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Mobility scooters

02 Sep 2010 | Accidents, causing head injuries, fractures and fatality can occur on mobility scooters.  More »


2009 Bloopers

17 Dec 2009 | Some of the best (or worst, depending on your viewpoint) highlights from our 2009 CHOICE videos.  More »

Washing machine recall

15 Dec 2009 | See the list of washing machines that are being recalled.  More »


Maclaren stroller recall in USA

10 Nov 2009 | The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a voluntary recall of Maclaren strollers, due to the stroller’s hinge mechanism posing a fingertip amputation and laceration hazard to a child when the stroller is being unfolded.  More »

Costco opens in Australia

17 Jul 2009 | Thousands of shoppers were up early to throng the store, about three times the size of a large supermarket, to check out the hype of low prices and unusual product offerings such as grandfather clocks, diamond rings and king crab legs from Russia.  More »

Queensland bans energy inefficient air conditioners

03 Jul 2009 | The Queensland government has introduced a ban on the sale and installation of air-conditioning units that fail to achieve an energy efficiency ratio of 2.9 or higher – equivalent to a four-star energy rating – beginning September this year.  More »

Beware digital gold diggers

06 Nov 2009 | Unscrupulous types are selling over-priced set-top-boxes door-to-door with empty promises of Government reimbursement.   More »

Woolworths enters the mobile phone market

04 Aug 2009 | Woolworths has entered the mobile phone market, offering a new pre-paid service in conjunction with Optus.  More »

Children's snack bars unhealthy

31 Jul 2009 | Children’s snack bars can be as fattening as some chocolate bars, according to new research by Australian parents and a leading nutritionist, who are calling for better food labelling on the snacks.  More »

Phony SMS identity theft scam

23 Nov 2009 | Identity thieves are posing as bank officers to get your personal and financial details via SMS.  More »

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How to make a claim for cyclone damage

17 Apr 2014 | North Queensland is facing a massive recovery after Cyclone Ita. Follow our tips to lodge your home and contents insurance claim.   More »

TPG fails to give customers access to Triple Zero 000 emergency services

TPG fined over emergency number access denial

17 Apr 2014 | Some TPG customers didn't have access to 000 emergency numbers for six months.   More »


Google has admitted to scanning emails

17 Apr 2014 | Google has changed its terms of service and admitted to scanning the emails of Gmail users.   More »


SIDS research breakthrough

17 Apr 2014 | Researchers were looking at the presence and distribution of a protein called APP in the brain.  More »


Traditional Chinese herb found to reduce rheumatoid arthritis symptoms

16 Apr 2014 | A recent study showed the herb Tripterygium wilfordii was as effective in relieving rheumatoid arthritis symptoms as standard conventional medication methotrexate - with some reservations.  More »


Bitcoin ATM launches in Sydney

16 Apr 2014 | The first Bitcoin ATM has launched in Sydney allowing consumers to deposit and withdraw the bitcoin crypto-currency with "convenience".  More »

Heartbleed bug brings internet to its knees

Heartbleed bug an internet 'catastrophe'

16 Apr 2014 | The Heartbleed bug isn’t a problem with PCs or software, but with the internet itself, so antivirus software on your PC won’t fix it.   More »


Consumers ditch car insurance

16 Apr 2014 | More Australians compare car insurance before they renew their car insurance policies.  More »

Commonwealth Banks systems outage

Commonwealth Bank suffers outage

15 Apr 2014 | Commonwealth Bank suffers outage, leaving customers frustrated.  More »


Refund rights for cancelled Rolling Stones concerts

15 Apr 2014 | The postponing of The Rolling Stones Australian concerts has left consumers in the lurch. CHOICE looks at your rights when it comes to getting a refund.  More »

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