Chain of stores in Australia remove AirTags over safety fears

Apple AirTag. Little, so meh. Picture: Ed Hardy/Cult of Mac

A 167-store chain of workplace materials in Australia has suspended sales of Apples location-tracking AirTag product over issues about kid security.
Officeworks, which offers around 30,000+ items in its giant shops, confirmed that the “Apple AirTag variety will momentarily be unavailable” for purchase. This is supposedly due to how quickly the replaceable cell batteries can be removed from the item. And, most likely, swallowed.

Apple AirTag. Officeworks, which offers around 30,000+ products in its giant stores, confirmed that the “Apple AirTag variety will temporarily be not available” for purchase. Apple, nevertheless, has actually struck back at the grievance. “We are following the guidelines carefully and are working to guarantee that our products will meet or exceed brand-new standards, consisting of those for package labelling, well ahead of the timeline required.”

Officeworks told that, “The item will not be stocked by Officeworks up until more guidance is supplied from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. Officeworks continues to work with Apple to address any safety issues.”
Apple hits back at the grievance
Apple, however, has actually hit back at the grievance. “AirTag is created to meet worldwide kid security requirements, including those in Australia, by needing a 2 action push-and-turn mechanism to access the user-replaceable battery,” an Australian agent for the company stated in a statement. “We are following the policies closely and are working to make sure that our items will meet or surpass new requirements, consisting of those for package labelling, well ahead of the timeline needed.”

They stated that they had actually gone into one of the stores to ask about AirTags. “Eventually someone came downstairs from the workplace and described that the AirTags have been remembered due to security concerns of how quickly the button-cell battery can be eliminated by a child,” they kept in mind.


No blanket restriction has been put on the AirTag item in Australia. Australias Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) stated that business merchants should suspend and report products they consider to be hazardous when it comes to button cell batteries.
” The ACCC is conscious of reports raising concerns about the availability of button batteries in the Apple AirTag item,” checks out an ACCC statement. “If a supplier finds an item they supply is risky, the ACCC anticipates the supplier to perform a voluntary recall to advise customers of the threat, deal with the security concern, or eliminate the item from the market.”