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Mobility scooters

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

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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 »

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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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Axe the Australia Tax on second-hand cars

20 Oct 2014 | Australians are currently restricted from importing safe, second-hand cars from overseas. The government is considering removing these restrictions, which could lead to cheaper cars for Australians.  More »

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Apple unveils new iPads and Macs

17 Oct 2014 | Apple has added fingerprint ID security to its iPad range, along with updates to its iMac and Mac mini desktop computers and the new OS X Yosemite operating system.  More »

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New TPP document leaked

17 Oct 2014 | Yet again, the Australian public is forced to rely on leaked documents to find out what might be in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. CHOICE doesn’t think this is good enough, and calls on the Government to release the text while there’s still time.   More »

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Coles in more hot water from ACCC

16 Oct 2014 | Supermarket Coles is once again being taken to court by the ACCC for alleged unconscionable conduct towards suppliers.  More »

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World Osteoporosis Day 2014 focuses on men

16 Oct 2014 | A new report finds osteoporosis in men is often overlooked, yet they suffer greater consequences from fractures than women.  More »

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New warning on painkillers for dehydrated kids

15 Oct 2014 | Non-steroidal anti- inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can cause kidney damage in dehydrated people. Children's products now carry warning labels, and experts want the same on adult NSAIDs.  More »

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CHOICE announces the 2014 Shonky winners

14 Oct 2014 | CHOICE’s annual Shonky Award winners include Arnott’s Tim Tams, the Commonwealth Bank, Amazon’s Kindle Paperwhite, and S-26 Gold Toddler and Junior milks. Find out why they've taken out the awards no-one wants to win.   More »

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Banks in no hurry to take up superannuation reforms

13 Oct 2014 | A mere $13 billion in bank-owned and other retail funds has been transferred to MySuper funds, leaving $77 billion grandfathered in high cost funds.  More »

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Will health stars cross out heart ticks?

10 Oct 2014 | The future of the Heart Foundation's Tick Program is uncertain in the current health environment where the Health Star Rating system could soon be making an impact.  More »

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ASIC crackdown on life insurance

09 Oct 2014 | ASIC investigated the life insurance industry and found that consumers are more likely to get bad advice from advisers who receive high up-front commissions.  More »

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