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Media releases from the last 3 months

  • Date: 11th May 2015
    The Office of Fair Trading is warning Queenslanders about the danger of buying second-hand products that may be unsafe or do not come with safety instructions or labels.
  • Date: 4th May 2015
    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is concerned that many unsuspecting home and business owners have degrading Infinity electrical cables installed in their premises, despite a nationwide recall of the dangerous product last year.
  • Date: 29th April 2015
    New South Wales Fair Trading is warning consumers with Samsung brand top loader washing machines to be aware of possible fire danger following a recent house fire in Ryde.
  • Date: 1st April 2015
    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is warning consumers that six models of ‘lunchbox’ gas cookers have defective over-pressure valves that pose a risk of explosion and injury.
  • Date: 31st March 2015
    Following legal proceedings filed by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission in the Federal Court, Online Dealz Pty Ltd (Online Dealz) and its director and sole shareholder Janet Lucas have provided undertakings to the Court to refrain from supplying baby cots and strollers which the ACCC alleges do not comply with mandatory safety standards pending further orders.
  • Date: 31st March 2015
    Before heading away for Easter holidays consumers are being encouraged to hop-to-it and return or discard any products that may have been recalled or deemed unsafe.
  • Date: 26th March 2015
    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is urging the community to get a licensed electrician to check if degrading Infinity electrical cables are installed in their homes or businesses, as recent progress reports show that only 179 premises have so far been rectified and approximately 5 per cent of the supplied cable remediated.
  • Date: 20th March 2015
    EnergySafety and Consumer Protection have issued a joint public warning to consumers not to buy or use portable butane ‘lunchbox’ type cookers due to safety concerns.
  • Date: 19th March 2015
    New South Wales Fair Trading is warning consumers to stay away from potentially lethal fake tongue studs.
  • Date: 19th March 2015
    The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is reminding Queenslanders about the dangers of ethanol-fuelled burners following another serious burn incident.
  • Date: 16th March 2015
    With two deaths and over 16,000 ingestion cases reported every year worldwide the ACCC, in partnership with international regulators, is urging parents to be careful when using and storing laundry products so they don’t accidentally harm children.
  • Date: 12th March 2015
    New South Wales Fair Trading is reminding consumers to be aware of the dangers of using portable butane gas cookers, following a public warning issued last week.
  • Date: 6th March 2015
    Consumer Protection is concerned that water absorbing polymer balls, toys and novelty items are posing a serious risk for young children.
  • Date: 6th March 2015
    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is alerting consumers to the dangers of water expanding balls after several children ingested them in Australia and required hospital treatment to have them removed.
  • Date: 4th March 2015
    New South Wales Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe is warning consumers not to buy portable butane ‘lunchbox’ type cookers due to safety issues, including overheating.

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