Australia urges to keep Apple AirTags away from small children over button battery safety concern

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is urging parents to ensure Apple AirTags are kept out of the reach of young children, as the ACCC has raised safety concerns with Apple about the accessibility and security of the button battery inside the product.

AirTag can be placed into a bag or pocket on its own, or utilized with a wide range of Apple-designed AirTag accessories, with personalized free engraving including text and a selection of emoji.
AirTag can be placed into a bag or pocket on its own, or utilized with a wide range of Apple-designed AirTag accessories, with personalized free engraving including text and a selection of emoji.

Apple AirTags are small Bluetooth tracking devices that can be attached to, and then used to locate, items such as keys or wallets. They are powered by lithium coin cell ‘button’ batteries.

The ACCC is 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 does not always secure fully on closing, and 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 a statement.

The ACCC has raised these safety concerns about the AirTag with Apple, and discussions continue.

The ACCC notes that in its public statements, Apple has stated the AirTag is “designed to meet international child safety standards… by requiring a two-step push-and-turn mechanism to access the user-replaceable battery,” and that it is “working to ensure that [its] products will meet or exceed new standards, including those for package labeling, well ahead of the timeline required.”

“We are continuing to investigate to determine what actions may be required to address our safety concerns,” Ms Rickard said.

“We are also liaising with our international counterparts on the safety of Apple AirTags, and at least one overseas public safety regulator is also examining the safety of this product at this stage.”

“As a safety precaution, we urge parents to keep AirTags away from their children. We know that small children can be fascinated by keys and love playing with them, so there is a risk that they could access this product, which is designed to be attached to a key ring, among other things,” Ms Rickard said.

The ACCC is also assessing whether there are issues with button battery safety in similar Bluetooth tracking devices.

MacDailyNews Note: The ACC offers the following tips:

• If you think a child has swallowed or inserted a button battery, contact the Poisons Information Centre on 13 11 26 for 24/7 fast, expert advice. You will be directed to an appropriate medical facility that can manage the injury. Prompt action is critical. Do not wait for symptoms to develop.

• Symptoms may include gagging or choking, drooling, chest pain (grunting), coughing or noisy breathing, food refusal, black or red bowel motions, nose bleeds, spitting blood or blood-stained saliva, unexplained vomiting, fever, abdominal pain or general discomfort.

• Children are often unable to effectively communicate that they have swallowed or inserted a button battery and may have no symptoms. If you suspect a child has swallowed or inserted a button battery, you should ask for an x-ray from a hospital emergency department to make sure.

• Keep new and used button batteries out of sight and out of reach of small children at all times – even old or spent button batteries can retain enough charge to cause life-threatening injuries.

• If buying a toy, household device or novelty item, look for products that do not use button batteries at all, such as products powered by other types of batteries or rechargeable products that do not need button batteries to be replaced.

• Examine products and make sure the compartment that houses the button battery is child-resistant, such as being secured with a screw. Check the product does not release the battery and it is difficult for a child to access. If the battery compartment does not close securely, stop using the product and keep it away from children.

• Dispose of used button batteries immediately. As soon as you have finished using a button battery, put sticky tape around both sides of the battery and dispose of immediately in an outside bin, out of reach of children, or recycle safely.

• Tell others about the risk associated with button batteries and how to keep their children safe.

More information about button battery safety is available on the Product Safety Australia website.


  1. I would find it hard to believe that a child could even extract the battery from the AirTag, specially if its in case of some sort which probably most are.. I think there are bigger fish to fry along with the other posters note of how many other devices contain those batteries or even smaller one’s.

  2. My sister stuck a Lego up her nose once, kids will shove anythings up their schnoz. What’s terrible is what has happened with NordicTrack treadmills and kids getting stuck under them, even with safety features and changes you can’t account for idiot parents.

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