Fire risk recall for LG solar home energy batteries

WA Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety
  • Fire risk from several models of LG home energy storage batteries
  • 450 of the recalled batteries are estimated to have been installed in WA
  • Affected consumers should switch off the battery and contact LG or SolaX

WA’s electrical and product safety regulators are alerting consumers about a national recall of some LG-branded home energy storage batteries, which may overheat and ignite.

Building & Energy and Consumer Protection are urging owners of LG, SolaX or Opal solar energy storage systems to check if their battery is one of the recalled models listed and pictured at lgessbattery.com/au.

An estimated 450 of the recalled batteries may have been installed at WA homes, either supplied individually as replacements or as part of systems with other brand names. Nationally, around 6,400 recalled batteries have not been replaced, prompting concerns that owners may be unaware of the recall and fire risks.

According to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), since October 2019 the potentially dangerous batteries have been linked to nine fires in Australia and five in the USA, causing property damage and injuries to two people.

WA’s Director of Energy Safety, Saj Abdoolakhan, said owners of affected batteries should immediately switch them off and contact LG or SolaX to arrange a free replacement.

“Battery fires can be extremely dangerous and difficult to extinguish due to the stored energy,” Mr Abdoolakhan said.

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