Media releases

22 Dec 2015

45,047 recalled Samsung washing machines not located

Over two years since the recall of 144,000 Samsung washing machine was announced, 45 047 recalled Samsung washing machines have not been located in homes across Australia, posing a serious fire risk to the community.
19 Dec 2015

NSW: Mermaid Tail Safety Warning

New South Wales Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe and CHOICE are warning consumers of the potential dangers of mermaid tails, a water play product that binds a child’s legs and acts as a flipper so the child can swim like a mermaid.
18 Dec 2015

ACCC urges safe riding after quad bike deaths rise this year

To prevent quad bike accidents this summer, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is warning the community to be fully prepared, wear protective gear and ride safe.
16 Dec 2015

WA: ’Tis the season to be wary with children’s toys

Flashing decorations, jewellery, musical stockings and greeting cards are among the items that made it on to the naughty list during Consumer Protection’s annual pre-Christmas product safety inspections.
15 Dec 2015

Dangerous Infinity cables could degrade over summer

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is warning suppliers and installers of degrading Infinity cables, including DIY homeowners, to take action before months of hot weather could cause the cables to become brittle and put lives at risk. Property owners are also being urged to take action to avoid serious risks.
14 Dec 2015

QLD: Santa’s toy safety helpers

Queensland Office of Fair Trading (OFT) product safety inspectors have finished their annual state-wide Christmas toy safety checks – keeping your children in safe hands this Christmas.
14 Dec 2015

QLD: Don’t let the light go out this Christmas

In the lead up to the busiest festive time of the year, the Queensland Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is urging consumers to be mindful of what is lurking inside their decorations.
11 Dec 2015

NSW: Fines For Dangerous Toy Retailers

Hot on the heels of the publication of this year’s dangerous goods Christmas toys list, NSW Fair Trading has announced the successful prosecution of two retail outlets for selling non-compliant children’s toys resulting in costs and fines of more than $17,000.
10 Dec 2015

NSW: Christmas Crackdown On Dangerous Toys

Santa was on hand in Sydney’s west today as Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Victor Dominello announced a Christmas crackdown on the sale of dangerous toys.
10 Dec 2015

Stay safe on hoverboards

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is urging consumers to choose safe products when shopping this Christmas. New and unfamiliar products are often introduced to the market at this time of year. Consumers may get caught in the Christmas rush and not take the time that they should to read instructions or warning labels.