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CFA submission on Lithium-ion battery safety

The Consumers’ Federation of Australia has made a submission to the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) on its Lithium-ion Battery Issues Paper.

The submission raises serious safety issues with lithium-ion batteries, which are becoming ubiquitous in homes, including in various power tools, eBikes, electric scooters, appliances in caravans and other personal devices including notebook computers.

Reports of fires linked to lithium-ion batteries not only raises product safety issues but will impact consumer trust in these products. A particular risk with li-ion batteries is that the fires are self-sustaining and difficult to put out.

The submission promotes high product safety standards to be enacted urgently.