Beware of Counterfeit Products Online

Millions of people go online to shop for Christmas presents this year. Brick and mortar retailers are showing significant drops in walk in customers and it’s primarily attributed to online stores like Ebay and Amazon.

It is, of course, attractive to shop online. No long trips to the mall, no waiting in line to check out, no wondering if you might have got the same items cheaper somewhere else… but it also comes at a price.

There are millions of counterfeit products being sold online each year. Unless you are purchasing from a reputable dealer or retail store you risk not getting the quality that you are paying for and worse, the item you purchased might not be safe.

Check out this video from England where they tested a real Nutribullet (we’ve had one for about 3 years now and use it every single day. I highly recommend it) and a fake Nutribullet.

Nutribullet
As you can see in the image above (just click on it to watch the test), you really can’t tell the one from the other; they look absolutely identical.

Anyone and everyone can sell their products on Ebay and Amazon. There is no guarantee that if you purchase something from them, you are aren’t getting a counterfeit product. Beware of fake, and dangerous counterfeit products, purchase these type of products from a trusted retail store like Target or Costco.



Warning about “Counterfeit Air Bags”

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is trying to raise awareness of the problem of counterfeit airbags that may not inflate when the vehicle is involved in a collision. Testing by the safety agency revealed the problem which they claim only extends to vehicles that have had replacement put in sometime in the past three years and only when the repair was made by a repair facility other than the dealership. This should only affect less than 0.1 % of motorist out there.

Consumers whose vehicles have been in a crash and had their air bags replaced by a repair shop that is not part of a new car dealership within the past three years or who have purchased a replacement air bag online should contact the call center that has been established by their auto manufacturer to have their vehicle inspected at their own expense and their air bag replaced if necessary. The full list of call centers and additional information are available at http://www.SaferCar.gov.

The counterfeit airbags are apparently linked to organized crime and the NHTSA is working with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Border Protection and the U.S. Department of Justice to try to figure out where they are coming from and stop them from being purchased and installed.

If you believe you may be affect by this consumer watch, you should contact the dealership for your vehicle and have them inspect and replace the faulty airbags if necessary. At this time you will have to do this at your own expense.

The list of affected vehicles at this point in time includes the following:

Make Model Year(s) Model(s)
Acura 2009-2011 TSX
Audi 2006-2009 A3, A4, A6, A8, Q5, Q7
BMW 2007-2011 X5, E70, E60, E61
2008-2010 5-series, 528i, 535i
2004-2007 5-Series, 525i, 530, 535, E60, E61
2007-2011 E90, E91
Not listed E92, E93
2007-2011 X5, E70
2004-2007 525i, 530, 535
2011-2012 X3
Buick 2010-2011 Lacrosse
Chevrolet 2011-2012 Cruze
2006-2010 Aveo
2011-2012 Volt
2012 Camaro
Ford 2012 Focus
2005-2009 Mustang
Honda 2003-2012 Accord
2006-2011 Civic
2002-2011 CRV
2007-2011 Fit
2009-2011 Pilot
2009-2011 Insight
2009-2011 Crosstour
2011 Odyssey
Hyundai 2007-2011 Elantra
Not listed Genesis
Not listed Sonata
Infiniti 2007-2011 G35, EX35
Kia 2010-2011 Soul/Forte
2004-2009 Spectra
Land Rover 2012 Range Rover Evoque
Lexus 2006-2011 IS250, IS350, IS-F
2003-2008 GX470
2007-2009 RX350
Not listed ES350
Mazda 2004 Mazda 3
2010-2012 Mazda 3
Mercedes 2009-2011 C, GLK
2010-2011 E350, E550
2007-2008 S550
2006-2009 ML
2009-2010 GL, ML
Mitsubishi Not listed Outlander
Nissan 1992-2002 Quest
2010-2011 Quest
2009-2011 Cube
2007-2011 Versa
2009-2010 Murano
Not listed Altima
Subaru 2008-2009 Forester
2008-2009 Imprezza
2008-2009 Outback
2010-2011 Legacy
Suzuki 2007-2010 SX4
Toyota 2002-2006 Camry
2012 Camry
2009-2011 Corolla, Matrix
2007-2011 Yaris
2004-2011 Highlander
2004-2011 Sienna
2004-2011 Tacoma
2010-2012 Prius
2003-2006 Tundra
2007-2011 Tundra
2003-2006 Sequoia
2003-2010 Land Cruiser
2004-2007 Highlander
2008-2010 Highlander
2004-2009 4Runner
2007-2009 Solara
2005-2011 RAV4
Volkswagen 2006-2010 Jetta
Volvo Not listed XC60, XC70
Not listed V70, S60, S80