Canadian Manufacturing

CSA Group warns of fake certification label on battery

RCMP says harmful counterfeit products increased from 11.5 per cent of investigations in 2005 to 30.4 per cent in 2012



TORONTO—The Canadian Standards Association (CSA Group) is continuing to warn against the fraudulent use of its certification label on a series of California-made battery packs that have never been tested for safety or performance.

The fake products are the model “Defender 3” batteries from manufacturer Digital Signal Power Manufacturing (MST Inc.) based in Ontario, California. The CSA Group says the products have been discovered for sale in Nevada and online at www.dspmanufacturing.com.

Fake CSA label. PHOTO CSA Group.

Fake CSA label. PHOTO CSA Group.

According to the RCMP, the number of occurrences involving harmful counterfeit products has increased from 11.5 per cent of all counterfeits investigated in 2005 to 30.4 per cent in 2012. This includes toys, pharmaceuticals, perfumes, integrated circuits, headphones, batteries and more.

While no cases of fire or injury have been reported, the world leader in standards development, certification services and product evaluation, is warning consumers and retailers that the blocks branded batteries have never been tested or evaluated by CSA Group against standards in Canada or the United States.

CSA Group recommends that owners of the products discontinue use immediately and contact the retail point of sale or distribution.

Report a suspect counterfeit mark to CSA Group by submitting an incident report.

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