Hazards of Using Counterfeit Mercedes-Benz Parts

November 11th, 2015 by
Mercedes-Benz

While everyone is always looking for a way to cut down on expenses, sometimes doing so can come at a tremendous risk. More specifically, going with counterfeit parts for your Mercedes-Benz vehicle can have some pretty dire consequences. Many drivers have no idea just how serious the situation is, which is why Mercedes-Benz and others have been working to get the word out.

In Australia, a new campaign called Genuine is Best has launched. It specifically targets the risks associated with counterfeit wheels, which not only put the vehicle’s owner in danger, but also the passengers and anyone else on the road.
As part of the effort, the group behind the campaign used a CLA 45 AMG® and a CLA 45 AMG® Shooting Brake to illustrate why using genuine wheels is advisable. The vehicles were fitted with genuine and counterfeit wheels, then on a closed course drove over a sizable pothole at speed. While the genuine Mercedes-Benz wheels withstood the harsh impact without so much as a scratch, the same couldn’t be said about the counterfeits.

Time and again, the knock-off wheels broke, sending pieces flying and making it difficult for the driver to maintain control of the vehicle. The flying wheel shrapnel went so far that it would have put anyone walking on the sidewalk or riding a bike at risk.

Counterfeiters Abound

Mercedes-BenzThe issue of counterfeit Mercedes-Benz parts can literally be a life or death subject. Many people put a considerable amount of effort into making the fake parts appealing to consumers who want to save some money. They will copy the packaging that genuine parts come in, even though doing so is a violation of trademark and intellectual property law. Their whole objective is to trick Mercedes-Benz owners into trusting them and their product, which is why you need to be aware of the risks. In the end, the counterfeiters only care about them and usually never answer for the damage and pain they cause.

Counterfeit parts are everywhere, offering a strong temptation for anyone who doesn’t want to spend the money that genuine parts require. Popular knock-off items include oil filters, brake pads, rotors and various steering components. Some advanced parts that fetch a hefty price are also the target of counterfeiters, such as airbags.

A poorly designed airbag no longer provides an extra layer of security for the occupants of a vehicle, but instead can be a deadly obstacle in a crash. By deploying just a fraction of a second too late, the counterfeit airbag can seriously injure or even kill a driver or passenger, even if the accident that triggered the bag wasn’t very severe. It’s simply not worth the risk to save a little bit of money.

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Mercedes-Benz takes great pride in designing, engineering and manufacturing genuine parts that meet the highest standards. Each one is rigorously tested for durability and safety, meaning you can literally trust your life and the lives of your loved ones with them.

At Mercedes-Benz of Athens we only sell and use genuine parts, which is why you can be confident using our dealership. While they might not be the cheapest option available, you know that the components we use are backed by one of the most respected automakers in the world, providing a value that can literally be immeasurable.

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