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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 »

Top 10 Recent Articles

obese person

Scientists find potential key to overeating and sugar addiction

30 Jan 2015 | Could the solution to overeating and sugar addiction be just a short circuit away?  More »


Back to school (lunches)

28 Jan 2015 | Back to school for the kids, and back to making lunches for parents. CHOICE gives the lowdown on how to keep it simple and safe.  More »

Plane flies in the sky

ACCC investigates whether airlines misled consumers on fuel surcharges

27 Jan 2015 | Virgin Australia is the only airline so far to announce a fare restructure to adjust for the decline in global oil prices.  More »

healthy BBQ veggie skewers

Australia Day BBQ health star switches

23 Jan 2015 | We show you how to switch foods with low stars for more stars, so you can have a healthier Australia Day barbecue.  More »

woman takes fish oil capsule

Most fish oils have false omega-3 claims says study

22 Jan 2015 | A new study has found that only three out of 32 fish oil supplements had omega-3 levels that were equal to or more than the amount claimed on the label.   More »


Copyright Week 2015: a call to arms

21 Jan 2015 | When you buy most things you own them. They’re yours. But that’s not the case with digital files. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has organised Copyright Week to enlist consumer support for enshrining fair use provisions in law.  More »

salt shaker tipped over

Salt study taken with a grain of salt

21 Jan 2015 | A new study that claimed to demonstrate salt was not such a bad thing for older adults should be 'taken with a grain of salt', experts have said.  More »


Sizing up food packaging

20 Jan 2015 | With food and groceries the second biggest cost-of-living concern for Australian consumers, CHOICE compared a selection of groceries to show consumers how they can get more value at the supermarket.  More »


State of the States

20 Jan 2015 | NSW and the Northern Territory top CommSec's 'State of the States' report, while WA slips down the rankings in the September quarter.  More »

can of coca cola in the sand

Caffeine increases soft drink consumption: study

19 Jan 2015 | Research has found caffeine increases the amount of soft drinks one consumes, prompting calls for tighter regulation.   More »

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