NSW Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe has announced mandatory recall and prohibition notices for all Infinity branded TPS and “orange round” electrical cable.
The insulated electrical cables are commonly used for household electrical wiring as well as industrial and commercial work. The cables concerned include:
- All TPS cable - All sizes and configurations of polymeric insulated electrical cable that is PVC sheathed, PVC insulated, flat and flexible low voltage electrical cable also commonly known as TPS imported, sold or distributed by Infinity Cable Co Pty Ltd; and
- All orange round cable - All sizes and configurations of polymeric insulated electrical cable that is PVC sheathed, PVC insulated, round and flexible low voltage electrical cable also commonly known as “orange round” imported, sold or distributed by Infinity Cable Co Pty Ltd.
The recall and prohibition follows a public warning Fair Trading issued on 27 September 2013, when the agency became aware the company had been placed in liquidation, advising consumers and electricians not to purchase or install Infinity cables.
The prohibition notice was published and took effect on 4 October 2013.
Mr Stowe said the mandatory recall and prohibition was required to ensure Infinity cables could not be sold through the liquidation of the company.
“While there is no immediate safety threat, testing of the cables has shown that deterioration of the insulation over time can cause wires to become exposed and potentially result in an electrical shock or fire,” Mr Stowe said.
“If home owners have had re-wiring work done in the past 12 months, they should contact their electrician to determine whether Infinity cables were used. Under no circumstances should a consumer check the wiring themselves. Any work on wiring or cable should only be done by licensed electricians.”
Cables and wiring may not be sold in NSW unless they are safe. It is an offence under the Electricity (Consumer Safety) Act 2004 to sell unsafe electrical articles or appliances.
Mr Stowe said electricians should return Infinity cables to the place of purchase, where they will be entitled to refunds on any unused cabling they have purchased.
Anyone with questions or concerns regarding the Infinity electrical cables can contact Fair Trading on 13 32 20 or go to the Fair Trading website.
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