Australia stores remove AirTags over safety fears
AirTags are small. Image: Apple
” The ACCC understands reports raising issues about the ease of access of button batteries in the Apple AirTag product,” reads an ACCC statement. “If a supplier finds an item they provide is risky, the ACCC expects the supplier to conduct a voluntary recall to advise customers of the threat, deal with the security problem, or remove the product from the market.”
They said they went into one of the stores to ask about AirTags. “Eventually somebody came downstairs from the office and explained that the AirTags have actually been recalled due to safety concerns of how easily the button-cell battery can be gotten rid of by a kid,” they composed.
AirTags are tiny. So are their batteries. Photo: Apple
A chain of workplace supply stores in Australia suspended sales of Apples AirTag over child-safety issues.
Officeworks, which offers roughly 30,000 products in its 167 giant shops, confirmed that the “Apple AirTag variety will momentarily be unavailable” for purchase. This is supposedly due to how quickly the exchangeable cell batteries can be gotten rid of from the location-tracking tags. And, presumably, swallowed.
” AirTag is created to fulfill global kid safety standards, including those in Australia, by requiring a two step push-and-turn system to access the user-replaceable battery,” an Australian agent for the business stated in a declaration. “We are following the guidelines closely and are working to make sure that our items will fulfill or exceed brand-new standards, including those for package labelling, well ahead of the timeline needed.”
Australia did not put a blanket restriction the AirTags. But the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission stated merchants must suspend and report products they consider dangerous when it comes to button cell batteries.
Officeworks, which offers approximately 30,000 products in its 167 huge stores, confirmed that the “Apple AirTag variety will temporarily be not available” for purchase. “Eventually somebody came downstairs from the office and explained that the AirTags have actually been recalled due to safety concerns of how easily the button-cell battery can be eliminated by a kid,” they composed.
Officeworks told News.com.au “the product will not be equipped by Officeworks up until additional guidance is provided from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. Officeworks continues to deal with Apple to address any security issues.”
Apple counters at the grievance
Apple, nevertheless, stated AirTag abide by security requirements.