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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Recalled Infinity cables in each state as at 31 January 2016
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