Motorists are being warned to be “extremely vigilant” when purchasing car parts after police seized counterfeit brake pads in multiple raids on both sides of the border.
The brake pads, branded as Volkswagen, SEAT, Skoda and Audi, were seized at properties in Dublin, Galway, Mayo, Donegal, Belfast and Armagh.
An examination of the brake pads revealed the potentially dangerous counterfeit parts failed to meet the required breaking friction levels. The test concluded the fakes would not meet the European standard.
In elements of the testing, the brake pads were found to have 30% lower braking efficiency than the genuine part.
Anyone who suspects they have purchased counterfeit pads has been urged to report it. Tell-tale signs include any of these words appearing on the pads: Wasserpumpe, Formel Q, Taxte, or Texta.