PUTRAJAYA: With the balik kampung exodus expected this weekend, the authorities have another worry on their hands other than keeping accident rates down.
The recent seizure of RM300,000 worth of counterfeit car spare parts could mean that there are cars on the roads that have been fitted with inferior parts.
The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry has urged motorists to send their vehicles for servicing and repair at authorised service dealers or trusted workshops.
"The recent seizure of imitation spare parts included spark plugs and motor oil from a workshop in Cheras," ministry director-general Mohd Roslan Mahayudin said.
Enforcement officers also found imitation drive shafts and ball joints in a house behind the workshop.
Some of the counterfeit spare parts were displayed along with genuine parts in the workshop.
The imitation spare parts were mainly for Proton, Perodua and Toyota vehicles.
Roslan said the raid was carried out after the ministry received complaints from genuine spare parts suppliers that there had been a substantial dip in sales.
"We would have a risky situation if cars with counterfeit spare parts travel long distances. Unregistered workshops are our biggest worry at the moment. They capitalise on the consumer’s penchant for cheaper spare parts."
Counterfeit spare parts are 30 to 40 per cent cheaper than genuine parts.
"About 90 per cent of counterfeit spare parts seized were from China and had failed to pass quality control tests," Roslan said.
Last year, enforcement officers seized RM19 million worth of imitation car spare parts nationwide.
Authorities say that there are syndicates importing and distributing the counterfeit spare parts.
Roslan said stocking and selling counterfeit spare parts was an offence under the Trade Descriptions Act 1972.
If found guilty, offenders will be fined up to RM100,000 or sentenced to three years’ jail. Corporate bodies are liable to a fine of up to RM250,000.
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