Drivers warned of fake car parts

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 20 May, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 20 May, 1999, 12:00am

A warning was issued to drivers yesterday after Customs officers seized fake car parts worth a total of $250,000 in three different areas.

The parts, which included 202 sets of brake pads and 3,129 fuel filters, were found in a storage centre in Wang Yip Street, Yuen Long, and at distribution centres in San Po Kong and Shamshuipo on Tuesday.

Three men aged between 33 and 55 were arrested and released on bail.

Ben Leung Lun-cheung, of Customs' Intellectual Property Investigation Bureau, said initial investigations showed the parts came from South Korea and were intended for the local market.

The counterfeit products, all bearing the name of Toyota, were sold for 50 per cent less than the genuine items.

'Using counterfeit parts, especially brake pads, could put motorists at risk,' Mr Leung said.