The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is urging parents to ensure Apple AirTags are kept out of the reach of young children. The agency has raised safety concerns with Apple about the accessibility and security of the button battery inside the tracking device.
The ACCC says it’s concerned that the AirTag’s battery compartment could be accessible to young children, and the button battery removed with ease. In addition, the AirTag battery compartment’s lid doesn’t always secure fully on closing. What’s more, a distinctive sound plays when an AirTag’s lid is being closed, suggesting the lid is secure when it may not be.
“We were also concerned that the outer product packaging does not have any warning about the presence and dangers of button batteries, and we note that Apple has now added a warning label to the AirTag’s packaging. However, this alone does not address our fundamental concerns about children being able to access the button batteries in these devices,” ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said in the press release.