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Aftermarket Parts Can Void Vehicle Lift Safety Certification

April 25, 2007

MADISON, IN – Fleet maintenance managers and independent service providers who want to ensure they are buying vehicle lifts that reach the highest levels of safety and performance choose lifts that have been third-party certified to comply with ANSI/ALI ALCTV-1998 standards. Forty-seven states plus Washington, D.C., and numerous local governments, use the International Building Code, which requires that all installed vehicle lifts be certified to this standard. Other regulators, such as New York State, Worksafe B.C., and the Ontario Ministry of Labor, have taken even stronger steps, with region-wide regulation supporting requirements for ANSI-compliant lifts. However, according to Rotary Lift, many people don’t realize that installing aftermarket replacement parts on a vehicle lift can invalidate the lift’s certification and create risk management issues. Rotary Lift recommends using only original equipment (OE) replacement parts to ensure proper fit and function on any brand of vehicle lift.Rotary Life also warns maintenance managers to be alert to counterfeit parts. The Stop Counterfeiting in Manufactured Goods Act that was signed into law by President Bush in 2006 states that it is illegal to misrepresent a part built by a third party as a genuine replacement part. These counterfeit parts may be labeled “Made for Rotary Lift Model XXX.” To ensure you are buying genuine OE replacement parts, purchase them from factory-authorized distributors and installers.

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