Unsafe and dangerous electrical appliances

The Director of Energy Safety can prohibit the sale/hire/use of an appliance or component if considered that such appliance/component is, or is likely to become, unsafe or dangerous in use. This applies also to electrical appliances/components that are approved.

Appliances that may be unsafe or dangerous should be switched or turned off and the matter reported to the Director.

Product Recalls Australia is a website of the Compliance Strategies Branch of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, the national law enforcement agency that is an independent Commonwealth Government statutory authority. The website provides the public with information about voluntary safety related recalls notified to the Parliamentary Secretary and to the Treasurer.

Recall of Eaton Quicklag ELQ-TW earth leakage circuit breaker (RCBO)

A range of Eaton Quicklag ELQ-TW earth leakage circuit breakers have been recalled by the suppliers due to risk of electrical fire.

The affected models can be identified by a green test button as shown in the image and are listed in the table below. Models without a test button or with a white or an orange test button are not impacted by this recall.

Eaton Earth Leakage Quicklag RCBO
Eaton Earth Leakage Quicklag RCBO, by Eaton Industries
 

The affected models were supplied nationally from 1 April 2004 to 15 December 2016. The RCBO has a serial number on the side from which the date of manufacture can be determined.

 

Affected models
Current Rating/ Models 30mA 1 Pole 10mA 1 Pole 100mA 1 Pole 30mA 2 Pole
10A ELQ110C3TW ELQ110C1TW ELQ110C10TW ELQ216C3TW
16A ELQ116C3TW ELQ116C1TW ELQ116C10TW ELQ216C3TW
20A ELQ120C3TW ELQ120C1TW ELQ120C10TW ELQ220C3TW
25A ELQ125C3TW ELQ125C1TW ELQ125C10TW ELQ225C3TW
32A ELQ132C3TW ELQ132C1TW ELQ132C10TW ELQ232C3TW

 

Safety issue

Risk of Fire

When operating under short circuit conditions the RCBO may put out ionised gases through the exhaust port which can lead to a fire.

Action required

Property owners, managers and electrical contractors are urged to check switchboards for potentially affected RCBOs.

Electrical contractors are also urged to check their records for details of where they may have installed these RCBO.

If you have installed these RCBOs, please contact the supplier. The supplier will arrange for a replacement.

If you find a recalled RCBO model installed in a customer’s premises, you should notify them about the recall and have them contact the supplier to arrange for a replacement RCBO to be installed.

Supplier details

Eaton Industries Pty Ltd
Phone: 1800 870 851
Website: www.eatoncorp.com.au/elqtw-r

National recall on SKL (2C + E) TPS flat cables

A national recall has been issued by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission for a brand of TPS cable manufactured by SKL Cables Australia.

Identification

The affected cables marked with 2013, are the flat electrical cable 2 core and earth PVC Insulated and sheathed 450/750 Class 2 type range are the following models:

  • WF2C1E105 (1.5mm ²)
  • WF2C1E205 (2.55mm²)
  • WF2C1E004 (4mm ² TPS)
  • WF2C1E006 (6mm ² TPS)
  • VVF2C1E010 (10mm2 TPS)
  • VVF2C1E016 (16mm2 TPS)

The above cable types were sold from SKL Cables Australia and supplied by Shanghai Mining Cable Pty Ltd between 9 October 2014 and 19 September 2015. The majority of defective cables were sold in Queensland. However a few were also sold in Western Australia.

Safety risk

These products did not pass the required aging test of AS/NZS 5000.2, Electric cables - Polymeric insulated - For working voltages up to and including 450/750V.

As it ages, the insulation within the cables can become prematurely brittle, particularly if exposed to high temperatures. If it breaks, the ‘live’ conductors could be exposed which may result in a consumer receiving an electric shock. There is also a potential fire hazard.

As per Regulation 62 of the Electricity (Licensing) Regulations 1991, electricians who find these defective cables are required to report them to the relevant network operator, or to EnergySafety, if the network operator cannot be identified.

If you have installed the defective product, please contact SKL Cables Australia who will arrange for the replacement of the product at no cost to the consumer.

On 24 November 2015, EnergySafety issued SKL Cables Australia with a Prohibition Notice pursuant to Section 33C of the Electricity Act 1945 to stop the sale, hire or use of these cables in Western Australia.

For further information

Telephone: (07) 3341 3216
Website: www.sklcables.com.au
To view the recall notice visit www.recalls.gov.au. Further details can be found on the ACCC website.

 

Beijing Hua Xin Liu He Investment (Australia) Pty Ltd 240W LED High Bay Luminaire

Identification

The affected model FK-GK240 was sold in Western Australia between 17 May 2012 and 1 October 2014 at Brooks Construction, Balcatta and Solar Harness, Belmont.

Safety risk

These products were manufactured with a terminal block on the secondary driver which could be prone to charring. Also, the accessible metal find on the luminaire cannot be earthed.

Consumers are at risk of receiving an electric shock. There is also a potential fire hazard.

For further information

Telephone: (08) 6555 1815
Email: service@zeus.com.au

 

Atom Lighting Pty Ltd 200VA Trailing Edge LED Dimmer

Identification

The affected model No.AT9300/A was sold nationally between 7 July and 30 November 2014.

Safety risk

These products were manufactured with an internal metal shaft instead of a plastic shaft and the internal clearances have not been increased as per AS/NZS 61347.2.11: 2003; Lamp control gear - Particular requirements for miscellaneous electronic circuits used with luminaires.

In the event that the external plastic knob is removed and the switch has been internally damaged or incorrectly installed, an individual may be at risk of receiving an electric shock

For further information

Telephone: (07) 5537 1022
Fax: (07) 5537 1055
Email: sales@atomlighting.com.au
Website: www.atomlighting.com.au

 

Schneider Electric (Australia) Pty Limited Meter Boxes – 230DRAS1MI and 230DRAS- 2MI

Identification

The affected models with date codes between S12014480001 and S12015252308 for 230DRAS1MI and S22014480001 and S22015100570 for 230DRAS2MI were sold between January and July 2015.

Safety risk

These products were manufactured with the 4CB163/6 meter isolator fitted with the incorrectly sized screw on the lockout plate which causes contact between the screw on the side of the meter isolator and metal bobbin assembly.

Should contact me made with the screw which is ‘live’, there is the risk of an individual receiving an electric shock.

For further information

Telephone: 1300 369 223 or 1300 202 525
Website: www.clipsal.com

 

Gen3 and SPM branded dc solar isolator switch

Uniquip Gen3 and SPM dc solar isolator switches were sold nationally at electrical wholesalers from 1 December 2012.

Identification

The replacement program to replace all dc isolators model numbers GEN3DC-25, GEN3DC-32, SPMDCIS025 and SPMDCIS032.

Safety risk

There is a risk that the dc isolator may overheat and in some instances, cause a fire.

For further information

Contact Uniquip
Telephone: 0457 505 122
Email: prp@uniquip.net.au

NHP Electrical Engineering dc solar isolator switch

NHP Electrical Engineering Product Pty Ltd dc solar isolator switches were sold nationally at electrical wholesalers between 1 July 2013 and 11 February 2014.

Identification

The recall covers the metallic and plastic model numbers NHP-KDA-432 and KDM-432 with the date codes ranging from x0113 to x3813, where x is any number between 1 and 5.

These last four digits of the date code are the key identifying mark of the affected products and can be found inside the isolator.

Safety risk

These products contain a component that has been assembled with the incorrect material, which causes the “On” switch to remain “On”, even if the handle indicates that it is “Off”.   An electrical contractor is at risk of receiving an electric shock during maintenance and installation of these products.

For further information

Contact NHP Electrical Engineering
Telephone: (03) 9368 4088
Email: nhpreturns@nhp.com.au
Website: www.nhp.com.au

DKSH dc solar isolator switch

DKSH Australia Pty Ltd dc solar isolator switches sold nationally at electrical wholesalers between 1 August 2012 and 30 August 2013.

Identification

The recall covers “PVPower” part number: XPDCISO1000V32A

Safety risk

There is a risk that the dc isolator may overheat and in some instances, cause a fire.

For further information

Contact DKSH Australia Pty Ltd
Telephone: 1800 006 137
Email: recall.au@dksh.com
Website: www.dksh.com.au/recall

Avanco branded dc isolators

Avanco dc isolators were imported by Advancetech Pty Ltd and sold nationally from 1 January 2012.

Identification

The recall covers model numbers AV/DC4P25A, AV/DC2P25A, AV/DC4P25AUB, AV/DC2P625AU, AV/DC2P25AU, AV/DC2/2P25AU, AV/DC2/2P125AU, AV/DC4P25AU, AV/DC4P25AUS, and AV/DC4P25AUT.

Safety risk

There is a risk that the dc isolator may overheat and in some instances, cause a fire.

For further information

EnergySafety have been advised that Advancetech Pty Ltd have been placed into receivership.

Electrical Contractors who have purchased the equipment from a wholesaler should contact the wholesaler and arrange replacements.  Those who have purchased directly from Advancetech Pty Ltd should contact the appointed Administrator at:

SV Partners
Telephone: 07 5479 6199
Facsimile: 07 5479 6733
Email: sunshinechoast@svp.com.au

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