“The counterfeiting industry has organised crime structures and often generates higher profits than drug trafficking. We are working closely with authorities around the world in order to curtail these structures and combat threats to road safety.” says Renata Jungo Brüngger, Member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Group AG, Integrity & Legal Affairs.
Mercedes-Benz also reported that it has seen a spike in the production and distribution of these counterfeit products since the global lockdown hit in 2020. This was possible as more and more people started purchasing products online through parts websites and social media channels. As a result, it requires a lot more effort from Mercedes-Benz brand protection experts to prevent the sale of these fake products.
Over a glance, it is often hard to identify a counterfeit product from the original by an untrained eye. However upon a closer inspection, blatant differences in quality can be identified. These products are dangerous as they pose a severe safety risk on the roads as they are usually of a lower quality and do not meet the legal requirements set by industry authorities.
How to identify a counterfeit product?
Typically, indicators of a counterfeit product are extremely low prices or offers that do not match the product listings on official Mercedes-Benz websites. Conspicuous product quality and sale via dubious online sources are red flags as well. A keen eye can also identify many counterfeit products as the automaker simply does not manufacture those items. So it is best to compare a product and its product code listed on official Mercedes-Benz websites and other websites. More often than not, sub-standard production can be spotted visually and one can avoid buying a potential safety hazard for their vehicle and others on the road.