Counterfeit Auto Parts

News and statistics about fake car parts and counterfeit auto parts. Data collected from auto companies, auto industry officials, safety inspectors and other public information sources.

During the months of January 2012 to May 2012, authorities in Dubai confiscated 30,000 counterfeit auto parts in the country.

According to a study by the Brand Owners Protection Group, counterfeit auto parts account for almost 70 percent of all fake goods in the United Arab Emirates.

The counterfeit goods market in the United Arab Emirates is estimated to be worth $755 Million.

Source:  Nadeen El Ajou, “First half of 2012 sees 30,000 counterfeit automotive parts seized in Dubai,” AMEinfo, June 19, 2012.

The sales of counterfeit products in Indonesia causes tax losses of up to $4.8 Billion (43.2 Trillion Indonesian Rupiahs) in 2010.

The following is the percentage of counterfeit goods that make up all sales in that category:

Product                     Counterfeit Percentage

Leather products              35.7

Software                             34.1

Automotive Parts             16.8

Electronic goods              13.7

Cigarettes                          11.5

Beverages                          8.9

Pesticides                          7.7

Cosmetics                          6.4

Drugs                                  3.5

Source: “Fake products cost RI Rp 43.2t in lost taxes,” Jakarta Post, November 5, 2011.

According to a auto parts supplier, up to half of all deaths caused by automobile accidents in Saudi Arabia are caused by the use of counterfeit auto parts. The parts are generally 20 to 30 percent cheaper to buy when compared to legitimate auto parts.

The fake auto parts trade in the country is estimated to be worth $3.4 Billion.

Source: Joseph George, “25% auto parts are counterfeit,” Emirates 24/7, September 27, 2011.


IP enforcement officials estimate that between 20 to 25 percent of the auto parts supply market in the United Arab Emirates is made up of counterfeit parts.  The counterfeit auto parts originate from China, Taiwan, Turkey, South Korea and Malaysia and are smuggled and imported into the country.

Source: Joseph George, “25% auto parts are counterfeit,” Emirates 24/7, September 28, 2011.

Between 5 to 10 percent of all spare auto parts in France are counterfeit.

Source: AFP, “French agents in endless hunt for counterfeits,” Independent, June 14, 2011.

Counterfeit auto parts in India causes losses of $1.9 Billion (87 Billion Indian Rupees) a year.

In 2009, counterfeit auto parts in the country led to 25,400 deaths and over 93,000 injuries.

Source: “Counterfeit auto parts costing government Rs 2200 crore per annum,” Economic Times, February 22, 2011.

Counterfeit auto parts in China is estimated to hit $45 Billion in sales in 2011.

Out of the total global counterfeit auto parts market, China is responsible for 83 percent of the counterfeit auto parts.

Source: Zach Bowman, “Report: Counterfeit parts overwhelm China, include fake airbags, oil seals,” Auto Blog, AOL, February 16, 2011.

Car maker Toyota conducted 250 anti-counterfeiting raids across the world in 2009 that resulted in 1.1 Million counterfeit auto parts being seized by authorities.

The company losses between $210 to $320 Million to fake parts in China alone.

In Kenya, over 80 percent of the Toyota products sold in the country were discovered to have been counterfeits.

Source: Sam Smith, “Largest watchmaker ‘fed up’ with Gulf fakes,” Emirates 247, October 13, 2010.

Counterfeit Auto Parts in Saudi Arabia is estimated to worth $3.4 Billion (13 Billion Riyal).

Half of all auto accidents that lead to deaths in Saudi Arabia in 2007 was caused by counterfeit auto parts.

Source: “Fake parts main cause of accidents,” Arab Times, October 29, 2009.

Counterfeit auto parts were found in 56 percent of all vehicles in China.

Source: Autoweb, “Intellectual Property Theft in the Automobile Industry,” July 2006, page 5.