The Australian Consumer Law Reform Commission has proposed that electric fans in residential and commercial buildings should be replaced with better quality products.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission says it will consider the recommendations and the Government should respond to it by early 2017.
The new proposal comes after the ACCC launched an investigation into the sale of electrical fans to consumers last year.
The ACCC said the devices could cause the electrical system to fail and, in some cases, cause the fan to run at dangerous speeds.
The agency also called for a new national standard for air purification systems and for an overhaul of the way consumer information is handled.
It said consumer data and privacy were at risk because of the unregulated sale of air purifiers.
“The ACCC has raised concerns about the unregulated use of air cleaners and air purifying products to promote air purifications, particularly in the context of air quality standards,” ACCC Chairperson Jessica MacKinnon said in a statement.
“We believe that information should be accessible by people who are able to afford to pay for it, so we need to ensure that people with more information about air quality, health and air quality controls are able.” “
A consumer advocacy group called Air Quality Australia says the ACCCs recommendations are welcome. “
We believe that information should be accessible by people who are able to afford to pay for it, so we need to ensure that people with more information about air quality, health and air quality controls are able.”
A consumer advocacy group called Air Quality Australia says the ACCCs recommendations are welcome.
It has called for an “international standard” to be developed to allow for more information sharing and a national air quality standard.
“Consumer protection is essential in a digital world where the information we have on air quality is constantly changing and often is hard to access,” the organisation said.
“For this reason, the ACCCS recommendation is welcome, and would help to make the information more readily available to consumers.”
The ACCCs proposed national air purifier standard would apply to all air purifies sold by Australian businesses and retailers.