No real harm can come from rockin' a fake Gucci bag or bootleg Yeezy's, save for a big hit to your reputation. But counterfeit auto parts are downright risky business, and according to Automotive News China, it may a bigger problem than anyone imagined. ANC's report states that China is responsible for roughly 83% of the world's counterfeit parts. And these aren't things like a shift knob or wiper blade (though they probably do them too), these are crucial, high-wear components like spark plugs, oil seals and airbags; yes, fake airbags.
Overall, their estimate for counterfeit parts that will flood the U.S. repair market this year, comes in at about $45 billion dollars. It's a problem so big, authorities can barely keep up with finding the bogus operations. So what do you do the next time your ride needs to hit the shop? Well, hit the dealer if possible, but otherwise make sure your mechanic gets his stuff from reputable places, even if it means you shell out a little bit more. This one's got a bit more than your rep riding on it.
Source: Automotive News China