On 22 February 2018, Robert Czernik was sentenced at Inner London Crown Court to two counts under Section 92 of the Trade Marks Act for selling fake airbags. He received five months in prison for each count to run concurrently, suspended for 12 months. He will also have to carry out 135 hours of unpaid work.
The City of London Police’s Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) investigated when Honda Motor Europe discovered potentially dangerous counterfeit airbags were being sold online. The report from Honda confirmed that the airbags sold by Czernik had not been produced to any recognised safety standard and might not activate correctly in a collision, therefore potentially causing serious or life threatening injuries. A total of 28 brands were identified by detectives as being affected.