MEA urges consumers not to buy own electrical products after another faulty cabling product sold in QLD

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13 October 2015

Master Electricians Australia (MEA) has today welcomed a move by the Electrical Safety Office Queensland (ESO QLD) to issue a state-wide prohibition on a faulty batch of Chinese-manufactured cabling - the fourth to fail Australian safety standards in just two and a half years.

The prohibition applies to a 2013 batch of SKL-branded cabling, after testing by the ESO QLD found its outer casing could break down prematurely, leaving Queensland properties at risk of potential fire and homeowners and installers at risk of electric shock or electrocution.

MEA CEO Malcom Richards has praised the ESO QLD for identifying the issue and for taking swift action to protect consumers, and for undertaking further testing to determine how many batches are affected.

“This is the fourth Chinese-manufactured cabling product found to be faulty in just two and a half years,” Mr Richards said.

“On the back of the nation-wide Infinity and Olsent cable recall, and the Ecables recall not long after, this latest prohibition shows that faulty cables can and are ending up on our shelves, so you must take every precaution to ensure your home is fitted only with products that meet Australian standards.

“It simply isn’t safe to go out and buy your own electrical products like cabling off-the-shelf, even if it is from a legitimate store.

“You are not only risking the safety of your home and loved ones, but you also won’t be covered financially in the event of a recall - a few dollars saved early on could end up costing you thousands of dollars in the long run.

“We are again urging consumers to use fully-accredited, licensed and reputable electrical contractors, as they will be the ones responsible for removal and replacement in the event of a recall,” he said.

The ESO QLD is working closely with Brisbane-based SKL Cables Australia, which imported the products manufactured by its parent company in China, to determine how much cabling has been sold, who to and where, as well as the actions the company will undertake to rectify the issue in the event of a full recall.

“Any Queensland consumer who is undertaking electrical work should ask for confirmation that their electrical contractor is installing products that have been adequately tested are found to be fully compliant with Australian safety regulations,” he said.

Malcolm Richards is available for interview. Phone SAS Media and Communications on 07 3221 9222 or 0467 792 013.