Decathlon to pay $1.5 million for breaching safety label standards

The Australian arm of French sporting goods juggernaut Decathlon has been ordered by the Federal Court to pay $1.5 million for selling products that did not comply with safety standards.

Decathlon admitted that, between January 2016 and December 2019, it supplied 432 basketball rings and backboards and 307 portable swimming pools which did not comply with the relevant Australian mandatory safety standards.

Of these, 14 models of basketball rings and five models of portable swimming pool products did not include the required safety labelling under Australian law.

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Deputy Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Delia Rickard said that Australia had specific standards for locally-sold products that protected consumers.

"Mandatory safety standards exist to reduce the risk of death and serious injury to consumers, especially children, when using these types of products," Ms Rickard said.

"By not including these important warnings, Decathlon put consumers at risk of serious harm when they were using the Decathlon swimming pools, basketball rings and backboards."

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Decathlon also admitted it supplied 341 basketball rings and backboards with user manuals that contained misleading representations that they were safe to attach to brickwork, when that was not the case.

"When the basketball rings and backboards are attached to a brick wall, the wall cannot cope with the stresses placed on them when people perform slam dunks, which could lead to serious or fatal injuries if the wall collapses," Ms Rickard said.

"It is illegal to sell products in Australia that do not comply with mandatory safety standards, and consumers have a right to expect that products they purchase will not endanger their safety, or the safety of their family and others."

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Furthermore, portable pools that were over 30 centimetres deep were sold without required warnings such as "children have drowned in portable swimming pools", "ensure active adult supervision at all times" and "pool fencing laws apply to this pool".

All products included in the Federal Court's ruling have been listed on Decathlon's product recall page.

Decathlon Australia operates five stores in Melbourne and Sydney. It is a subsidiary of Decathlon S.A in France, which operates more than 1500 stores across more than 55 countries.

9News.com.au has contacted Decathlon Australia for comment.

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