Mahindra & Mahindra Raids Auto Part Makers to Counter Fake Products.

Mahindra & Mahindra, country's leading utility vehicle manufacturer, said it conducted raids across six auto spare part makers and sales outlets in the country, to counter the 'ever-growing' threat of counterfeit products.

The company seized more than a thousand items from raids conducted jointly with the police at shops, traders, packing and manufacturing units in northern India, Mahindra said in a statement on Thursday.

The parts most commonly duplicated include air filters, oil filters, pressure plates and clutch plates, Mahindra said. Counterfeit packaging and labels were also found.

"The biggest concern is safety, since counterfeit parts can wreak havoc in a vehicle, from braking failure to triggering a fire," said Hemant Sikka, chief purchase officer, automotive and farm equipment at Mahindra.