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Fair Trading urge consumers to keep eye on recalls

ACTING NSW Fair Trading Commissioner John Tansey is warning NSW consumers and businesses about recalled products that pose a threat to public safety and encouraging people to check the ACCC recalls website at www.recalls.gov.au for information or to subscribe for email alerts.

Current recalls range from Fantastic Furniture chairs that can slice limbs to hoverboards with unapproved chargers, faulty electrical Infinity and Olsen-branded Infinity cables, Samsung top-loading washing machines, Toyota power window master switches and Wedgwood Peter Rabbit silver plated baby rattles.

"The recalls website features recalls concerned with safety issues in products that could cause potential harm so it's an important resource for everyone to check," the Acting Commissioner said.

"Make sure you are not using recalled products. If you have bought a product that has been recalled you have certain rights depending on the way the recall is conducted, so check with the supplier for details."

If a product you buy is recalled, the supplier may offer you a full refund, a suitable replacement product of the same value, or a modification or repair of the product.

If you are having problems with a recalled product, contact the ACCC or NSW Fair Trading. Voluntary safety-related recalls are the responsibility of the supplier. Compulsory recalls of a product are ordered if it will or may cause injury to a person and where it appears the supplier has not taken satisfactory action to prevent the goods from causing injury.

Current recalls include:

• Powder coated steel 'Worx' chairs with welded frames that were sold by Fantastic Furniture and have tapering of the inside bottom of the chair legs that may lead to an entrapment or laceration hazard.

• Samsung top loading washing machines - The following model names manufactured in 2010, 2011, 2012 and some models in 2013 are affected: SW75V9WIP; SW65V9WIP; SW70SPWIP; SW80SPWIP; WA85GWGIP; WA85GWWIP

• Hoverboards - Eight recalled with more expected to be announced

• Infinity electrical cable - do not comply with Australian electrical safety standards. Expert advice is they may become prematurely brittle and break if disturbed, exposing the internal conductors and potentially causing electrical shock or fires.

• Power Window Master Switches in various makes and models of Toyota vehicles, including Camry, Camry Hybrid, Aurion, Corolla, RAV4 and Yaris that could result in a fire hazard.

• Wedgwood Peter Rabbit baby rattles could potentially pose a choking hazard to young children and are a serious risk.

• A number of butane gas cookers have been recalled - Butane gas cookers have previously caused severe burns and major injuries.

• Inside Out cinema novelty cups with potentially lethal button batteries. 15,000 cups have been sold by Event Cinemas since June 2015.




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