Portable cots that could suffocate a baby, a fake cure for insomnia and toasters that won’t make toast are just some of the shonky products Australians have been putting up with in 2018.
Consumer group Choice named seven winners of their annual Shonky Awards on Thursday in Sydney, including the Commonwealth Bank for targeting school children with “subversive sales tactics under the guise of youth education”.
Choice named 14 manufacturers of portable cots that it says should be recalled, with most of the products tested posing a risk of either head entrapment of suffocation.
The KitchenAid 2-Slice KMT2116 toaster was handed a Shonky for the simple reason of not being able to toast bread.
“All it served up was dry, slightly warm bread,” Choice said in a statement.
Supplement brand Bioglan was singled out for its questionable claims of being able to cure insomnia with a product that had only trace amounts of a drug. It was found to be little more than a placebo.
A sugary Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain drink with almost triple the amount of sugar than protein won a Shonky, as did several magnetic therapy devices and a Marriott timeshare deal.