DoYouKnow: 26 million fake Toyota spare parts seized and destroyed in UAE
UAE authorities seized and destroyed a total of Dh26 million worth of fake Toyota spare parts during a number of raids on Dubai and Sharjah in 2019, reported Tuesday.
Five raids were carried out by the authorities in cooperation with Al Futtaim Motors, the exclusive Toyota distributor in the UAE, on counterfeit car part dealers in the third quarter of this year.
Counterfeit parts affect vehicle longevity, reliability, value and customer well-being, in addition to exposing other road users to greater hazards due to the possibility of high-risk failures.
Most of the goods confiscated were serviceable goods: the confiscated items included:
Oil filters — 34,000 items seized, worth Dh760,000
Brake pads — 6,000 items valued at over Dh1.5 million
Why are fake break pads dangerous
False brake pads made of dried grass or explosives and other cheap imitation car parts not only put the operator at danger but also ruin the lives of other road users.
Fake oil filters
In fact, bogus oil filters can degenerate much faster due to poor quality materials used and lead to major engine failures or seizures, resulting in expensive repairs.
In addition to raiding and helping to rid the streets of dangerous cars, Al Futtaim Toyota is unwavering in its fight against counterfeiters by providing training to nearly 100 government officials in the UAE.
“Our position in ensuring customer security is paramount and our firm commitment to protecting consumers from the risk of hazardous counterfeit products,” said Saud Abbasi, Managing Director of Al Futtaim Toyota.
“We also have a responsibility to ensure that people can identify genuine parts of counterfeit items, and we will continue to train official inspectors to help in this fight,” he said.
Knockoff parts impact vehicle durability, reliability, quality, and consumer well-being, in addition to exposing other road users to greater hazards due to the possibility of high-risk failures.