Al-Futtaim Toyota has announced that, in partnership with UAE government authorities, they have seized and destroyed counterfeit products worth Dh26million this year. In the third quarter of this year itself, they have completed a total of five raids on fake car part dealers with a focus on counterfeit operations in Dubai and Sharjah.
The majority of items confiscated were serviceable goods such as oil filters amounting to over 34,000 items worth almost Dh760,000, and nearly 6,000 brake pads with a value of over Dh1.5 million. Al-Futtaim Toyota reminds its customers that fake brake pads made out of dried grass or asbestos and other cheap counterfeit car parts not only put the driver at risk but also endanger the lives of other road users. In addition, they point out that fake oil filters can degenerate much faster due to the poor-quality materials used and lead to major engine failure or seizure thereby resulting in expensive repairs.
Along with conducting raids and helping rid the roads of unsafe vehicles, Al-Futtaim-Toyota is also providing training to almost 100 Government officials in the UAE to identify counterfeit products.
“Our role in ensuring customers’ safety is paramount and it is our firm commitment to protect consumers from the threat of dangerous counterfeit parts,” said Saud Abbasi, Managing Director of Al-Futtaim-Toyota. “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 vehicle longevity, reliability, value and occupant safety, in addition to exposing other road users to greater dangers due to the possibility of high-risk failures.
Genuine Toyota parts are available at Al- Futtaim Toyota and its reputable authorized dealers. All parts are built to meet the highest quality standards, adding to Toyota’s quality, reliability and durability.