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Browse product safety media releases published by the ACCC and state and territory consumer regulatory agencies.  You can browse media releases by:

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Media releases from the last 3 months

  • Date: 28th August 2015
    The ACCC has recently become aware of reports that some consumers with recalled Samsung washing machines have been offered a repair for their recalled machine, but not a replacement or refund.
  • Date: 28th August 2015
    The Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia has, in part, allowed an appeal by the ACCC against a decision of Justice Rangiah in the Federal Court, which had dismissed certain allegations against Dateline Imports Pty Ltd (Dateline Imports).
  • Date: 14th August 2015
    A house fire in Parmelia has prompted a joint warning from fire and product safety authorities in WA following the recall of certain models of Samsung top loader washing machines which could pose a serious fire hazard.
  • Date: 7th August 2015
    New South Wales Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe today issued a mandatory recall to 25 NSW traders that supplied Infinity brand cables and are not covered by the existing national recall.
  • Date: 6th August 2015
    Time is running out for thousands of Australian homes and businesses to find out if they have faulty electrical cabling before it poses a serious danger, the ACCC has warned.
  • Date: 23rd July 2015
    Minister responsible for Fair Trading Victor Dominello today announced a Government recall had been issued to Samsung regarding six top loader washing machine models.
  • Date: 22nd July 2015
    In an address to Master Builders Australia today, ACCC Deputy Chair Dr Michael Schaper said that the ACCC and its state and territory fair trading counterparts are engaging with building regulators to encourage safety-based procurement practices in the building product sector.
  • Date: 22nd July 2015
    The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has inspected more than 90 showbags ahead of the Royal Darwin Show to ensure products included in the bags meet mandatory safety requirements.
  • Date: 17th July 2015
    The ACCC is publishing a voluntary recall of the 15,000 ‘Inside Out’ illuminated cups that were sold as part of a promotion. The products were sold at Event Cinemas in NSW, QLD, SA, WA, ACT and NT between 17 June 2015 and 12 July 2015.
  • Date: 24th June 2015
    The Queensland Office of Fair Trading is reminding owners of ‘Blueline Solar’ branded solar systems to check their systems for recalled isolator switches.
  • Date: 9th June 2015
    The operator of the Spend a Penny stores has been prosecuted and ordered to pay a total of $4,540 for supplying baby toys that failed mandatory safety standards following an inspection by the state’s consumer watchdog.
  • Date: 2nd June 2015
    The Andrews Victorian Labor Government is putting Victorian traders on notice to keep banned or unsafe toys off their shelves, or risk hefty fines of up to $1.1 million.
  • Date: 2nd June 2015
    As another winter starts, the Office of Fair Trading is reminding Queenslanders to stay safe while using heaters, hot water bottles, electric blankets and children’s nightwear.

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