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Luggage straps (elastic)

Elastic luggage straps

Elastic luggage straps are elastic straps or cords with a hook, buckle or other fastening device at each end. These products are designed for securing luggage or other objects.

Elastic luggage straps can be dangerous products if used inappropriately. The most commonly reported injuries from elastic luggage straps occur to the eyes. These injuries can happen in situations where the strap is stretched beyond its capacity causing it to unhook and spring back at the user at high speed. To minimise this risk, there is a mandatory standard for these products in Australia.

Mandatory Standards

Mandatory Standards

The mandatory standard came into effect on 1 December 2004. It covers specific safety markings and labelling requirements for elastic luggage straps.
Recalls

Recalls

Check www.recalls.gov.au for any recalls related to this page.

Injury case studies

Date commenced: 10th February 2010
Death or serious injury can occur if an elastic luggage strap fails while carrying a heavy load.

Statistics

  • At least 140 cases of elastic strap related injuries presented at Victorian emergency departments from January 2000 to June 2009.
  • On average, 16 reported injuries per annum in Victoria occur as a result of elastic luggage straps.

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