Product safety: There’s an app for that


Here’s something for the Consumer Product Safety Commission to take note of.

Down Under, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has launched an iPhone app that provides customers with easily accessible information on recalled consumer goods.


Safety starts at the shops

According to ACCC, the Recalls Australia app is intended to help consumers keep track of product recalls and hazards as they shop — particularly out of store.

“For example, you could be at a garage sale where a recalled product might have unwittingly been made available for purchase,” ACCC deputy chairman Peter Kell said.

The app also allows users to report products they think are unsafe directly to the ACCC, which should reduce the time it takes for the watchdog to identify and respond to hazards. Making the most of the iPhone’s camera, users can send a photo of the product from their device.

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We have long campaigned to make safety information as accessible as possible, and this Australian example seems like a step in the right direction.

What do you think? Should the CPSC follow suit? Would you use an app like this?

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