DAILY NEWS Apr 29, 2014 4:55 PM - 1 comment

Motors sold in Canada with counterfeit CSA mark

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By: Bill Roebuck

Toronto - MLD brand DC motors have been found to display counterfeit CSA Canadian certification marks, according to the CSA Group, a global provider of product testing, certification services and standards development.

All affected units have a label bearing the name MLD and were exported by Ningbo Jiangbei Huaya Import & Export Co. Ltd. The identified units were sold by Maple Leaf Drives Ltd., Streetsville, ON, in the Canadian market.

The affected units with model number Model DC 41N have not been tested and evaluated by CSA Group to the applicable standard for safety and performance for Canada and may present a risk to shock, burn and/or catching fire. However, there have been no reports of damage, fire or injury, according to the CSA Group.

Those who have acquired the affected models are advised to immediately discontinue use of the product and to contact their supplier or the distributor.

The CSA Group is an independent, not-for-profit member-based association dedicated to advancing safety, sustainability and social good. It also provides consumer product evaluation, and education and training services. Its range of knowledge and expertise includes: industrial equipment, plumbing and construction, electro-medical and healthcare, appliances and gas, alternative energy, lighting and sustainability. The CSA mark appears on billions of products around the world.

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Techtop Canada Inc. (formerly Maple Leaf Drives Ltd.)

It has recently come to our attention that PMDC motors branded "MLD" DC that we imported from China bearing the CSA mark did not have CSA certification. We were unaware of this fact and sincerely apologize for any confusion caused as a result of this oversight. When we first began importing the product in 2007 the manufacturer had CSA certification.

However, we were not informed when the manufacturer changed from CSA certification to UL certification. The motor nameplate should have been updated to exclude the CSA mark and replace it with the UL mark.

UL and CSA both provide component safety certification for electric motors. For UL the category is PRGY2 and for CSA it is 4211-01.

UL and CSA have a Memo of Understanding between them that allows them to test to each other’s standard and certify that products meet that other’s standard. When certifying to the other’s standard the category for UL is PRGY8 and for CSA it is 4211-81.

When someone applies to UL or CSA for listing of an end product which includes a motor they will be required to utilize components which are certified. Due to the Memo of Understanding between UL and CSA it is acceptable to use components certified by either agency so long as the component carries the dual US/Canada certification.

If a product is certified by one agency to both standards, the logo will include a “US” and a “C” (Canada).

For UL this indicates approval to the UL PRGY2 and PRGY8 categories. For CSA this indicates approval to the 4211-01 and 4211-81 categories.

The PMDC motors that we import are UL certified for US and Canada and will bare the cRUus logo. The File number is E317852 and can be found on UL’s website www.UL.com in the Online Certifications Directory. For any further questions or copies of the UL certification file please contact our office.

Techtop Canada Inc.

Posted May 9, 2014 12:05 PM

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