Year-Long Campaign Results In ACCC Recall Of Dangerous Cable

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28 August 2014

Master Electricians Australia (MEA) today hailed the ACCC's national safety recall of Infinity and Olsent brand electrical cables, following a year-long battle to have the dangerous products removed from Australian homes.

Testing has found the insulation on the cables could become prematurely brittle with age, resulting in possible electric shock or fires.

MEA Chief Executive Officer Malcolm Richards said the safety recall applied to all sizes and configurations of TPS and Orange Round mains power cables sold under the Infinity and Olsent brands.

Both brands of cable were sold by Masters Home Improvement between March 2012 and September 2013, while Infinity cable was also sold by a number of other suppliers in the latter part of 2010.

Master Electricians first blew the whistle on the dangers of the cables on August 22nd last year, and has campaigned to have the products banned from sale in every state and territory.

Today's ruling will force the suppliers of the dangerous products to remove and replace all cable that has been laid close to heat sources such as hot water systems. It also covers cable in any other accessible parts of any building such as roof cavities or spaces under floors where building owners, tradespeople or the public could come in contact with the product.

Mr Richards said while the recall would cover the replacement of a large proportion of cabling, and give home owners financial support to remove and replace much of the cable, it would mean some cable in inaccessible areas would remain, leaving some potential danger.

"Ideally we would have liked to have seen a total recall of all the product. This solution will mean some cable will remain in place in hard-to-access areas, albeit with a warning label applied to the switch box.

"The ACCC has indicated this remaining cable may be covered by product quality laws at the state level, but that will be an added cost for consumers to pursue.

"This solution leaves a grey area for electrical contractors who have installed cable into non-accessible areas of a home. Homeowners will not be funded for this replacement, but leaving the product in place will be a concern for electricians.

"However, given that it has taken more than a year in order to secure a win for consumers, we are pleased that there is now a legal framework to cover the cost of removing the most dangerous product."

Consumers who believe the faulty cable may have been installed in their premises should contact the electrical contractor who performed the work in the first instance.

For more information on the details of recall, visit www.recalls.gov.au

Malcolm Richards is available for interview. Contact SAS Media & Communications on (07) 3171 2960.

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