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Product Recalls On Rise: ACCC

Product Recalls On Rise: ACCC

Product recalls are on the rise, new Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) figures reveal.

With a new Product Safety Australia Web site having launched, ACCC deputy chair Delia Rickard noted that in the last financial year there were 670 recalls in Australia compared to 596 in the previous year.

Cars were at the top of the number of recalls by product category, with 182 up from 169 year-on-year. By contrast IT, phones and multimedia numbered just 11, though that was up from nine last year.

Rickard stated that consumers can easily check recalls information. “Our study indicated that the first eight weeks following notification are the most important,” she said.

“During the first six-to-eight weeks of a recall campaign, more than 80 per cent of all products that are likely to come back are returned.”

“It doesn’t matter if you’re at home, work or on the go, as our new Product Safety site is fully mobile responsive, enabling you to keep up-to-date on the latest product recalls and safety information from any device,” Rickard commented.

“Businesses can also use this helpful tool to ensure that unsafe products are removed from shelves.” – Channel News

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