Product safety

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With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Many products we buy can be a danger to children. Often Consumer Protection voices concerns about small items such as parts that can choke, button batteries that can cause internal burns or potentially poisonous laundry detergent pods. But large items, such as furniture, also pose a big risk. Every year in Australia at least one...
Consumer Protection
Department News
05 Aug 2016
An interim ban on electrically unsafe self-balancing scooters, also known as hoverboards, has now been introduced as a mandatory standard for the next two years. Self-balancing scooters are also known as gliders, smart boards, sky walkers or mod boards. Most two-wheel scooters are manufactured in China and range in retail in price in Australia from $150 to $1,000. The original ban came into place...
Consumer Protection
Department News
29 Jul 2016
Western Australian Building Commissioner Peter Gow today announced that the Building Commission will carry out an independent audit of the use of Yuanda products in the WA construction industry, beginning with the Perth Children’s Hospital.
Building Commission
Media release
15 Jul 2016
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Tragically, between one and two children die in Australian homes every year as a result of blind or curtain cords that don’t comply with safety standards causing choking or strangulation. There are similar deaths occurring regularly across the world. That’s why Consumer Protection WA recently joined fellow Australian and...
Consumer Protection
Department News
04 Jul 2016
Stationery and toy retailer Smiggle has removed a button battery-powered yo-yo from stores in WA, and across Australia, to protect children from injury or death. A product safety recall of the YoYo Loco is due to concerns about how easily the battery compartment can be opened, allowing access to button batteries, which can kill or seriously hurt young children if swallowed. Smiggle advises that...
Consumer Protection
Media release
29 Jun 2016
Parents urged to measure cots to check if safety standards are being met Older cots that do not meet current safety standards should be destroyed New campaign launched to educate parents about the risks About 50 West Australian children are taken to hospital with cot-related injuries each year, prompting a new campaign to educate parents about the safety of second-hand cots. Commerce Minister...
Consumer Protection
Media release
17 May 2016
With Acting Commissioner for Consumer Protection David Hillyard Cots are supposed to be a place for babies to rest and sleep safely but Kidsafe WA reports that 51 children attended Princess Margaret Hospital in 2014/2015 with cot-related injuries. If you buy or receive a second-hand cot, it may not meet current Australian safety standards, increasing the risk of injury to any baby placed in that...
Consumer Protection
Department News
16 May 2016
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

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