Major hardware stores recall faulty electric power wiring

MORE than 40,000 homes and businesses across the country may be at risk of fire as a result of faulty electric power wiring sold through major hardware stores.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said today that 18 retailers and wholesalers, including Masters and Mitre 10, had recalled cabling supplied by Infinity Cable Co Pty after they were shown to be unsafe due to poor quality plastic insulation coating.

The recall pertains to Infinity and Olsent cables sold across Australia from 2010.

"Consumers should not attempt to inspect cables themselves," said ACCC deputy chair Delia Rickard.

"The Taskforce found there is no immediate danger but careful steps should be taken by a licensed electrical contractor to avoid electric shock or fires from occurring in coming years."

Home owners and businesses who have had wiring work done since 2010 in New South Wales and 2012 in Queensland should contact their builder, electrical contractor or appliance installer to confirm whether Infinity cable was used.

The ACCC said the recall served as a reminder that companies sourcing products from cheaper overseas suppliers should have quality assurances in place.