The ACCC has advised that the public, as well as the electrical trade, be aware of the Infinity cable recall, including Olsent-branded electrical cables.
Physical contact with the recalled cables could dislodge the insulation and lead to electric shock or fires.
The cables were supplied in:
NSW – 2010-2013
ACT – 2011-2013
Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia – 2012-2013
Tasmania – 2013.
Recall progress reports indicate that up to 22,000 homes, commercial and residential buildings in Australia could be affected.
A taskforce of consumer agencies – including ACCC, building regulators and electrical safety regulators are coordinating the safety recall.
Electrocution and fire dangers from faulty cables
Infinity and Olsent-branded Infinity cables failed to meet electrical safety standards due to poor quality insulation (plastic coating).
Testing found the insulation on the ‘TPS’ and ‘orange round’ range of cables will become brittle prematurely, which may present a safety hazard if the cables are disturbed and the insulation breaks. Cables exposed to prolonged high temperatures will degrade at a faster rate.
Once the insulation is brittle, physical contact with the cables could dislodge the insulation and lead to electric shock or possibly fires.
Videos of the recalled cables
The taskforce found there is no immediate danger; however, careful steps need to be taken to stop electric shock or fires from 2016 for South Australia.
No incidents have been reported, but the longer-term risk is real. The cables will degrade over time and the risk of physical contact is highest in roof spaces and under raised floors.
What consumers should do
Have your wiring checked by a licensed electrician if, between 2010 and 2013, you:
- purchased a new property
- had electrical work done, including appliance installations
Do not attempt to inspect cables yourself.
If you are unsure who did the electrical work, talk to your builder. If you don’t know who the builder was and are unsure if Infinity cables were installed, get a licensed electrician to inspect your wiring.