List recalls recalled
A summary of consumer product recalls made over the last quarter of last year has been released by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).
Deputy Chair of the ACCC, Delia Rickard said 116 recalls were published on the Recalls Australia website from October to December last year.
“These recalls equate to more than 2.4 million individual products,” Ms Rickard said.
“Some of the big recalls negotiated by the ACCC in the December quarter included the recall of almost 200,000 portable DVD players.
“The ACCC warned that these DVD players could overheat and catch fire or explode during use.”
She said thousands of cars were also recalled late last year when defects that could lead to loss of control while driving were identified.
“Tens of thousands of child restraint anchor bolts were also recalled in the last quarter of 2012,” she said.
Ms Rickard said the recalled bolts were found to have the potential to fail in the event of an accident and cause injury to the child.
She said the ACCC was active in the marketplace, surveying products to check they complied with mandatory requirements and responding to complaints and other intelligence it received.
“Of the 2.4 million products removed from the supply chain during this quarter, almost half resulted from recalls the ACCC negotiated with suppliers,” she said.
“These negotiations were triggered by a range of factors, including consumer complaints, mandatory injury reports and ACCC product safety surveillance.”
The Recalls Australia website can be accessed at this PS News link.
Edition 346, 29 January 2013