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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has announced the product safety priorities for 2018 that aims to reduce the risk of unsafe goods entering the market.

The new policy sets out how the ACCC prioritizes and manages product safety risks. This year, they will be focusing on several critical issues facing Australian consumers:

  • Progressing reforms to the product safety provisions in the Australian Consumer Law (ACL)
  • Conducting surveillance to ensure businesses are not selling products that are banned or fail to meet safety standards
  • Improving the safety of quad bikes
  • Preventing children from swallowing button batteries from toys and other household products
  • Reducing deaths and injuries of children from unsafe baby walkers and unstable furniture and televisions (toppling furniture) ensuring better product safety outcomes for consumers in the online marketplace
  • Continuing to review and update current safety standards and bans
  • Ensuring better product safety outcomes for consumers in the online marketplace

The policies also include the following:

  • The compulsory recall of vehicles with Takata airbags
  • Developing strategies to support the voluntary recall of Infinity electrical cable and transitioning oversight to New South Wales Fair Trading

Additionally, ACCC also takes priority in introducing the General Safety Provision into Australian Consumer Law.

Further information on the Product Safety policy is at: ACCC 2018 Product Safety Priorities.

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