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November 21, 2005

PMA supports CIPA counterfeit battery pack awareness initiative

PMA, Jackson, Mich., USA, announces support for a counterfeit lithium-ion battery pack awareness and warning initiative led by the Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA), Tokyo, Japan. CIPA is an international association founded in 2002 to address problems related to digital and film cameras and associated products.

From December through January 2006, CIPA is planning the following announcements in China on the safety issues associated with buying, selling, or making counterfeit lithium-ion battery packs:

* Advertisement in brochures and on posters by the overseas office of the CIPA Counterfeit Battery Pack Response Workgroup, comprised of 10 member companies.
* Advertisement in Chinese government-controlled magazine.
* Advertisement in Chinese digital camera and personal computer related magazines.

The CIPA brochure, "Notice Regarding Counterfeit Lithium-ion Battery Packs," says it has recently been confirmed counterfeit lithium-ion battery packs made to look like genuine brand products are on the market. Incidents in which battery packs have exploded have also been reported, and are thought to be related to counterfeits. The brochure warns counterfeit battery packs are often of inferior quality, without protective mechanisms and control circuits that meet regular quality standards. Using these counterfeit battery packs could cause camera malfunctions, overheating, leaking, fires, and even explosions, says the brochure.

An online version of the brochure, "Notice Regarding Counterfeit Lithium-ion Battery Packs," can be accessed in English here, in Chinese here, and in Japanese here.

Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association (JEITA), Battery Association of Japan (BAJ), JETRO Beijing, and JETRO Shanghai also support the CIPA counterfeit battery pack awareness and warning initiative.

Posted by covey22 at November 21, 2005 3:41 PM