Thousands of counterfeit Mercedes-Benz spare parts worth over EUR1.5m have been seized and destroyed after a major raid in Sharjah.
More than 65,000 fake commercial vehicle parts including brake pads, turbochargers, alternators, oil coolers, piston rings, gasket kits and belt tightners were recovered in a joint operation between law enforcement authorities, a law firm and Mercedes-Benz Middle East & Levant.
“We believe that this raid sends a strong message to the others dealing in fake auto parts,” Ivo Kapitski, vice president and director of after-sales at Mercedes-Benz Middle East & Levant, said in a statement, quoted in local media.
“These parts are manufactured solely to make a quick profit. They use low quality materials and are not subject to the extensive quality tests that we perform at Mercedes-Benz,” added Kapitski.
“Although the customers may think they have a good bargain, we advise them to report any kind of suspected parts to their local Mercedes-Benz distributor,” he added.
The fake parts are believed to originate from a Chinese counterfeiter, who has a record of copying other brands and was earlier this year prevented from exhibiting at the Dubai Automechanika exhibition, according to local media reports.