Killer button batteries top ACCC hit list

By , 17/12/2018 16:21

ACCC Chairman Rod Sims says they will target unsafe products in such as button batteries.Potentially deadly button batteries and dangerous baby walkers are in the sights of ‘s consumer watchdog amid concerns about their safety.

The n Competition and Consumer Commission on Thursday listed the two on their product hit-list for 2018, alongside quad bikes and Takata airbags.

The ACCC wants to reduce the risks posed by small round batteries, which can kill or hurt a child within hours of being swallowed.

About 20 children end up in emergency departments every week after being exposed to the batteries, the watchdog said, with some dying from their injuries.

It also wants to work with state agencies to improve the safety of baby walkers and toppling furniture, with about 50 children said to be hospitalised weekly because of injuries from them.

The ACCC is also targeting defective Takata airbags, which have killed one person in and 23 worldwide.

The federal government issued a compulsory recall notice for vehicles fitted with the defective airbags earlier this year, but the ACCC says 2.3 million cars are yet to have them replaced.

It is also hoping to improve the safety of quad bikes, which are one of the leading causes of deaths on farms.

ACCC chairman Rod Sims says the watchdog is working to change safety laws in to ensure people are better protected from unsafe products.

“Most consumers are surprised to learn that it is not illegal to sell unsafe products in ,” he said in a statement on Thursday.

“We want to ensure that the goods and goods-related services supplied in are safe from the outset, and stop injuries and illnesses occurring in the first place.”

The commission receives about 10,600 product safety reports each year, including more than 3000 compulsory notices by businesses of deaths and injuries.

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