DUBAI // Fake car parts valued at more than Dh30 million were seized during a series of raids last year in Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman and Umm Al Quwain.
The raids, carried out by UAE Economic and Development Department and law firms in partnership with Al Futtaim Motors, resulted in Dh750,000 in fines issued to offenders.
More than 220,000 parts, valued at Dh31.3 million, were confiscated including motor oil and lubricants, air and fuel filters, to brake pads and brake discs.
“Al Futtaim Motors has come a long way in the battle against counterfeit products, having conducted hundreds of raids over the last few years and seizing hundreds of millions worth of confiscated products from the UAE market,” said Ralf Zimmermann, general manager for after-sales at Al Futtaim Motors, distributor of Toyota in the UAE.
A total of 26 raids were conducted in 2015 as part of the crackdown.
“We have always highlighted the importance of installing only genuine and manufacturer-approved parts on vehicles and we continue to invest in educating the public against buying counterfeit products,” said Mr Zimmerman.
“In the long run, the cost savings from counterfeit products is diminished due to highly degraded quality that requires more frequent replacing, aside from being unsafe and potentially endangering the lives of drivers and passengers.”
As part of ongoing efforts to tackle the issue, Al Futtaim Motors has organised 10 sessions with more than 300 government officials in six emirates trained to spot fake products.
The company has also taken part in 13 exhibitions to educate and inform the public about the dangers of counterfeits.
Al Futtaim Motors sells genuine spare parts for Toyota, Lexus and Hino.
Source: uae news