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Torin Big Red Bottle Jack


https://www.accc.gov.au/media-release/big-red-jacks-pays-penalty-for-alleged-breach-of-mandatory-safety-standard?fbclid=IwAR1O1MnK5G0YC-a16-zbyUmisAWuEVSAEvrTaWJCBL9QdbSY38c4I3ibdrE

The ACCC alleged that Big Red Jacks supplied a Torin Big Red 4 ton double ram bottle jack (4 Ton Jack) which did not comply with both labelling and performance requirements for vehicle jacks because:

  • the jack was not permanently and legibly marked with specified instructions regarding its operation and its working load limit; and
  • the overload protection function did not operate in some instances until the weight placed on the jack reached 8,450 kg, when its nominated capacity was 4,000 kg. Where fitted, the overload protection function must activate when the jack is subjected to a force no greater than 15 per cent of its nominated capacity (that is, between 4000 kg and 4600 kg for the 4 Ton Jack).

Vehicle jacks that do not comply with the mandatory standard pose a very serious risk of injury or death to consumers using them, ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said.

The mandatory standard in relation to vehicle jacks up to eight tonnes is designed to reduce the risk of injury and death arising from poor product quality and a lack of warnings about the dangers associated with the use of vehicle jacks.

At least 120 people have died from do-it-yourself car maintenance accidents since 2000, many of whom have been crushed and killed while working under their cars and using equipment incorrectly, Ms Rickard said.



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