Antonio Bonacruz testing cots in the CHOICE testing lab.
 
 
 
 
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Join the campaign for safe products

It should be illegal to sell dangerous products. No one should be put in hospital because something they bought was unsafe.

 

Add your name to tell the Assistant Treasurer that businesses should have to make sure the things they sell in Australia are safe.

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Demand an end to dangerous products

Right now, it is not illegal to sell unsafe products in AustraliaThis means when you go to the shops or buy something online, you can’t be certain that the manufacturer has made sure it’s safe for use. 

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. That's why we're calling on the Assistant Treasurer to deliver better protections against dangerous products so that we can trust that the products we buy in Australia are safe. 

Summer Steer - product safety campaign

Andrea and Summer's story

Andrea's four-year-old daughter, Summer, died in 2013 after she swallowed a button battery. Andrea is frustrated that in the years since, children have been injured and worse by button batteries. She is a powerful advocate for product safety law reform.

 

Click here to read their story.

FAQs

We want a new law for safe products. This will be a simple, clear law that says if you’re a business who sells a product in Australia, it must be safe. If the law is breached, it should attract a hefty fine.

It will encourage businesses to think about the safety of their products earlier – with the threat of being hit with big fines if they don’t.

Under the current law, businesses tend to react to product safety problems. We want them to actively try to prevent them. We see individuals fight for remedies after a product injures them, or a business may launch a voluntary recall months or years after becoming aware of a safety risk. This isn’t good enough – we want safer markets.

This new law will give businesses a better incentive to make sure their products are safe before they start selling them.

If you want to know whether a product has been recalled, visit the ACCC's product safety website. You can sign up for alerts and updates from the ACCC here as well.

Bella Rees - product safety campaign

Allison and Bella's story

Allison's 14-month-old daughter, Bella, swallowed a button battery in 2015 and died as a result of the damage it caused when it lodged in her oesophagus. In the face of personal tragedy, Allison has become a passionate advocate for better product safety protections.

 

Click here to read their story.

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