Nationís top electrical body welcomes NSW upgrade to Infinity recall

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10 August 2015

Master Electricians Australia (MEA) has today welcomed NSW Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe’s moves to up the ante on the Infinity cable debacle, after he issued a mandatory recall to 25 traders across the state that had not been included in the existing national recall.

The recall had covered 18 national suppliers, who together were responsible for selling around 85 per cent of the dangerous, imported cable across the country, however it had not covered these 25 NSW-based suppliers who had purchased the cabling direct from Infinity Cable Company, and then on-sold or installed the product in NSW homes and businesses.

MEA State Manager Jody McGann said 3900 kilometres of the cable was sold across Australia, however almost 50 per cent of that was in New South Wales.

“This recall has been an incredibly difficult and arduous task, but it’s far from over. Less than 2 per cent has thus far been replaced in this state, still leaving thousands at risk.

“To be a year into this recall and still have 98 per cent of the 1850 kilometres installed in New South Wales still out there is a very real concern, so we are incredibly pleased to see this recall being mandated on ‘second tier’ traders in our state, to make sure they step up to the plate and alert their customers about the dangers,” Ms McGann said.

“We are urging any consumer in the state who’s had electrical work done between 2010 and 2013 to contact their electrician or builder to check whether the cabling used in their home was bought from one of these retailers.

“This cable deteriorates prematurely, possible within just two years, which has the potential to cause fires, electric shock or even death. It is dangerous and must be removed from people’s homes as a matter of urgency,” she said.

Jody McGann is available for comment.
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