Australia’s Competitors and Shopper Fee (ACCC) has warned patrons to maintain Apple AirTags away from younger kids, saying it’s too straightforward to take away a doubtlessly harmful battery from the tiny location trackers.
An ACCC assertion cautions that AirTags’ small lithium button batteries can severely injure kids in the event that they leak or turn out to be caught in a baby’s throat, nostril, or ear. It raises explicit considerations about Apple’s design making these batteries too readily accessible.
“The ACCC is anxious that the AirTag’s battery compartment might be accessible to younger kids, and the button battery eliminated with ease. As well as, the AirTag battery compartment’s lid doesn’t all the time safe absolutely on closing, and a particular sound performs when an AirTag’s lid is being closed, suggesting the lid is safe when it will not be.”
As 9to5Mac notes, Australian retailer Officeworks eliminated AirTags from its cabinets final month, citing security considerations. Apple has since added a brand new warning label to AirTag packaging, and the ACCC quotes Apple as saying that AirTags are “designed to fulfill worldwide baby security requirements.” The company states that it’s presently discussing questions of safety with Apple.
Many gadgets — together with AirTag opponents — use button batteries. Some corporations make them more durable to take away; Tile trackers, for example, require a paperclip or precision screwdriver to swap a battery. Australia lately launched new, stricter general security guidelines for gadgets utilizing button batteries, and Apple isn’t the one firm within the ACCC’s sights. Its assertion says that it’s “assessing whether or not there are points with button battery security in related Bluetooth monitoring gadgets,” and corporations that don’t meet the brand new requirements can have till June 2022 to conform.