Some 600 counterfeit Black Rhino Wheels valued at around P7 million were seized by the agents of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) during multiple and simultaneous raids conducted last October 23.
Armed with multiple search warrants issued by Branch 24 of the Regional Trial Court of Manila City, NBI agents raided several locations in Makati, Manila, Parañaque, and Quezon City. These search warrants were granted when TSW Alloy Wheels, USA (TSW), the owner of the Black Rhino brand, filed complaints against the said sellers of the fake Black Rhino wheels in violation of Intellectual Property laws in the Philippines.
A total of nine stores and three warehouses identified by NBI’s Special Action Unit were raided simultaneously after several months of surveillance operations. Aside from confiscating the wheels, multiple criminal and civil charges are now being prepared against the sellers of the counterfeit Black Rhino Wheels.
There is an inherent risk in buying and using fake branded wheels. Some years back, Black Rhino posted on social media an SUV suffered a near-fatal crash when one of the fake Black Rhino wheels suddenly cracked at highway speed, leading to a serious vehicular crash.
TSW warns the sometimes unsuspecting public on the dangers of using counterfeit products like these. There is a reason why these products are sold below market prices of the genuine ones as these wheels are made of inferior materials and incapable of carrying the prescribed loads for which they are supposedly rated for. Terence Scheckter, President of TSW, commented, “TSW values the safety of its customers through rigorous engineering and testing methods to ensure proper wheel load ratings. As such, the prevalence of counterfeit wheels carrying the Black Rhino brand will not be tolerated and violators will be sought after and prosecuted at the fullest extent of the law.” TSW also said that similar raids conducted in South Africa last month by the South African Police Service’s Commercial Crime Unit.
Alvin Uy wears many hats, foremost among them being an executive for a home improvement chain and real estate developer and part of a family-owned chemical business. Aside from writing about motoring news and car reviews, he loves to write about traveling, food and wine reviews, mechanical timepieces and classic cars.