Defence Force personnel should visit the new look Product Safety Australia website www.productsafety.gov.au to check if they have any of the 670 items recalled in the past 12 months.
Last year Australian suppliers recalled more than 180 cars, 120 grocery items and 80 electrical products. We saw unsafe items ranging from hoverboards to cots and vehicle jacks recalled. It is worth checking to see if any of these unsafe items are lurking in your home or garage.
When searching for recalls you will see the name of the product, who sold it, any identifying features such as a batch number or use-by date, a description of the hazard and what to do if you have the product. As a part of the recall, suppliers will usually offer you a repair, replacement or a refund.
The new product safety website is fully mobile responsive enabling you to keep up-to-date on the latest product recalls and safety information from any device.
We have upgraded the email alerts so you can specify the product categories of interest to you. Say you drive a Holden, you can sign up to receive emails about Holden recalls. If you are expecting a baby, you can sign to receive alerts and information about kids’ furniture. www.productsafety.gov.au/newsletter/subscribe.
The product safety website is also the place to go to report an unsafe product. www.productsafety.gov.au/contact-us/for- consumers/report-an- unsafe-product
Delia Rickard is Deputy Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.