Wearing nice rims on our car is something that gives the vehicle style, but it also has a price. And if we are not willing to pay it and we opt for cheap solutions, these can have serious consequences for our safety and for our own vehicle.
When looking for components for our vehicle, it is common for us to find products similar to those of the leading brands but with much cheaper prices. They are the products called replica, which imitate the design of the highest level products but whose characteristics tend to remain in the visual, since their safety, durability and resistance are not up to par. Something that we must take into account, for example, when buying the best tires for our car. Because a wrong decision can end up having serious consequences.
In order to make users aware of the risks of this type of second-line products, the manufacturer Mercedes has decided to take action and demonstrate to users the real risks of this type of products when it comes to providing adequate performance and the minimum security when moving on the road.
The experiment is simple and the result can be seen on YouTube. In this video of the test a Mercedes CLA 45 AMG is used, equipped with 19-inch diagonal wheels and a considerable power that can reach 360 horses. Enough therefore to demand the maximum from the components, when it comes to triggering the vehicle’s performance.
However, to carry out this experiment it was not necessary to increase the engine power to its limit, nor was it necessary to seek an expert driver, one of those who are capable of pushing the vehicle to the limit. In this case, it was enough to put the vehicle at 50 kilometers per hour and make it go over a false pothole, built specifically for the test and very similar to the potholes and even soundtracks that we can find in any cart.
The end result of the experiment is clear. Once the vehicle overcomes the pothole, the tire breaks, losing a good part of the metal located on the outside of it. A piece of metal that, if shot, could become a dangerous hazard to anyone in the vicinity of this vehicle. Not to mention the risk of having a tire that breaks with so little, which can end up cracking the tire and causing an accident.
It is not the only case
Despite the spectacular nature of the video, if we continue to take a look at YouTube, it will not be difficult for us to find videos in which these imitation tires are subjected to some efforts, with unfortunate results. Any small blow on the surface of the rim or simply applying a little pressure on it is enough so that the material with which that rim is made deteriorates or even cracks.
Imagine now that instead of this tear occurring in a laboratory or under controlled conditions, this tire tear occurs when we drive our vehicle down a highway at high speed. Needless to say, the result would be a real catastrophe, from which it will surely be very difficult for us to save ourselves. Because in those circumstances, a fractured arm of a tire would make the vehicle unruly and probably cause the ultimate destruction of the tire, with the total loss of control of the vehicle.
The reason for these kinds of problems is obvious. Imitation tires do not have the quality of materials or manufacturing processes that we can find in quality tires. The forging systems of these rims require high technology, as well as a controlled and high-resistance material, considering the type of stresses to which the rim is subjected while driving the vehicle.
Precisely for all this, the tires also go through a previous design process in which the safety that the user deserves when rolling is guaranteed. Something that is complemented by a complete quality control process, which verifies each tire prior to its shipment to the market, in order to detect defective products or that are not as safe as they should be.
All these elements disappear when it comes to fake or imitation tires. These rims are made of poor quality materials, they have dyspnea that are not always correct and the quality control of this manufacturing process is often conspicuous by its absence. So the ingredients for disaster are served.
How to identify dangerous tires
At this point in the article, you may have already gone to take a look at the tires of your car to verify that they are adequate and that they have not given you a hoax. The truth is that there are many ways to identify poor quality tires but there are also some manufacturers with quite little shame, who can give the hit even to the most seasoned users.
The first detail that makes us think that some wheels are not original is the price. When some tires for our vehicle have a price that is well below what the rest of the tires on the market cost, there is reason to be suspicious. As the saying goes, nobody gives four pesetas hard, nor does they sell tires at a bargain price … unless said tires are not what they seem.
Another detail that should make us suspicious is the sales channel for these tires. Many tire manufacturers, both vehicle manufacturers and leading companies in the sector, are dedicated to selling through exclusive channels. Therefore, we can only buy your products through a number of specific distributors. If we find your tires outside of those circuits or distributors we have a high chance that they are fake.