News

2 Jul 2018

Takata alpha airbags require immediate replacement

Consumers need to take immediate steps to have their airbags replaced if their car has a Takata ‘alpha’ airbag installed. Alpha bags are a higher risk subset of the Takata bags being recalled.

25 Jun 2018

Toppling furniture: lessons from toddler’s tragic death

Toddler Blake Shaw was killed when a freestanding bookcase fell on him in August 2016. His death provides a tragic reminder to all parents and carers to anchor unstable furniture and large TVs.

31 May 2018

Well winter safety tips

Many winter products can be unsafe if they are old, faulty or used incorrectly. Stay safe with our 'well winter' safety tips that can help Australians avoid burns, injury and death, while staying warm in the cooler months.

2 May 2018

Voluntary Takata-related recalls

A compulsory recall applies to vehicles and spare parts that have defective Takata airbags. In addition to the compulsory recall, there are two categories of voluntary Takata-related recalls.

11 Apr 2018

Thermomix ordered to pay penalties of more than $4.6 million

The Federal Court of Australia has ordered Thermomix In Australia Pty Ltd (Thermomix) to pay penalties totalling $4,608,500 for making false or misleading representations and misleading the public in relation to its Thermomix kitchen appliances.

3 Apr 2018

Vic: Program in place to address CO risk in Heritage gas heaters

Energy Safe Victoria is urging Victorians with either a Vulcan Heritage or a Pyrox Heritage gas heater in their home not to use them until they are tested by a qualified gasfitter.

22 Mar 2018

ACCC moves to improve quad bike safety

The ACCC has proposed major changes to improve the safety of quad bikes, including the introduction of a safety rating system, crush protection devices and mandatory minimum performance standards.

15 Mar 2018

ACCC targets quad bike, button battery and furniture safety

Chairman Rod Sims today announced the ACCC’s product safety priorities for 2018 at the National Consumer Congress in Sydney, and reaffirmed support for a general safety provision to be introduced in Australia law to reduce the risk of unsafe goods entering the market.

28 Feb 2018

Compulsory Takata airbag recalls affecting Australian drivers

Drivers are being urged to check if they are affected by the compulsory recall of vehicles with defective Takata airbags, which has been issued by the Assistant Minister to the Treasurer, the Hon Michael Sukkar.

2 Jan 2018

ACCC surveillance activity targets decorative alcohol fuelled devices

In August 2017, the ACCC undertook surveillance focussing on the supply of decorative alcohol fuelled devices, more commonly known as ethanol burners.