AirTag, a tracker recently launched by tech giant Apple, has been taken off shelves in Australia because the device’s battery is easily accessible.
Australian chain store Officeworks has removed Apple AirTag from the sale. This product will not be available for purchase until further guidance is provided by the Australian Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (ACCC).
Apple’s new product has breached new Australian standards for button batteries. Although the rules have not yet fully come into force, the ACCC is already demanding that companies comply with them. The accepted standards require that any device with a battery compartment be designed so that children cannot open it, and to access the battery in the AirTag, simply turn the back cover of the label.
Apple says the AirTag is designed to “meet international child safety standards, including Australia,” using a push-and-turn mechanism to access the button battery. Apple will update its product packaging with a variety of warnings to get AirTag back on Australian shelves.