Safety and Testing

Buyers of automotive lifts are not taking the traditional salesman's word for it any more, they are now demanding that an "ALI/ETL Lift Certification Label", shown here, be affixed to every lift they purchase, thus obtaining assurance that the lift meets the current national safety standard.

Responsible automotive lift manufacturers make sure their lift models are certified and third party marked in accordance with the requirements of the ALI/ETL Certification Program. Testing and certification of additional models and styles of lifts is on-going.  ALI currently certifies the following lift types:Certified Automotive Suspension and 2 post lifts

An automotive lift bearing the ALI Certification Mark, as shown above and an ETL or MET Listing Mark, as applicable, indicates that the lift complies with the following requirements. When considering the purchase of an automotive lift, always request the manufacturer’s list of available model numbers representing "Certified Lifts", or Click Here to view the ALI-Directory of Certified Lifts.

  1. Automotive lift models must be tested in accordance with the Program Procedural Guide and in accordance with the performance requirements of the American National Standard "Automotive Lifts - Safety Requirements for Construction, Testing, and Validation" ANSI/ALI ALCTV (current edition).
  2. All motor operated automotive lift models must be listed by a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL), in accordance with ANSI/UL 201 entitled "American National Standard for Safety for Garage Equipment"; and for installation in Canada, in accordance with CAN/CSA C22.2 No. 68.
  3. The Certification Program participant’s Authorized Production Facility (APF) must meet quality control requirements set forth in the Program Procedural Guide, as verified by frequent surveillance and plant inspections.
  4. Manufacturer-provided instructions and manuals, as well as lift operator safety documents, must be comprehensive and conform to the requirements of the Program Procedural Guide.