IAAF lends voice to anti-counterfeit campaign

Published:  27 July, 2018

The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has voiced its support for a campaign by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), to raise awareness about the risks posed by counterfeit car parts. This comes as various seizures of counterfeit car parts and accessories have occurred in the UK in the past two years.

IAAF chief executive Wendy Williamson commented: “We are not saying don’t buy from places such as the internet, but make sure you know who you are buying your parts from. There are many respected distributors in the UK all of whom have the correct processes in place to ensure parts are traceable back to the factory in the event of a recall. The IAAF is urging garage and motor factor businesses to be even more vigilant in light of this surge in reported cases, throwing its weight behind the IPO’s campaign aimed at highlighting the problem.

 “Safety is of paramount importance in our sector,” continued Wendy. “In brakes for example, braking distances can be significantly reduced and with lighting, dazzle and glare can be an issue. Counterfeit parts are putting motorists’ lives at risk.”

She added: “It is important, now more than ever, that suppliers, distributors and garages are aware of the origin of the parts they are using.”

The campaign also extends to consumers, and the care they should take when buying car parts, particularly the risks associated with parts being bought online to fit themselves or purchasing to then ask garages to fit them.

Top tips are available on the IPO’s website www.ipo.gov.uk

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