Posted on May 10th, 2022 by GEM Motoring Assist

It is no secret that you can buy counterfeit and low-quality car parts, if price alone is your priority. Online marketplaces are reputed to be the most common outlet. However, few replacement parts are required to comply with official standards. Perhaps the most obvious exception to this is bulbs – replacements should possess e-marks, but the market is flooded with LED conversion bulbs, especially, which do not possess the required certification.

With the quality of brake friction parts having an obvious safety impact, the Swiss-based UNECE created the mandatory ‘R90’ standard to guard against cheap, low-grade parts flooding the European market. On the whole, it has been successful, until now.

Thankfully, the UK government agency, DVSA performs random checks, the most recent of which saw three out of eight brake pads failing to meet R90. Yet, the technical details about how the pads failed remain unclear. In an even more worrying finding, the R90 approval documentation for the trio of pads that failed the tests was fake.

The DVSA has told the associated suppliers to withdraw these uncompliant parts from sale, until the situation is resolved. However, the agency has also remained tight-lipped, by not identifying the affected brands, until its investigation is complete.

As always, GEM shall provide further information, when we hear more. In the meantime, we recommend that you use a trusted garage and fit brake friction parts from a well-known brand, owned by a reputable company, from a respected supplier