Demand an end to dangerous button batteries
Button batteries have killed two children in Australia since 2013. These products have seriously injured scores more.
CHOICE testing in February 2019 found that 10 out of 17 common household products containing button batteries were not safe – children would be able to easily access, and swallow, the button batteries.
Why is this happening? Because it is not illegal to sell unsafe products in Australia. This means there aren't serious financial consequences for businesses doing the wrong thing.
With deadly button batteries, dangerous cots and strollers, exploding Thermomixes and Takata airbags all making headlines and injuring Australians, it’s clear we need stronger product safety laws in Australia.
This should be a priority for our leaders. When the federal election is complete, we'll go to Canberra with other passionate consumer advocates to present our petition to the consumer affairs minister.
We'll be asking: How many more children will die or be maimed by button batteries and other dangerous products before the Minister fixes this legal loophole?