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Irony: Chinese Auto Industry Plagued By Counterfeit Parts

Posted in auto industry, Mechanics, News, Repair, Safety by Kurt Ernst | February 18th, 2011 | 3 Responses |

Getting new pads in China? You may want to see the box they shipped in.

Want to look like a millionaire on a minimum wage budget? Spend an afternoon shopping in New York City, where you can find any Chinese-made, counterfeit luxury goods you’d ever want. Just like the real stuff, the quality depends on your budget. Spend $20, and your newly acquired Faulex watch may keep time for a day or so. Spend a few hundred in the right shops, and you probably find a Faulex that’s nearly indistinguishable from the real thing. No matter how aggressively manufacturers try to shut down Chinese counterfeit manufacturers, nothing seems to stem the tide of counterfeit goods coming into the country. As long as consumers worship a logo and check their morality at the door, counterfeit goods will continue to be a problem.

Counterfeit Chinese goods aren’t limited to wallets, watches and handbags. As Autoblog reports, counterfeit auto repair parts have made their way into the Chinese auto industry. Some, like gaskets, may not pose much of a threat. Other components, such as brake pads, spark plugs, oil seals and airbags can cause substantial damage or personal injury if they fail. The attraction to auto repair facilities is low cost, since the knock-off parts usually sell for a fraction of the genuine article. Lower cost obviously means higher profit, and component failure guarantees repeat business. For the unscrupulous, it’s a win-win situation.

Counterfeit auto parts are nothing new, and I remember trade magazines warning of the danger of “knockoff” PCV valves and breather filters in my own wrenching days. What’s disturbing is the type of part that’s now being copied; bogus breather filters are one thing, but brake pads manufactured with inferior materials and no quality control are something else entirely.

Source: Autoblog

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  2. John says:

    I work in high tech industry and we use hydrogen tanks made in China and I cannot tell you how many have defects. we’re talking upwards of 60% scrap rate. Problem was we couldn’t find anyone stateside to make the tanks for us at a cost that kept us competitive. After seeing all the problems we were having from simple paint specs to poor manufacturing to inferior materials, we had no choice but to move to carbon fiber spun tanks made in North america. Yeah the cost may kill us but when you’re storing pressures up to 350bar, you have to know what you’re putting into your product is safe. I was just amazed that the company just continues to send us crap after time and again telling them there is a problem. I don’t know if it’s the language barrier or that they just don’t care and think if we don’t buy the tanks, someone else will. I think if we had the chance to do it over, we would avoid China like the plague, at least where high pressure gas cylinders are concerned.

    • Kurt Ernst says:

      John, thanks for the note, and that’s some scary stuff. It’s what happens when MBAs have more clout than engineers and product managers; they may understand the bottom line, but they have a hard time distinguishing between “cost” and “value”.