Man charged in fake airbag investigation
The City of London Police’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU)
yesterday (Thursday 16 February 2017) charged a man in connection with the
sale of fake car airbags.
Robert Czernik, aged 35, of Blackbird Close, Poole, Dorset was charged with
selling goods likely to be mistaken for a registered trade mark (Trade
He is due to appear on bail at City of London Magistrates Court on the 16th
In January 2016 an investigation was launched by PIPCU following a referral
from Honda Motor Europe who identified that counterfeit airbags were being
sold on eBay.
On the 18 February 2016 PIPCU arrested a man in Blandford Forum, Dorset and
a property in Blackbird Close, Poole was searched where items were seized,
including fake airbags from several car manufacturers.
Detectives investigating identified 680 people believed to have made
purchases from an individual selling counterfeit and dangerous airbags and
airbag covers on eBay.
The 680 people have been contacted and advised to contact their car
manufacture to ensure their airbag is safe. PIPCU have also contacted eBay
to remove the seller’s account from their site.
Detailed factory analysis of the airbags was immediately commenced at
Honda’s UK headquarters in liaison with PIPCU. It was confirmed that the
airbags were counterfeit and that they would not deploy as a genuine airbag
would on collision, presenting a clear danger to the public.
The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit is a specialist national police
unit dedicated to protecting the UK industries that produce legitimate,
high quality, physical goods and online and digital content from
intellectual property crime.
The operationally independent unit was launched in September 2013 with
funding from the Intellectual Property Office (IPO). The unit is based
within the Economic Crime Directorate of the City of London Police, which
is the National Policing Lead for Fraud.