Apple insists AirTags are safe despite Officeworks ban – judge for yourself

Apple has responded to the Officeworks decision to suspend the sales of the company’s new AirTags saying the product meets international safety standards.

The AirTag – a small device that can help locate and track your belongings on Apple’s FindMy network – went on sale last week.

But, as reported in Gizmodo, Officeworks removed the AirTags due to safety concerns around the ease in which the button battery can be removed by a child.

Tech Guide has reviewed Apple’s AirTags which are about the size of an Australian 50 cent coin.

The rear silver panel is removeable to access and replace the battery.

To remove the panel, you need to press the panel turn it in an anti-clockwise direction.

Is this too easy for a child? Watch our video and decide for yourself.

“The Apple AirTag range will temporarily be unavailable for purchase from Officeworks,” Gizmodo was told in an email from Officeworks.

“The product will not be stocked by Officeworks until further guidance is provided from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.”

The Apple AirTags are still on sale at other retailers including JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman and Apple Stores.

“AirTag is designed to meet international child safety standards, including those in Australia, by requiring a two-step push and turn mechanism to access the user-replaceable battery,” an Apple spokesperson said.

“We are following the regulations closely and are working to ensure that our products will meet or exceed new standards, including those for package labelling well ahead of the timeline required.”

The ACCC says it is aware of Officeworks’ concerns and is looking into it and making contact with Apple.

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