ACCC launches Recalls app for Australian consumers
The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission has recently launched an app that looks to really be quite handy. It picks up on things that the consumer watchdog has been conducting recalls for and pushes the information straight to your phone. Quite handy if you ask me.
ACCC deputy chair Delia Rickard has said:
The launch of this free app means people using an Android phone can now quickly and easily check Australian product recalls from their mobile phone.
She goes on to speak about the potential benefits in the home and in the business place:
Knowing when products are recalled means consumers can act quickly to remove potentially harmful products from their homes … Businesses will also find the app a useful additional tool to ensure that products are removed from shelves.
The app provides quite a few features and details about certain products. It lists the product name, where it was officially sold, identifying features, batch numbers and a description of the hazard at hand. While this is quite a welcomed addition and shows that the ACCC is moving into the technical age, it really does not provide users with all too much. The app does what your computer would do but essentially shows you less and on a smaller screen.
However, there is one major positive that I do see. The app provides users with the ability to check products that they may view as potentially being unsafe for use on the go. Looking to buy a new fridge but the wires seem faulty? You could check the app just to make sure.