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ACCC action on button cells

Posted on: March 11th, 2014

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is reminding parents and carers about the risks of button batteries. On 28 February Kidsafe Queensland launched its inaugural “Summer’s Day” to remember the children who die each year from unintentional, preventable injuries.

“Summer’s Day is named in memory of Summer Steer, a four-year-old girl who tragically lost her life in July last year after swallowing a button battery,” ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said.

“The ACCC has been working with the battery industry on a number of initiatives to improve the safety of button batteries. For example warnings on the packaging of lithium coin cell batteries which highlight the danger if these batteries are swallowed have been developed by the ACCC in conjunction with the battery industry. New packaging, including these warnings, is now starting to appear on products sold in Australia. The ACCC is also working with industry towards the introduction of child-resistant packaging for button batteries,” Ms Rickard said.

“The ACCC has been working with electrical safety regulators to mandate safer battery compartments in electronic equipment that uses a button battery and we expect to see progress in this area soon.”

More information is available from ACCC or the battery safety website.