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Warning about Infinity and Olsent-branded "TPS" and "orange circular" electrical cable

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Recent testing found that the cable is non-compliant and has poor quality insulation that could deteriorate prematurely and cause fires or present a risk of electric shock.

On 16 August 2013, Infinity Cable Co Pty Ltd recalled certain cables sold at Masters Home Improvement from April 2012 to August 2013 http://www.recalls.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/1050696.

Infinity Cable Co Pty Ltd subsequently placed the company into liquidation but Masters advises that consumers can still return product to the place of purchase and obtain full refunds under the recall.  In addition, there have been other suppliers of Infinity cable in the marketplace and electrical safety authorities are investigating those suppliers.

Masters also advise that customers who have any safety concerns and who purchased the product from Masters should contact them and they will arrange for a qualified person to inspect the cabling in their homes: Masters media release

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 and sold by Infinity Cable Co Pty Ltd; and
  • All orange circular 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 circular") imported and sold by Infinity Cable Co Pty Ltd.

Electrical safety regulators across Australia have taken steps to prohibit the supply and installation of these cables, which may have been supplied in only very small quantities in some States and Territories.

Electrical safety regulators also advise that:

  • Consumers should not try to inspect their own electrical wiring
  • Electrical cable should only be installed, inspected or uninstalled by a licensed electrician
  • Consumers should contact their builder or electrician to decide if the cable should be replaced or if other measures can be taken to ensure the safety of the cable· 
  • There is no immediate risk from use of the cable at this time but the risk is expected to increase over time
  • Consumers who have recently had electrical wiring work done should contact their electrician for advice.

If an electrician supplied and installed these cables in your home then you are entitled to ask them to fix the problem under the consumer guarantees of the Australian Consumer Law.

Further information about the safety of these cables is available from the electrical safety regulator in each State and Territory:

ACT: actpla.act.gov.au

NSW: fairtrading.nsw.gov.au

NT: worksafe.nt.gov.au

Queensland: justice.qld.gov.au/fair-and-safe-work/electrical-safety

South Australia: technicalregulator.sa.gov.au

Tasmania: workplacestandards.tas.gov.au/safety/electrical_safety

Victoria: esv.vic.gov.au

Western Australia: commerce.wa.gov.au/EnergySafety/

Date Published: 2nd September 2014