iTWire – ACCC goes live with product recalls iPhone app

by Brenton Currie Saturday, 29 October 2011 15:23

Your IT – Mobility

Page 1 of 2The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has entered the mobile era, launching yesterday an application for Apple’s iPhone that allows Australians to check the latest product recalls on the go.

ACCC launch Product Recall app for iPhone (Credit: ACCC/Apple)

In a statement yesterday afternoon, the ACCC confirmed the free ACCC Recalls Australia app [iTunes Link] had been made available and was developed on behalf of the organisation by the Slattery Media Group.

When first opened, the application downloads over 400 recent product recalls – which, as some have discovered, takes time and on 3G connections at times crashes the application. in total, startup of the app for the first time was around 1 minute on an ADSL2+ connection, though afterwards opening it only took a second or two.

Once downloaded however, users gain access to a list of the most recent product recalls announced by the ACCC across all categories including furniture, toys, food, drinks and parts and accessories. Users can also opt in to receive push notifications to be alerted when a new recall is announced.

“The app provides Australian consumers with easily searchable information on Australian consumer good recalls,” ACCC deputy chairman Peter Kell said in a statement.

“The recalls app is just one of the latest ways the ACCC is communicating product safety information to consumers and businesses.”