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ACI finds more unsafe cable for sale in the UK

Nov 2017 Cable & Wire, Latest News | Comments Off on ACI finds more unsafe cable for sale in the UK

Dangerous flexible cord cable that could cause injury or death has been found on sale in the UK, following random market place sampling by the Approved Cables Initiative (ACI).

The cables, manufactured by Italian company Triveneta Cavi, failed the British and European Standards flex test, exposing copper conductors. The ACI is warning that the exposed strands of copper conductor could come into contact with the user and makes them extremely dangerous.

The three-core 1.5sq mm cords could potentially be fitted to vacuum cleaners, electric drills and extension leads, all of which are exposed to constant flexing during their everyday use.

All cable samples failed flex tests under BS EN 50525-2-11 2014.

The ACI has contacted Triveneta Cavi to advise of the serious nature of the failures and to request a voluntary withdrawal of the affected product from the market place. It is understood that Triveneta Cavi is investigating the matter.

The UK’s Regulatory Authority has also been contacted to report the matter under the Low Voltage Directive.

The ACI is calling for improvements that will help in the detection of further substandard cable product and force their withdrawal from the market.