Dodgy imported parts could cause drivers danger: FCAI [VIDEO]

The safety of motorists is being compromised by fake imported car parts, according to the peak industry group for manufacturers and importers.

AAP reports that the group is urging insurers, repairers and drivers to be on the lookout for such items, with 6,000 seized in 2014 and 2015 (worth over $550,000) by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

“The gamut of fakes includes everything from bogus wheels and body panels to safety-critical components like brake pads and airbags,” CEO of FCAI Tony Weber told AAP.

“The only way to guarantee supply of genuine parts is by sourcing them through the vehicle maker’s authorised supply chain and to support those repairers who insist on using the genuine article.”

The problem is being blamed on the economic recovery since the Global Financial Crisis and the increased popularity of online shopping.

“In late 2015 a testing program under the FCAI’s Genuine Is Best initiative saw a set of fake Mercedes-Benz wheels, on sale in Australia, dangerously disintegrate in a 50km/h pothole test, while the genuine wheels sustained no visible damage,” the group’s campaign website reads.

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