Buyer Beware – Lift Inspection Claims
A number of lift inspection companies have been observed to fraudulently apply the ALI name, logos or marks to the vehicle lifting products they offer to inspect. The offending inspection labels directly incorporate the ALI name, logos, marks or text to indicate or otherwise infer that the automotive lifting products inspected are approved, certified or endorsed by ALI, ANSI, OSHA, an NRTL or some other real or imagined authority. These inspection service providers have either never been an official, authorized participant or an ALI Associate Member and are simply attempting to confuse buyers or they have lost their certification or membership by violating ALI policy. Just because they show product images in sales sheets or on their websites that include the ALI name, logos or marks does not necessarily mean they are official participants or ALI Associate Members.
To ensure that you receive the quality service to which you are entitled, it is important that all of your ALI lift inspection related services be made through ALI authorized participants, ALI Associate Member companies or through their approved channels.
Those seeking lift inspection services should be aware of the following claims:
The Automotive Lift Institute, Inc. (ALI) is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as an independent, third party, product certification body. This means that ALI meets the rigorous and continuing requirements of ANSI for authorization to allow application of ALI’s annual inspection label bearing ALI’s mark to automotive lifting products that are judged by an ALI certified lift inspector to conform to the current edition of the requirements of the American National Standard governing automotive lifts. That standard is ANSI/ALI-ALOIM Standard for Automotive Lifts – Safety Requirements for Operation, Inspection, and Maintenance.
Automotive lifting products bearing the annual lift inspection label of ALI may be offered only by authorized Participants in the ALI accredited lift inspector certification program. Only authorized participants including direct and internet businesses are permitted to display the ALI name, logos or marks. Participant authorized agents including direct and internet businesses are NOT permitted to display the ALI name, logos, or ANSI logo on their marketing material or websites. The ALI certification mark may be depicted by Participant authorized agents in strict accordance with ALI’s Participation agreement and section 16 of the Inspector Certification Program Participation Manual.
ALI has registered its name, safety materials, logos and marks relating to its business, including its lift and lift inspector certification programs, with the appropriate domestic and foreign Federal Registrars for intellectual property. ALI will take all necessary steps to protect its intellectual property from unauthorized use.
To inquire about the validity of a seller claiming domestic or foreign standards conformity, ALI certification, ALI membership, ALI certified lift inspector status, Associate Membership, ANSI approval, OSHA compliance or other such claims, please send a detailed written request to:
The Automotive Lift Institute, Inc.
PO Box 85
Cortland, NY 13045
ALI is committed to providing consumers with high-quality and reliable safety-related information. The names of websites, companies, and products identified by the Automotive Lift Institute as providing false or misleading claims pertaining to automotive lift safety may be published on the ALI website.