Faulty cabling puts thousands of homes at risk of fire

There's still 2000km worth of defective Infinity cabling in Australian households.

Just over half of all defective Infinity cabling has been found and fixed since a recall in 2013, even though the cabling – which could lead to electrocution or house fires – can be replaced at no expense to homeowners.

The recall applies to 4313km of cabling known to degrade prematurely, typically around heat sources and roof access areas.

Infinity cables installed in NSW homes could've already started "cracking", warned the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). Households in other states, where the cables were installed a year after those in NSW, could be in danger from next year.

The unreplaced cabling has been described as a "ticking time-bomb" by Delia Rickard, the deputy chair of the ACCC.

"Get your home inspected by a licensed electrician. Do not attempt to inspect the cabling yourself," she says.

"In some circumstances, suppliers, installers and property owners may be liable to pay compensation for injury or property damage caused by Infinity cable installed in buildings."

Households found to have been fitted with the recalled Infinity cables will have repairs covered by the supplier. This includes the cost of having the home inspected, which the ACCC estimates to be between $100 and $200, depending on the size.

The cabling can be identified by its labelling: the words 'INFINITY' or 'OLSENT' are marked at metre intervals.

Currently 54% of the defective 4313km has been voluntarily recalled, according to the ACCC. A further 1227km of local cabling is part of a mandatory recall conducted by the NSW Office of Fair Trading.