LG issues urgent recall of energy system storage batteries in Aussie homes due to fire risk
LG is urgently recalling storage batteries for energy systems in Australian homes due to fire risk
- Batteries in solar panels recalled
- Some caught fire and caused damage to houses
- Affected homeowners are being urged to take ‘urgent action’
Homeowners with solar panels have been urgently warned to check their batteries after a major retailer exposed flaws that could cause some of its products to overheat and catch fire.
LG Energy Solution Australia has recalled some of its home energy storage system (ESS) batteries, which are installed in residential solar energy systems, after some of them caught fire and caused property damage.
Currently known systems that may contain affected batteries include LG branded RESU systems, SolaX Power Station, SolaX .
Home batteries for energy storage systems stored in solar panels have been recalled due to fire risks (stock image)
The batteries allow owners to capture and store energy from solar panels.
The affected batteries are equipped with cells containing electrodes from all production lots produced between January 21, 2016 to March 28, 2017 and September 14, 2018 to June 30, 2019.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is calling on consumers to take ‘urgent action’ and visit the LG ESS website to check if their batteries are affected.
‘If a battery overheats, it can catch fire and cause injury, death or property damage. “There have been incidents that have caused property damage,” the ACCC said on Friday.
Homeowners with solar panels are urged to check their batteries
‘If you have an affected battery and you have not yet received diagnostic software, either remotely or via an on-site technician visit, turn off the battery and contact LGESAU to arrange a technician visit plan on site to install the diagnostic software.
‘To minimize the risk of fire, keep the battery turned off until the diagnostic software has been installed. If you are unsure how to turn off your battery, please contact LGESAU for assistance.”
Major traders including AGL Energy and Energy Australia have sold the batteries to customers.
Homeowners with storage batteries from LG Energy Solution Australia are being urged to check them after the retailer revealed defects that could cause some of its products to overheat and catch fire.