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Infinity electrical cabling installed in many Australian homes deteriorates more rapidly than normally used cable and may cause risk of electrical fire.

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has warned that many homes across Australia are at immediate risk of fire due to faulty electrical cables.

The commission says that Infinity cable, installed in Australian homes since 2010, deteriorates fast than normally used cables and has a significant risk of electrical fire.

ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said - “Infinity cables were recalled because they deteriorate and become brittle more rapidly than normal compliant cables, especially in areas of high heat. The cable is expected to have deteriorated sufficiently by April that if disturbed it could lead to electric shock or fire in some premises.” 

ACCC has warned electricians, builders and other tradespeople who install or have installed Infinity cables of facing regulatory action including heavy penalties.

This cable was recalled after testing revealed its polymer casing was poor quality that made it brittle in areas of high heat.

 

 

Delia Rickard says - “Homeowners who installed electrical cable from 2010 in NSW or 2011 in other States should notify the retailer they bought it from or the electrician they used to install the cable, and arrange for a licensed electrician to carry out an inspection.  If Infinity cables are discovered, the cost of the inspection will be covered by the cable supplier along with the full cost of remediation.”

 

A spokeswoman for the Minister for Small Business and Assistant Treasurer Kelly O'Dwyer told the ABC: "The ACCC is leading the Infinity Cable Taskforce to ensure effectiveness of the recall. The Taskforce includes State and Territory electrical regulators and is assisted by an Industry Reference Group. The ACCC has had ongoing dialogue with the Master Electricians Association, which is a member of the reference group."

The bulk of Infinity cable was sold through Masters and Woolworths has agreed to honour all recall costs.

 

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