/ 24 March 2021

Consumer safety watch outs

Out of all the things that could harm us in Australia – crocs, snakes, Married at First Sight – furniture doesn’t immediately spring to mind. But it’s on the consumer regulator’s list to make safer with about 50 Aussies a week – or 2,600 per year – receiving hospital treatment for injuries caused by falling furniture, including tumbling tellies. ACCC Chairman Rod Sims yesterday said unsafe cots and button batteries also require “more effective risk controls”. As for quad bikes – its “appalling and unacceptable” that there had been a record 23 fatalities linked to the fun machines last year. From October, they will need to be fitted with frames that better protect riders if they roll. The ACCC said it will conduct educational activities and work to ensure riders are complying with the new standards.

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