Product safety

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With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard You may have seen or heard about a Samsung washing fire at a rental property in Wanneroo recently. Early indications are that it was a top loader which is subject to a national product safety recall and I would like to use the case as a reminder about recalled products that pose a threat to public safety. Under the Australian...
Consumer Protection
Department News
27 Apr 2016
Western Australia has imposed an interim ban on hoverboards which fail to meet electrical safety standards after unsafe models were linked to four house fires. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said the 60-day ban in Western Australia supported the recent Australian Government's ban, covering sole traders as well as corporations. "The ban prevents the supply of hoverboards that don't meet safety...
Consumer Protection
Media release
11 Apr 2016
Consumer Protection is concerned that apathy over the recall of Samsung top loader washing machines is putting the lives of Western Australians at risk. Samsung has released figures showing that only half of WA owners of the affected machines have responded to the recall, leaving more than 6,500 dangerous units remaining in WA homes and continuing to pose a serious fire hazard. The recall...
Consumer Protection
Media release
19 Feb 2016
Consumer Protection has expressed concern about the safety of hoverboards and the fire risks associated with some models. Hoverboards, also known as self-balancing scooters, gliders or motorboards, are new to the market and were popular Christmas gifts, but caution is being urged when using and charging the device. Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard said six models which...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Jan 2016
Flashing decorations and jewellery and 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. We are urging the WA community to check button battery powered products twice because the lithium batteries, which are shiny and might look like sweets to toddlers, can kill or seriously...
Consumer Protection
Department News
23 Dec 2015
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. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin is urging the Western Australian community to check button battery powered products twice because the lithium batteries, which are shiny and might look like...
Consumer Protection
Media release
16 Dec 2015
The latest annual Royal Life Saving Society drowning report found swimming pool drowning deaths have increased in Western Australia. Consumer Protection joins the campaign to highlight strong summer safety messages that NEED to be heard by the community. Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard says while the words ‘sun’ and ‘swimming’ go hand in hand, ‘supervision’ and ‘safety...
Consumer Protection
Media release
10 Dec 2015
With Acting Consumer Protection Commissioner Gary Newcombe Due to their popularity at Halloween-time, I recently used my weekly Community News column to remind consumers to have their eyes open to the potential safety risk posed by short-term wear lenses that allow you to change your eye colour temporarily, or to display a fun pattern over your iris. This week a Facebook post by a mum in the UK,...
Consumer Protection
Department News
10 Nov 2015
Major national retailer Spotlight has removed a toy powered by button batteries from its shelves after Consumer Protection expressed safety concerns. Product safety officers at Consumer Protection found the toy, Rainbow Light Wand , broke open easily when dropped. This exposed the button batteries in the toy which poses a danger for young children if swallowed. Acting Commissioner for Consumer...
Consumer Protection
Media release
08 Oct 2015
Three quad bike deaths in Western Australia so far this year have prompted a joint warning from Consumer Protection and WorkSafe about the dangers of these off-road vehicles. Details of this year’s fatalities in WA, according to Safe Work Australia, include: 6 year old boy died in a rollover on a farming property near Southern Cross on 20 April 2015 67 year old man died in a collision while...
Consumer Protection
Media release
22 Sep 2015

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