As more and more people take time off from work, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is urging people to inspect their power boards and double adaptors located around their home.
This is because over the last five months, there have been 13 recall notifications released across the country encompassing a number of different brands. In fact, across those 13 recalls, there are more than 216,000 individual units potentially in use around Australia.
ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard explained the risk involved in homeowners still using these units.
"These products were recalled because there is a risk of overheating and fire. The electrical contacts of the sockets are poorly aligned and the plastic enclosure does not meet the flammability requirements of the applicable electrical standard," she said.
Ms Rickard noted that it is often the holiday season when problems like this are noticed.
"Power boards and double adaptors are often in high use at Christmas time so check www.recalls.gov.au to see if yours is unsafe. If you have a recalled product, stop using it immediately and return it to the place of purchase for a refund or exchange," she stated.
The ACCC has a comprehensive list of the affected products on their website and reminds consumers to return the units back to where they purchased them.
This entire process dates back to August when the commission was told of a voluntary recall by a company. Further investigations found a wider problem that was sourced back to two manufacturers based in China. This was a warning for both stores and consumers only to buy products that met Australia's high benchmark.
"The ACCC reminds importers that they have a responsibility to ensure that their products are safe and meet appropriate safety standards," Mrs Richard explained in a December 22 media statement.
Product liability in NSW
If you are injured by a power board, double adaptor or any other product, regardless of whether it has been recalled or not, you could be eligible for compensation.
Injuries from products are more common than most people think so if you believe you have a case, contact a compensation lawyer at Gerard Malouf & Partners.
These lawyers operate on a no win no fee basis so they can advise you on your chances of success free of charge – if they think you have a case, it's completely up to you whether you engage their services.