Media releases

24 Jul 2017

ACCC investigating Takata airbag recall

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is urgently seeking information from the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development (DIRD) and car manufacturers regarding Takata airbags at the centre of the largest vehicle recall in history.

10 Jul 2017

Safety standard for ethanol burners

A new safety standard for decorative alcohol-fuelled devices, also known as ethanol burners, will ensure consumers’ safety, Small Business Minister Michael McCormack says.

20 Jun 2017

Polaris quad bikes to be recalled due to asbestos risk

Australian quad bike supplier Polaris has notified the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission of a recall of 12 models in its ‘youth’ range of quad bikes due to the presence of asbestos in

29 May 2017

Thousands of homes remain at risk of house fires

Thousands of homeowners across Australia remain at risk of electrocution or house fires due to faulty Infinity electrical cables installed in their homes.

11 May 2017

Simpler standard for baby dummies and dummy chains

Babies’ dummies and dummy chains will be subject to a single product safety standard following a review by the consumer watchdog, Small Business Minister Michael McCormack says.

8 May 2017

E-cigarette companies to pay penalties

The Federal Court found that each of Joystick, Social-Lites and Elusion contravened the ACL by making representations that their products did not contain harmful carcinogens and toxins, when this was not the case.

20 Apr 2017

Kids’ nightwear safety boosted by new product standard

Children's nightwear has a new safety standard, with highly-flammable garments excluded from sale and better labelling for fire warning, Small Business Minister Michael McCormack says.

12 Apr 2017

NSW: Anchor furniture to keep our kids safe

Today, NSW Fair Trading and other consumer affairs agencies across the country are launching a campaign to ensure parents and carers know how to protect their children and prevent a serious accident from toppling furniture and TVs.

4 Apr 2017

Stay safe when using ‘occy straps’

The Minister for Small Business, the Hon Michael McCormack MP, has made a new safety standard for elastic luggage straps.

10 Mar 2017

Keeping kids’ soccer goals safe

Moveable soccer goals, which are subject to a safety standard due to the risk of toppling over, have been reviewed by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).