Almost half million fake Toyota parts seized in UAE

By Rajive Singh

Destroyed fake parts of Toyota

Counterfeit Toyota spare parts valued at Dh20.68m

DUBAI 12 March 2019: UAE government authorities, in partnership with Al Futtaim Toyota, have confiscated more than 453,456 counterfeit Toyota parts valued at Dh20.68 million during 2018.

Counterfeit spare parts may seem desirable because of their cheap price but can be seriously harmful. They can affect the vehicle longevity and cause fatal accidents on the roads due to failure of brake pads or other essential functions.

A total of 26 raids on counterfeit car part dealers took place in 2018 across the Emirates mainly in Dubai, Al Ain, Umm Al Quwain, Sharjah and Ajman. The majority of items were serviceable goods such as oil filters, fuel filters and spark plugs.

Al Futtaim Toyota trained 258 Economic Department Field Inspectors across the UAE in 2018 to increase their expertise in identifying counterfeit parts. These officials were also provided with the necessary tools to educate consumers about the importance of using genuine parts.

Saud Abbasi, Managing Director of Al Futtaim-Toyota, said, “It can be difficult for some of our customers to differentiate between genuine and fake car parts, so we have an important role to play in training the official inspectors to ensure our customers’ safety.”