The City of London Police’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has charged a U.K-based man in connection with the sale of fake car airbags.
35 years old Robert Czernik, is facing charges for selling goods likely to be mistaken for a registered trade mark.
PIPCU launched an investigation in January 2016 following a referral from Honda Motor Europe stating that counterfeit airbags were being sold on eBay.
On February 18, 2016 PIPCU arrested a man in Blandford Forum, Dorset. A property in Blackbird Close, Poole was searched where items were seized, including fake car airbags from several car manufacturers.
According to PIUPCU, detectives investigating the report of counterfeit airbags during the course of their investigation identified 680 people believed to have made purchases from an individual selling counterfeit and dangerous airbags and airbag covers on eBay. PIPCU has since contacted and advised the individuals to contact their car manufacture to ensure their airbag is safe. PIPCU have also contacted eBay to remove the seller’s account from their site.
Detailed factory analysis of the airbags was immediately commenced at Honda’s UK headquarters in liaison with PIPCU. It was confirmed that the airbags were counterfeit and that they would not deploy as a genuine airbag would on collision, presenting a clear danger to the public.