Infinity cable recall: act now before it's too late

There is faulty electrical cabling in thousands of Australian homes and businesses. Time is running out before the cables become a fire or electrocution risk. Act now before it’s too late—get your cable checked.

About the recall

Electrical retailers and wholesalers have recalled Infinity and 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, building regulators and electrical safety regulators are coordinating the safety recall.

To date, 27 suppliers have announced recalls of Infinity cables. In August 2015, NSW Fair Trading issued a mandatory recall notice under the NSW electrical safety regulations to a further 25 suppliers.

See: NSW Fair Trading Mandatory Recall for Infinity Brand Electrical Cable

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.

The taskforce found there is no immediate danger; however, careful steps need to be taken to stop electric shock or fires from 2016 for New South Wales.

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
  • renovated
  • 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.

Obligations of electricians and builders

Electricians and builders who installed Infinity cables and have not yet remediated them or taken actions to ensure the cables are remediated under the supplier’s recall, could:

  • be issued Rectification Orders by the electrical safety or building regulator in your state or territory, or be sanctioned in other ways
  • be prosecuted, fined, or possibly lose your licence if you ignore those sanctions
  • be held financially liable for property damage, injuries, or loss of life because you failed to alert the home owner or the appropriate regulator
  • be responsible for the loss of a life.

See: Have you installed any recalled Infinity cable in the last six years?

Recalled Infinity cables in each state as at 31 January 2016

Find out approximately when the recalled cables could start to degrade and become dangerous in your state or territory:

State Km of cable Percentage Installation period Safety risk could start...
NSW 1 849 46% 2010-2013 2016
VIC 910 23% 2012-2013 2018
QLD 680 17% 2012-2013 2018
WA 251 6% 2012-2013 2018
ACT 162 4% 2011-2013 2017
SA 44 1% 2012-2013 2018
TAS 4 0.1% 2013 2019
NT 0 0% n/a n/a

Frequently asked questions

Our FAQs provide detailed information about the recalled cables.

See: Infinity cable frequently asked questions

Where to go for more information

For information about... See...
The recall

Infinity electrical cable recall

Media release – National Infinity electrical cable safety recall

Media release – ACCC updates Senate Estimates on national Infinity Cable recall

Media release – Additional Infinity electrical cable safety recalls announced

Media release – Act now on Infinity cables

Media release – Do you have dangerous Infinity cables in your house?

Media release – Infinity cables could cause house fires next year if not made safe

Media release – ACCC puts electricians and builders on notice that they must replace unsafe Infinity cables

Media release – Dangerous Infinity cables could degrade over summer

Media release – Tradespeople and homeowners warned of immediate risks from Infinity electrical cables

Consumer enquiries about rights and obligations State and territory consumer protection agencies
Electrical safety ACT

ACT Planning and Land Authority, Construction Services Branch

NSW

NSW Fair Trading, Energy and Utilities, Home Building Service

QLD

Queensland Treasury, Queensland Government Electrical Safety Office

SA

Office of the Technical Regulator, Department of State Development, Energy Markets and Programs

TAS

WorkSafe Tasmania

VIC

Energy Safe Victoria, Equipment Safety and Energy Efficiency

WA

Department of Commerce, EnergySafety Division

Building safety ACT

ACT Planning and Land Authority, Environment and Planning

NSW

NSW Fair Trading, Home Building Service

QLD

Department of Housing and Public Works

SA

Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure

TAS

Department of Justice, Building Standards and Occupational Licensing

VIC

Victorian Building Authority

WA

Department of Commerce, Building Commission

Consumer rights and faulty products Consumer guarantees

Videos of the recalled cables

Inner insulation

Outer insulation

Images of the recalled cables

View of cable marking

View of the affected Infinity cabling.

End view of cable


 

Close up of cable and marking


 

End view of three core cable


 

End view of five core cable

Published date: 
14 June 2015

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