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Fake car airbag company busted, 3 held in Delhi | Delhi News

NEW DELHI: With the arrest of three men in central Delhi, a multi-crore syndicate manufacturing fake car airbags that could endanger the lives of many commuters was busted on Saturday. Suspects Faizan (26), Faraz (35) and Furkan (35) had been running the racket for the past three years, police said.

After receiving a tip-off about the manufacture of counterfeit airbags on April 16, police identified a shop, ‘T-Huts’, on Mata Sundari Road near Connaught Place. A total of 921 counterfeit airbags, with an estimated face value of Rs 1.8 crore, were seized during the raid, said M Harshvardhan, DCP (central).

Two workshops manufacturing the counterfeit airbags were busted and the suspects were nabbed after they refused permission to manufacture the airbags, the DCP said, adding that duplicate airbags of reputed domestic and international brands had been seized. The suspects targeted owners of luxury SUVs and imported sedans.

More than 100 parts of raw materials used in the illegal manufacture of the airbags were also seized. The airbags, which are mounted in sealed steering wheels, are then used to replace the vehicle’s original factory-fitted steering wheel, the DCP said, adding that the steering wheels had fake logos of car brands to defraud customers.

Police said customers were willing to cut costs to get a cheaper alternative rather than go for an original part from the showroom. “The store targeted customers whose airbags in their cars had already deployed as a result of a major or minor accident. Such customers opted for products that were not available in the market and were sold at half the price of genuine airbags available in brands’ showrooms and workshops,” the DCP said. said.

A case has been registered under sections 336 (act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 34 (general intention) of the Indian Penal Code, police said.

On the proliferation of unapproved airbags, the officer said, “Auto mechanics started refining fake airbags using spare parts obtained by scrapping old and defunct cars.”

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“Since they were a cheap knockoff, there is no guarantee whether the airbags will work or not,” the officer added.

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