• Jan 23, 2007
In a study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy, Ford Motor Company is said to be losing about $1 billion per year due to counterfeit parts sales. Ford states that the real cost could be much higher, as it's impossible to determine the potential costs in terms of reduced safety related to these parts.

Ford has a full-time staff that is tasked to pursue the manufacturers and resellers of these parts, but admits that legal action is very difficult to enforce outside of the US and Mexico. Other companies included in the survey included Merck & Co., New Balance, Xerox Corp, and Bendix, all of who experience similar issues with counterfeiting.

Next time you buy those knock-off parts for your ride, take into consideration that you are not only putting your life on the line, but also the countless other drivers on the road around you. Spend a few more bucks and get the right parts, right from the source or else a legitimate substitute.

[Source: MSNBC]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      The fear mongering is amazing. you scared to death guys just take the absolute worse scenario. You talk about 5 cent brakes. you talk about people dying. how about the best scenario?
      Did you know THE VAST MAJORITY of counterfeit parts do the job fine and cause no problems for anyone? This is not a boiling issue. People are not dying. Cars are not crashing. Some counterfeit parts maybe defective, but the vast majority are not.

      Come to think of it some OEM parts maybe defective too. should we start a campaign for that too???

      Get a life. Or maybe you work for delphi and this is your life? Then your passion explains it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      mkbruin, aren't you a rabid Ford fan -or employee

      Get a grip. No one would prefer to knowingly buy counterfeit parts- That's really a no brainer.

      Counterfeit parts are not limited to the brake pads, there are thermostats, water pumps,etc. The likelyhood of them ending up in lawsuits is a very small percentage. I don't understand why you would concerned about it anyway.

      I confess that I actually like Ford products as a whole. But you choose to ignore the profit incentive of counterfeiters, Ford makes themselves a target by charging such high prices for their parts.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The only thing they can say to help their situation is to scare people. They want to hammer the safety issue everytime so people pay over the top for geuine FORD parts. every after market glass and parts I have bought has been flawless.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It seems like several people have already pointed it out, but just to clarify again: Ford is not trying to keep company "XYZ" from selling you parts for your car, Ford would like to prevent company "XYZ" from illegally labeling their parts as "Ford Genuine".

      Many aftermarket parts have fine quality, but the box should have the name of the company that made them on it. The poor quality/safety issues arise when someone buys a box labeled "Ford", but the parts were actually put together by a company or individual too ashamed/scared to put their own name on the box.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is nothing compared to the problems that BMW has been having with counterfiet MINIs.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Pretty sick state of affairs. This obviously has implications for every car owner and manufacturer.

      I'd say unfortunately, the majority would go for fake parts if it saved them a buck, then look to sure anyone they could if the products failed. Standard human nature.

      I'd love to see a few of these large outfits producing counterfeits go down.. I can ony expect that this problem will get worse too.
      • 8 Years Ago
      sean lawrence, before you continue your nice little ford bash (feels good, huh...) keep in mind, we are not talking about purchasing Raybestos instead of Ford branded brake pads. We are talking about black or grey market parts shipped in from China or the like and sold at far below even standard aftermarket prices. Said chinese grey market brake pads that joe shmoe buys to save $10 fail and joe sues ford.

      Ford doesn't care that you buy your parts from Checker, Napa, Pep Boys, Advance Auto, or a dealership. They care that you are putting a $.05 brake pad made without any form of quality control or checks on your 5000lb SUV.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'll bet those counterfeit parts are made in Taiwan or Mexico....oh wait, arent the "Gen-U-Whine" Ford parts made there also?

      Give me a break.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Really? Who that is really price conscious, goes looking for "genuine" ford parts on ebay or where-ever you get ford knockoffs. I wouldn't think the market is that big.

      I have a ford. I go to an independent mechanic. I use generic brake rotor/pads etc or anything else that I need. This is neither dangerous, nor illegal and I suspect this what most of the market is doing.

      Ford seems to be engaged in a little fear mongering to get people to buy overpriced "genuine" ford parts.

      I lost a plastic hubcap. Ford wanted $60 for one freaking plastic hubcap. I picked up a generic for around $10. Years later now and the generic held up much better than the Ford caps.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is a huge problem and has been for years and not just in the automotive industry.

      Lets say you think you are buying that factory seatbelt/airbag etc: The counterfit ends up not working. Not a good way to start the day.

      • 8 Years Ago
      mkbruin, i feel your pain. Perhaps what you said bears repeating:

      COUNTERFEIT does not mean AFTERMARKET.

      An aftermarket brake pad says something like "Raybestos" on the side and is built by a reputable company as an alternative to the official Ford/Motorcraft service part.

      A counterfeit brake pad says "Frod Motorkraft" and is made from compressed sawdust and sold out of the back of a van to unscrupulous repair shops that are billing the customer (or, more likely, the insurance company) for the full price of a genuine part.

      Consumers generally do not know they are getting counterfeit parts; THAT is the problem.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Thank you to the few of you who have brains enough to distinquish between the words "aftermarket" and "counterfeit".

      No one is saying you have to buy Ford or Motorcraft parts, but #20 was right, they will say something like Motocraft (notice the missing r in motor) or have similar looking packaging to copy the Motorcraft logo on their box closely but not exactly.

      Meanwhile they take no responsibility for the certain failure and you go sue Ford over a part they didn't make, order (if it was made by a supplier), or most importantly- durability test.

      Also for those of you who think the manufacturers are ripping you off on the price of parts, understand that the testing and quality controls on those parts are second to none. While most aftermarket parts are acceptable, they are not tested to the stringent standards that the OEM tests to. That is what you are paying for- and anyone who has used aftermarket alternators/starters/power windows and tries to tell you that they are just as good either has no experience or is lying.

      Oh and by the way, Motorcraft, Goodwrench, etc. are the lower priced brand parts that are offered by the OEM but are closer to aftermarket quality than OEM. Have you compared the price of a Motorcraft/Goodwrench and Fram filter or Motorcraft and Raybestos brake pads? Their not that far off.
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