Product safety

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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
Consumer Protection and WorkSafe have issued a warning after traces of asbestos were found in some imported crayons. Testing carried out by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and WorkSafe Victoria found asbestos at trace levels in the following products: Dora the Explorer personalised 32 pack crayons Dora the Explorer jumbo crayons Arti Crafti 16 piece crayons Peppa Pig 8...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Sep 2015
Western Australian children will have the difficult but fun task of choosing their favourites from 286 showbags at this year's IGA Perth Royal Show after they were given the all clear from safety inspectors. Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said after thorough checks by Consumer Protection and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, all showbags were deemed safe for children. "The...
Consumer Protection
Media release
09 Sep 2015
WA owners of recalled models of Samsung top loader washing machines are being advised by Consumer Protection to urgently seek a refund from their retailer or supplier. Consumers are no longer advised to seek a repair from Samsung and should instead organise to obtain a refund and the removal of the affected washing machine from their home as soon as possible. The models subjected to the recall...
Consumer Protection
Media release
31 Aug 2015
UPDATE: New advice to seek a refund or replacement has been issued since this blog was published. Please read the latest media statement: www.commerce.wa.gov.au/announcements/urgent-advice-owners-recalled-samsu... With Acting Consumer Protection Commissioner Gary Newcombe It has been more than two years since Samsung Australia recalled six models of top loading washing machines because they pose...
Consumer Protection
Department News
25 Aug 2015
UPDATE: New advice to seek a refund or replacement has been issued since this media statement was published. Latest at: www.commerce.wa.gov.au/announcements/urgent-advice-owners-recalled-samsu... A house fire in Parmelia has prompted a joint warning from fire and product safety authorities in WA following the recall of certain models of Samsung top loader washing machines which could pose a...
Consumer Protection
Media release
14 Aug 2015
Energy Safety and Consumer Protection have issued a joint public warning to consumers not to buy or use portable butane ‘lunchbox’ type cookers due to safety concerns. Director of Energy Safety Ken Bowron recommends consumers not to buy these types of portable cookers or, if they have already been purchased, discontinue their use immediately. “There is a serious risk of overheating and explosion...
Consumer Protection / EnergySafety
Media release
20 Mar 2015
Consumer Protection is concerned that water absorbing polymer balls, toys and novelty items are posing a serious risk for young children. These polymer balls that are sold in small crystal form (about the size of a dress pin head) were originally designed for the florist industry to hold flowers in place and create a colourful addition to the display. Some of these products are now being...
Consumer Protection
Media release
06 Mar 2015
A Seville Grove woman who was selling used baby products online has been given on-the-spot fines of $2,640 after several baby car seats and walkers offered for sale failed to meet safety regulations. The woman was selling about 50 second-hand products via Gumtree including car restraints, baby walkers and cots. Due to the high number of products offered for sale and the ongoing nature this was...
Consumer Protection
Media release
12 Feb 2015

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