Infinity Cable - 40,000 Homes At Risk Of Shock Or Fire In Two Years

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31 October 2014

Master Electricians Australia today urged homeowners to act on dangerous Infinity and Olsent brand electrical cable, following ACCC revelations that 40,000 Australian homes are at risk of fire or electric shock within two years.

In evidence to the Senate Economics Committee in Canberra, ACCC Chairman Rod Sims confirmed the agency now believed around 4000 kilometres of the dangerous cable with substandard insulation properties had been sold around Australia.

“If cable with brittle insulation is disturbed, it may cause electric shock or in some cases fire,” Mr Sims told the Senate Committee,” Mr Simms said.  

“The cables have repeatedly failed the relevant Australian standards, which are mandated and enforced, under state and territory electrical safety laws, and are expected to have a significantly reduced service life.

“The current expert advice available indicates that safety issues with the cable may begin to arise from 2016 onwards.”

The ACCC has today announced a second tranche of recalls, which now total 85 per cent of the cable supplied.  The remaining product was the responsibility of state authorities.

However the commission has also warned that some states have limited or no recall powers, prompting Master Electricians Australia to call on home owners to act for their own safety and security.

“It’s appropriate that the ACCC has extended its recall, although we are disappointed that it is still not a blanket recall and that it will allow faulty cable to remain in place in thousands of Australian homes,” Mr Richards said.

“However, the electrical regulators and consumer watchdog are not the only ones with authority in this matter.

“The simple fact is that home owners have the ability to check whether any Infinity or Olsent cable was installed in their properties between May 2010 and August 2013.  If you had electrical work done in that time, check with your contractor to ensure your cables are safe.  If they are not, demand to have them replaced.

“There are 40,000 homes around Australia with the potential to develop an electrical shock or fire risk in the next two years.  You need to make sure that your home is not among them.”