Bunnings has been selling window blinds that failed to comply with mandatory safety standards.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission accepted a court enforceable undertaking from Bunnings, which sold Matchstick Blinds that did not carry mandatory safety warnings on the retail packaging, during routine market surveillance.

“Safety warnings are crucial, especially when they relate to children,” ACCC deputy chair Delia Rickard said.

“Labels on external packaging are meant to warn consumers prior to purchase of the risk of serious injury to children.”

“Loose curtain and blind cords can be dangerous to children – they may play with them, become tangled and not be able to release themselves to prevent choking. Parents should follow the tips below to keep their children safe.”

Bunnings has agreed to implement a range of compliance initiatives as part of the undertaking for this matter. Bunnings has assured the ACCC that it will strengthen its current compliance program for window coverings, which will include conducting pre-shipping inspections, upgrading training for management and buyers and conducting regular audits.

Bunnings has already recalled over 3,600 Matchstick Blinds, which were sold between January 2013 and March 2013.