The ACCC has issued a warning for businesses to urgently check structures for faulty Infinity electrical cables. The cables were recalled in August of last year however so far only 5 per cent of the supplied cable has been remediated.
In August of last year, 18 electrical retailers and wholesalers recalled Infinity cables after they failed electrical safety standards due to poor quality plastic insulation coating. All sizes and configurations of white TPS* and Orange Round Infinity mains power cables were affected.
Olsent power cables sourced from Infinity Cable Co Pty Ltd and solely supplied by Masters Home Improvement were also affected.
Infinity cables were supplied in all states and territories, except the Northern Territory. It is estimated that around 40,000 households and businesses may have been affected. The relevant periods of cable supply are: 2010-2013 (in NSW), 2011-2013 (in ACT), 2012-2013 (in Vic, Qld, SA & WA) and in 2013 (in Tas).
“The ACCC is very concerned about how many homes and businesses still have degrading Infinity cables installed. Consumers that purchased new properties, undertook renovations or had electrical work carried out in the past few years should contact a licensed electrician for a safety inspection to determine if Infinity cables were installed,” ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said.
“An electrician would typically be able to inspect a home for around $100, though costs will vary depending upon the size, location and design of the property. Such costs can be recovered from the supplier should Infinity or affected Olsent cables be discovered.”
“Consumers should not attempt to inspect cables themselves. Any affected cable installed in accessible areas or near heat sources must be removed and replaced under the safety recall. We also urge electricians and builders to alert their consumers and their cable supplier if they have installed Infinity cables,” Ms Rickard said.