On the 25 June in South Carolina, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) raided a bearing storage unit. After an investigation, NCIS concluded that the warehouse was illegally distributing low quality, counterfeit bearings. They managed to seize hundreds of fake NTN Bearings products, as well as several other major Japan and US manufacturers.
Major bearing corporations were involved with the investigation and volunteered to help with identifying the counterfeit products. All of the suspicious products were confiscated and catalogued to assist in future investigations.
NTN are an active member of the World Bearing Association, who are a group of bearing manufacturers that seek to ensure the safety of consumers worldwide. For more infromation about fake bearings, visit the World Bearing Association’s website stopfakebearings.com