Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India Pvt. Ltd. has undertaken enforcement raids against traders and manufacturers dealing in counterfeit Honda parts across the country. The company has tasked its Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement (IPR) team to lead the charge.
Honda Activa being the largest selling scooter in India, with over 2 lakh units sold every month, is an easy target of these groups who sell fake parts and spares. Other Honda scooters and motorcycle fake spares and parts have also been recovered in recent raids.
Since 2017, Honda Genuine Parts (HGP) campaign has initiated and lodge criminal action against traders, manufacturers and suppliers of counterfeit Honda parts. Honda took help from local police in undertaking 4 successful raid operations in June 2019 in Delhi and Cuttack.
This included showing up at unauthorized service centres. In all, 10,462 counterfeit items including spurious parts, accessories, various counterfeit dies, scooter guard kits, fake packaging machines and label printing machines were seized. The confiscated goods are estimated to be worth Rs. 49 lakh.
Delhi Police conducted 2 raids in Bawana Industrial Area and Karol Bagh market areas. In Cuttack, police raided 2 service centres operating under fake Honda brand name at Sector 9, and Chandi road. The owner was arrested.
In 3 years since formation, Honda IPR Enforcement team has handled 15 raids across major cities including Delhi, Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Secunderabad, Gandhinagar, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Cuttack and Gadhi Hasaru (Gurgaon). To date, 94,000 counterfeit spare parts, accessories and other items have been confiscated. The counterfeit goods hold an estimated value of Rs 2 crore.
From 3 raids in 2017, Honda IPR Enforcement team has already carried out 6 raids in 2019 thus far. Honda is on a mission to aggressively take strict action. The clampdown will take necessary action against spurious traders, suppliers and manufacturers to protect customers from falling prey to counterfeit, duplicate, imitated or fake parts.
Customers are advised to insist on only Honda Genuine Products available at company authorized outlets, service centres and parts distributors. Honda Genuine Parts are sealed with a high-security tamper-proof MRP label that’s easy to distinguish owing to security-enriched features, and includes an original hologram.