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$8.4m fake car parts seized in UAE during 2015

Twenty-six raids led by Al-Futtaim Motors also sees offenders handed fines of more than $200k

$8.4m fake car parts seized in UAE during 2015
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Al-Futtaim Motors, the exclusive distributor of Toyota in the UAE, has announced that it has helped to confiscate more than AED31 million ($8.44 million) of counterfeit car parts last year.

The deal said it has conducted a total of 26 raids throughout 2015, in partnership with several law firms and the UAE Economic & Development Departments, which led to the confiscation of counterfeit car parts, and AED750,000 in fines to the offenders.

It said in a statement that 77 percent of the raids were conducted in Dubai, while 11 percent were conducted in Sharjah, and 8 percent and 4 percent in Ajman and Umm Al Quwain respectively.

The total number of confiscated parts exceeded 220,000 products, ranging from motor oil and lubricants, air and fuel filters, to brake pads and brake discs, the statement said.

Al-Futtaim Motors said it also organised 10 training sessions, resulting in more than 300 trained government officials to help them spot the differences between fake counterfeit and genuine parts.

"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 after sales at Al-Futtaim Motors.

"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.

"In the long run, the costs savings from counterfeit product 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."

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