Counterfeit spares danger
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THE USE of badly-made counterfeit vehicle components could lead to serious accidents -as well as costing the British components industry millions of pounds in lost business and jobs.
The "pernicious and evergrowing trade in counterfeit products" has reached such alarming proportions in the EEC that corrective action by the Commission is justifed and overdue.
An open hearing on international trade in counterfeit products held in Strasbourg was told by British MEP Michael Kilby: "Such unfair trade practices are not only detrimental to the producers of the genuine article, they are also against the interest of the consumer."
Badly-made vehicle components could cost someone their life, he said.
Very often it is virtually impossible to tell counterfeit goods from the genuine article just by looking at them. "It is only when something goes wrong that the consumer finds out he has been conned by these crooks," he warned.