About half of Australian households are exposed to faulty products, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) warns.
And at least 10 residents are injured every day using such items.
“The number of Australians being injured by unsafe products is far too high,” ACCC Deputy Chairman Delia Rickard said. “Ten injuries a day due to defective products is alarming, but we suspect this is just the tip of the iceberg because many more consumers don’t report injuries to the product suppliers.”
The ACCC issued 613 product recalls involving more than 4.5 million items last financial year. There were 591 recalls in 2016/17, a spokesman told insuranceNEWS.com.au.
Car-related products topped the recall list with 171, followed by food and groceries on 68 and motorbikes on 36.