Delhi Police Bust Counterfeit Airbag Manufacturing Operation, Arrest Three Accused

Delhi Police arrests 3 for manufacturing and selling counterfeit airbags worth Rs 1.8 crore, highlighting the serious safety risks posed by these fake products.

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Delhi Police Bust Counterfeit Airbag Manufacturing Operation, Arrest Three Accused

Delhi Police Bust Counterfeit Airbag Manufacturing Operation, Arrest Three Accused

On April 21, 2024, the Delhi Police arrested three individuals for allegedly manufacturing and selling counterfeit airbags of top car brands, including BMW, Toyota, and Maruti. The police conducted raids on two workshops near Mata Sundari Road in Central Delhi, where they seized 921 fake airbags worth an estimated Rs 1.8 crore.

According to the police, the accused, identified as Faizan (26), Mohd. Faraz (35), and Furkan (35), had been operating the counterfeit airbag manufacturing business for the past four years. They were selling the fake airbags at half the price of genuine ones, targeting customers whose vehicles required replacement airbags after the original ones had deployed.

During the raids, the police recovered a large number of counterfeit airbags for various car models, including 12 airbags of MG, 13 of BMW, 22 of Citroen, 23 of Nissan, 27 of Renault, 17 of Volkswagen, 20 of Mahindra, 14 of Toyota, 32 of Tata, 39 of Honda, 57 of Skoda, 66 of Hyundai, 86 of Suzuki, 12 of KIA, 8 of Ford, 3 of Volvo, and 15 without any logo. The police also seized equipment and raw materials used in the manufacturing process, such as balloon cloths and airbag motors.

Why this matters: The use of counterfeit airbags poses a serious safety risk to consumers, as these products may not meet the required safety standards and could malfunction in the event of an accident. The Delhi Police's crackdown on the production and sale of fake automobile parts highlights the importance of addressing this issue to ensure the safety of vehicle occupants.

A case has been registered against the three accused under sections 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code. The police have written to all the affected car companies, requesting them to join the investigation. Additionally, a quality test of the seized airbags will be conducted as part of the ongoing investigation.

Key Takeaways

  • Delhi Police arrested 3 for manufacturing counterfeit airbags worth Rs 1.8 crore.
  • Fake airbags were sold for top car brands like BMW, Toyota, and Maruti at half price.
  • Seized 921 counterfeit airbags for various car models, including MG, BMW, and Citroen.
  • Counterfeit airbags pose safety risks as they may not meet required standards.
  • Case registered under IPC sections, quality test of seized airbags to be conducted.