Electrical appliances, electrical appliances parts, electric appliances regulators are in favour of a change to rules.
Electrical appliances, electric appliance parts, electrical appliance regulators are all in favour.
They say it would give consumers more control over the type of electricity they use.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) wants to be allowed to regulate the products they use, like refrigerators and air conditioners, but the industry and some consumers say there should be some regulatory controls.
Electrical appliance parts Electrical appliances parts and electrical appliance accessories are considered to be part of the electrical appliance industry.
In 2017, the CPSC said it wanted to be able to regulate appliances.
This year, it proposed to be exempt from a set of rules covering electrical appliances.
It also proposed a ban on charging electric appliances.
Consumer advocacy group Consumers Union said the changes were an “overreach” for the industry.
“It’s an attempt to rewrite the rules in a way that will enable the industry to continue to exploit consumers without being held accountable for their actions,” it said.
Consumer groups, including the Australian Consumer Lawyers Association, say the changes are an attempt by the industry lobby group, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), to gain regulatory control over consumers.
NEMA’s head of regulatory affairs, Dr David O’Connor, told the ABC the group would fight the proposed changes.
“We are opposed to these proposals and our legal team is fully committed to defending them vigorously,” he said.
Mr O’Connors said the proposed rules would make it harder for consumers to take action against the manufacturer.
Consumer advocates want to see changes to the law.
“They are an overreach and a blatant attempt by a lobby group to rewrite legislation,” consumer advocacy group Consumer Watch said.
“If you look at the proposed rule changes, they would create a new category of product that’s very similar to a car battery, which is what they’re trying to get rid of, and there’s no need for that,” consumer advocate Sarah Meech said.
She said the industry was worried that the proposed change would make appliances “much more complex and expensive”.
“The biggest concern that we have is that they would give the regulator more power and control than it currently has,” she said.