Bella Rees and Summer Steer died after swallowing button batteries.
 
 
 
 
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Join the campaign for safe products

It should be illegal to sell unsafe products. No child should be put in hospital because of dangerous button batteries.

 

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

Products like button batteries have killed two children in Australia since 2013, and they've 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. 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. 

We'll be asking: How many more children will die or be maimed by button batteries and other dangerous products before this legal loophole is fixed?

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, six years later, children are still being injured and worse by button batteries. She is a powerful advocate for product safety law reform.

 

Click here to read their story.

 

Infographic depicting 10 household products with button batteries which failed CHOICE's safety tests.

 

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.

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.

We also want the voluntary code for button battery safety to be made mandatory, with fines for businesses who don't comply. Many children have been directly injured by button batteries, and two children in Australia have died. The risks of button batteries are extremely serious, and we know exactly how to make these products safe – keep the batteries secured. The voluntary code sets out how to do this, and it should be mandatory.

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.

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