Could the third time be the charm for LG Electronics? It’s been a rough few months for the electronics manufacturer, who was made to remove Energy Star labeling from certain refrigerators in January, and was then chastised in March for making fridges appear more efficient than they really were. But earlier this month, LG signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with three top certification authorities to promote dependable methods for testing consumer electronics efficiency.
Like a troublemaker whose elders have to maintain constant vigilance to keep the accused on the straight and narrow, the three entities who signed the MOU with LG Electronics — Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL), Intertek and CSA International — will be putting LG products “through rigorous tests to ensure they comply with the highest standards of energy efficiency and applicable government requirements,” according to an LG-issued release.
Because everyone deserves a second (third?) chance, signing the MOU is seen as a good move for LG, whose cooperation will do much to boost its reputation in the arena of energy efficiency. As per the agreement, UL, Intertek and CSA International will be inspecting LG products in the manufacturer’s worldwide factories, and will also conduct tests in nine supplemental categories covering TVs, refrigerators, washing machines, and air conditioners.
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