The Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) has issued a warning of counterfeit gold “Certified Automotive Lift” labels being applied to automotive lifts, the organization announced.
According to the group, certain automotive lifts from Budget Automotive Equipment Inc. installed in Ontario and possibly other Canadian provinces or US States may bear a fraudulent declaration of compliance and product certification intended to mislead lift purchasers, users and authorities having jurisdiction, ALI representatives said.
Lift operators, shop owners and authorities having jurisdiction are advised that automotive lifts bearing the gold label depicted have not been evaluated by a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL) to the appropriate American National Safety Standard, ANSI/ALI ALCTV. Therefore, the claim “Conforms to the provisions of ANSI standards” is untrue, the organization said.
The ANSI certification mark is only authorized to be used by accredited certification agencies. As of the time the safety bulletin was issued, only the Automotive Lift Institute is accredited by ANSI for automotive lift evaluations. The use of ANSI’s mark is inappropriate and not authorized for use by Budget Automotive Equipment Inc.
The CE mark claiming “Tested and Certified to EN 13241.1” is the standard for industrial, commercial and garage doors and gates. Therefore, the claim is untrue and use of the CE mark is inappropriate and represents a counterfeit CE label, the organization claims.
As of this safety bulletin, Budget Automotive Equipment Inc. does not appear in the online CSA Group Product Listing. Therefore, the claim “Certified to CAN/CSA STD C22.2 No.68” is also untrue and use of CSA’s certification mark is not authorized, the group said.
Although not currently affiliated with ALI, Budget Automotive Equipment previously participated in ALI’s Lift Certification Program and is knowledgeable of the certification requirements and standards required to claim certification and demonstrate compliance, the organization said. Automotive lifts bearing the label depicted should have this label removed immediately and the lift should be inspected by a qualified lift inspector.
Lifts that have been tested by an approved NRTL and found to meet all the requirements outlined in the ANSI/ALI ALCTV standard receive an ALI Gold Certification Label and are listed in the ALI Directory of Certified Lifts found online.