One million Aussies still use these life-threatening products

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Australians could be at risk of injuries or even death from 6.6 million individual products currently under voluntary recall, with about half of these still likely to be found in people’s homes, new figures show.

Figures show that each year the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is notified of about 650 consumer product recalls, but only about half of affected products are returned to sellers, leaving one in four Australian households exposed to potential hazards.

The ACCC is recommending that the government strengthen the Australian Consumer Law by requiring businesses to comply with a “new safety duty”, which would mean businesses must take “reasonable steps” to ensure the products they sell are not unsafe.

“In Australia, two people die, and 145 people are injured every day by unsafe consumer products,” ACCC Commissioner Sarah Court said.

“Many people would be surprised to learn there is currently no law that requires businesses to not sell unsafe products.

“We believe prevention is better than cure, and that legally requiring businesses to take steps to ensure the safety of their products before they enter the market is needed to protect Australian consumers.”

The ACCC is part of a global OECD campaign on product recalls to raise awareness of the importance of making sure recalled products are removed from homes.

Australian consumers are encouraged to sign up to the Product Safety Australia website to receive product recall alerts and to register their products with manufacturers, where possible, to ensure they receive information straight away if a product is recalled.

“It is really important that people sign up to ACCC product safety alerts and register products with manufacturers, so they stay informed about recalls and can act to remove unsafe products from their homes,” Ms Court said.

“We also have the biggest recall in Australian history underway: potentially deadly Takata airbags can still found in about half a million cars. It is vital that consumers don’t ignore recall information if they receive a letter, email or text from a manufacturer.”

For more information visit productsafety.gov.au

Have you ever been injured by an unsafe product in your home? Should more be done to notify consumers of product recalls?

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    You could have put the product at the top of the article.

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    And yet we still allow import of products that are not tested to our standard then have to have a recall for “safety” concerns. Importers should be made to submit ALL imports to local testing to ensure they comply BEFORE being allowed to sell ANYTHING. Other countries do this. Who is preventing it happening here? Exemptions “may” made for products tested by a suitable independent organization.

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      If you look at the article recommended it is quite clear that not many other countries successfully test products. See what they recall and how many there are!

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    So the ACCC says “….there is currently no law that requires businesses to not sell unsafe products.
    We believe prevention is better than cure, and that legally requiring businesses to take steps to ensure the safety of their products before they enter the market is needed to protect Australian consumers.”

    So, why are they not pushing harder to get such laws??? Who is stopping this??? For example, did they ask the Better Regulation Minister in NSW?

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    It would have been good if you could have given us an idea of what some of the products are – before heading to the website offered.

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    So, where is a list of the products?

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    “We believe prevention is better than cure, and that legally requiring businesses to take steps to ensure the safety of their products before they enter the market is needed to protect Australian consumers.” says the Commissioner. So what is she doing about it?
    Obviously nothing, so why is she apparently concerned? Useless!
    Also the article is headed “… these life-threatening products…”. What products? Why not give some important examples?
    Or is it too much trouble?
    More drivel just copied from some uncredited source.


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