Demand an end to dangerous button batteries
Button batteries have killed two children in Australia since 2013. These products have seriously injured scores more.
The industry knows they have a problem. There is a voluntary code that sets out exactly how to make products containing button batteries safe, but too many businesses are ignoring it. CHOICE testing in February 2019 found that 10 out of 17 common household products containing button batteries did not meet the requirements of the code – children would be able to easily access, and swallow, the button batteries.
Why is this happening? Because there aren't serious, financial consequences for businesses doing the wrong thing. The code is voluntary with no fines for non-compliance, and more broadly it is not illegal to sell unsafe products in Australia.
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.
How many more children will die or be maimed by button batteries and other dangerous products before this loophole in the law is fixed?