wales Fair Trading Minister Matthew Mason-Cox today is urging consumers to check their USB chargers following a national voluntary product recall of USB chargers previously sold by Officeworks.
  • Date: 5th August 2014
    NSW Fair Trading has joined forces with Kidsafe NSW to raise awareness of the danger posed by blind cords, with the distribution of 10,000 blind cord safety device kits underway.
  • Date: 1st August 2014
    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is alerting suppliers of children’s products to potential changes to three product safety standards (mandatory standards) for cots, prams and strollers and bunk beds.
  • Date: 28th July 2014
    The Queensland Office of Fair Trading is warning Queenslanders to be vigilant with their use of wheat bags and heat packs through not only the final month of winter, but all year round.
  • Date: 23rd July 2014
    The ACCC has inspected show bags ahead of tomorrow’s opening of Royal Darwin Show to ensure products meet safety requirements under the Australian Consumer Law
  • Date: 23rd July 2014
    New South Wales Minister for Fair Trading Matthew Mason-Cox today warned residents to be vigilant with wheat bags and heat packs following two related fire incidents last week.
  • Date: 16th July 2014
    NSW Fair Trading Minister Matthew Mason-Cox today urged owners of ethanol fireplaces to be vigilant this winter following reports of several incidents involving ethanol fireplaces in Queensland.
  • Date: 11th July 2014
    Intex International Group Pty Ltd has issued a Product Safety Recall for the promotional bracelets contained in the Territory Day merchandise packs, recently distributed through schools by the Northern Territory Government.
  • Date: 11th July 2014
    An investigation has been launched and a formal safety warning issued following several serious incidents involving ethanol fireplaces.
  • Date: 1st July 2014
    The ACCC has released a free do-it-yourself ‘Choke Check’ safety tool to help parents detect choking hazards for babies and toddlers.
  • Date: 22nd June 2014
    New South Wales Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe today issued a warning on baby sling carriers, in support of a Queensland-led national campaign.
  • Date: 20th June 2014
    Baby sling safety is at the centre of a new instructional film released by the Queensland Office of Fair Trading after three deaths in Australia were associated with the popular carriers.
  • Date: 19th June 2014
    EnergySafety has issued an update on the public warnings about dangerous switches used in some solar systems, issued on May 21 and May 23.
  • Date: 18th June 2014
    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is continuing to work with industry to reduce the risk of serious injuries and deaths of children swallowing coin-sized lithium button batteries.
  • Date: 17th June 2014
    South Australian parents are being warned about the severe dangers of children ingesting button batteries.
  • Date: 17th June 2014
    The Victorian Coalition Government, Monash Children’s Hospital and Kidsafe have joined forces to warn Victorian parents about the dangers of button batteries.
  • Date: 12th June 2014
    New South Wales Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe today issued a warning on recalled and dangerous electric heaters, including the Sunair model FHS35 plastic bodied fan heater recalled in 2009.
  • Date: 11th June 2014
    Following a fire at a Rose Bay unit last night, New South Wales Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe and Fire & Rescue NSW Commissioner Greg Mullins today reissued a warning on dangerous gas cabinet heaters.
  • Date: 4th June 2014
    New South Wales Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe is urging consumers to check the safety of their electric blankets, following a series of voluntary recalls in recent months.

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