Media releases

8 Dec 2009

ACCC leads national action to raise awareness of blind and curtain cord dangers

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is leading a nation-wide campaign to check and fix dangerous blind and curtain cords after two infants were strangled by cords earlier this year.
8 Dec 2009

Safety authorities warn consumers of blind cord danger

Consumers are being advised to keep looped blind and curtain cords out of reach of young children to prevent strangulation.
7 Dec 2009

Consumer Affairs inspects 10,000 toys in the lead up to Christmas

In the lead up to this Christmas Season, Northern Territory Consumer Affairs staff have been busy visiting stores that sell toys throughout the Territory to ensure they comply with Territory and National safety standards.
7 Dec 2009

Launch of blind cord strategy

The ACT will participate in a national strategy to raise awareness of the threat to infants and young children of loose blind and curtain cords and chains. Kidsafe ACT and the Office of Regulatory Services (ORS) will work together on a number of strategies which follow renewed concern after the recent deaths of two infants.
27 Nov 2009

Dangerous children’s toys stopped at border

Children’s toys containing dangerous levels of lead have been intercepted and seized in Melbourne as part of a joint agency operation.
26 Nov 2009

Toys not even fit for children on Santa's naughty list

Pre-Christmas safety testing has uncovered 21 toys or gift items that won’t make it to Santa’s sack this year.
13 Nov 2009

MacLaren recall prams in Australia

Consumer Affairs Director Dr Claire Noone has supported the decision of MacLaren prams being recalled in Australia, after it was reported they pose a risk of fingertip amputation to young children.
26 Oct 2009

Blind cord deaths can be prevented

Following the accidental death of a two year old in Victoria recently, parents and carers are advised to check the safety of blind cords in their homes, businesses, and community group facilities.
8 Oct 2009

ACCC accepts undertaking over breach of bicycle standard

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has accepted court enforceable undertakings from Dirt Works Australia Pty Limited after it acknowledged supplying bicycles that did not comply with the mandatory standard for pedal bicycles.
30 Sep 2009

Big W recalls flammable children's nightwear

Parents and carers have been urged to check children's sleepwear after Big W's recall of 27 styles incorrectly labelled as low fire danger.