Australia wants tighter rules for unsafe items, including toys

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Australia wants tighter rules for unsafe items, including toys
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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) wants tighter rules for unsafe items, including some toys. The costs otherwise are too high, ToyHobbyRetailer reports.

There are too many risks and costs. ACCC estimates that the costs of injury and death because of unsafe consumer products is $5 billion per year or even more.

Every year in Australia there are around 780 deaths and 52 000 injuries due to unsafe products. Kids are among the most often injured by unsafe household items and toys.

Currently, in Australia is not illegal to sell unsafe products, the ACCC chair Rod Sims says. He adds, that there should be a law which bans unsafe products. “And for business, it will create a level playing field so that those firms who deliberately supply cheap but unsafe products do not derive a financial benefit,” Sims said.

Currently, the ACCC can do some preventive work and advice. It needs more from the law in order to be more effective in the overall safety.

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