Argos, B&Q and more recall electronic products due to fire and electric shock fears

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Product recalls are issued when a retailer or brand has found a fault with an item. This means that it is unsafe for customers to use and so it is withdrawn from shelves. If a customer has already bought the item, they must usually return it to a store for a full refund.

Several electronic products sold at Argos, B&Q, Amazon, and more have been recalled in recent weeks.

Yesterday, TIME Cables issued a product recall on an item sold at B&Q and Tradepoint.

The products affected are the TIME Cable 2 Core Flexible Cables, which come in white, black, gold, orange, and white.

The cables are also various sizes, with the five metre, 10 metre, and 25 metre versions affected.

TIME Cables issued a safety notice on these products, telling customers to “immediately” stop using the item if they have already bought one.

This is because a printing error on the packaging of all items advised an incorrect amp rating.

The packaging labels recommended an amp rating of 25A, instead of 6A, 10A, or 16A.

This error could result in the products being used for an installation which produces a current that is higher than what it is officially rated, potentially causing a risk of fire.

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TIME Cables recommended that customers “check with your installer that these products have not been used with such applications”.

The company also gave advice to shoppers on what to do next if they have already bought one of the cables affected.

It said: “If in doubt regarding your installation stop using it immediately and please consult a qualified electrician or contact the TIME Cables helpline or email address below.”

The helpline number is 0800 531 6287, while the email address is [email protected]

TIME Cables added that if the product is not safe to continue using, it will issue a full refund to the customer and send out a suitable replacement.

B&Q has also issued a statement on its website, and it reminded customers that only the products stating 25A on the label are affected.

The retailer said: “Please note that products detailed within this safety notice stating 6A, 10A or 16A on the label are unaffected. All other TIME Cables products are unaffected.”

Another electrical item that has been declared unsafe to use due to fire fears is the SMJ Electrical Extension Lead, which was recalled by SMJ Electrical last week.

The product could be sold at Halfords, B&Q, Travis Perkins, and Staples.

According to Electrical Safety First, the product does not comply with the requirements of the Low Voltage Directive and the wire strands can break due to flexing causing sparks, which can then cause electric shock and fire.

The models affected are a six-way two metre cord extension socket with individually switched sockets in soft plastic transparent packaging, measuring approximately 340mm x 150mm.

SMJ Electrical said: “If you believe you have an affected product stop using it immediately and contact the retailer for further advice.”

Electrical Safety First, who often releases product recalls on its website, added: “Electrical Safety First strongly recommends that anyone who discovers they have an electrical item that has been recalled should stop using it until it has been checked by the manufacturer.”

Additionally, Argos recalled an electronic product last month.

The TCP Smart Wi-Fi 2 Gang socket, in white, is unsafe to use as it has a high risk of electrical shock due to incorrect electrical wiring instructions and design flaws.

Argos advised customers who have already bought the product to stop using it immediately, unplug all devices, and contact TCP on 0808 2752669.

The retailer added: “We have an alternative product available to offer as a direct replacement for this socket.

“Thank you in advance for you co-operation in this matter and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

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