UAE government authorities, assisted by Al-Futtaim Toyota, conducted raids on dealers in Dubai and Sharjah selling fake spare parts. The total seized parts were valued at close to Dh26 million.
Al Futtaim Toyota in partnership with the UAE government authorities, also announced that in the third quarter of 2019, they conducted five raids on fake car parts dealers with a view to eradicate the practice in Dubai and Sharjah.
Counterfeit parts have been known to be made of low-grade (and sometimes poisonous) materials instead of the recommended ones.
The majority of items seized were serviceable goods such as oil filters amounting to more than 34,000 in quantity. The filters alone were worth almost Dh760,000. The authorities also confiscated roughly 6,000 brake pads valued at more than Dh1.5 million. Al-Futtaim Toyota has reminded its customers that fake brake pads are made out of low-quality or poisonous materials like dried asbestos are equally risky for car drivers and other road users.
Fake oil filters can degrade much faster than certified items majorly due to poor-quality materials used in them. This can lead to major engine failure or seizure in the worst cases. At the very least, if a dealer discovers a counterfeit part in operation in the car, he can repeal the warranty attached to it. In the end, using counterfeit parts can end up costing more than saving.
Al-Futtaim Toyota had a crucial role in the entire raid and seizure operation. They also trained almost 100 government officials in the UAE to identify counterfeit products and rid the roads of unsafe vehicles. Saud Abbasi, Managing Director of Al-Futtaim Toyota, said, “Our role in ensuring customers’ safety is paramount and it is our firm commitment to protect consumers from the threat of dangerous counterfeit parts.
The estimated value of seized goods stands at more than Dh26 million, bringing to light the scale of penetration of counterfeit parts in the industry.
“We also have a responsibility to ensure people can identify genuine Toyota parts from fake items and we will continue training official inspectors to help in this fight. The success of these raids would not have been possible without the help of the UAE government, local Economic Departments and the Police. We would like to thank them for their efforts in making these raid campaigns so successful,” he added.
Counterfeit parts affect the longevity, reliability, safety and value of cars. Other road users are also exposed to high-risk failures brought about by fake, subpar parts. In the interest of safety, both personal and public, it is prudent to stick to genuine car parts and accessories as certified by dealers and carmakers.
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