The NOCO Company Case Settles for $102,063

This page last reviewed: January 4, 2017

The NOCO Company (NOCO) is a Glenwillow, Ohio based company that manufactures automotive, marine, and off-road vehicle battery chargers. From February 2013 through June 2014, NOCO offered for sale non-compliant units of battery chargers in California through various retailers and distributors.

The California Energy Commission (CEC) staff tested two of these units at the California State University, Sacramento - College of Engineering Energy Efficiency Laboratory and found them to be in violation of the Appliance Efficiency Regulations governing Small Battery Charging Systems (SBCS). The SBCS did not meet the energy efficiency standard, were incorrectly certified in the Appliance Efficiency Database (Database), and were not labeled correctly per the Appliance Efficiency Regulations.

To settle this matter, NOCO executed a settlement agreement with CEC on December 21, 2016, for $102,063.00. NOCO has also redesigned the SBCS to meet compliance standards, tested all models to ensure that the energy efficiency standard has been met, listed all models in the Database, and added the required labels to the product and packaging. This investigation started as a result of a consumer complaint. The penalty monies are deposited into the Appliance Enforcement Subaccount established by SB 454 of 2011(Pavley).