Majority of United Arab Emirates residents concerned about potentially dangerous counterfeit refrigerants, which are increasingly found in the Middle East, according to a report.
As reported by Gulf Daily News, more than half of the respondents to a survey in the UAE believe there are counterfeit refrigerants fraudulently labelled as brand-name, authentic refrigerants sold in the Emirates, added the survey conducted by technology company Honeywell as part of its campaign to fight counterfeiting.
Ipsos, a survey specialist company, working on behalf of Honeywell, surveyed 400 people via telephone in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah who own and operate one or more refrigerators or air conditioners for their home, office or vehicle.
More than eight of 10 respondents said they would prefer brand-name refrigerants to limit the risks posed by counterfeits, which can often be flammable, toxic and damaging to air conditioning and refrigeration systems.
Highlights of the survey:
• 57 per cent of those surveyed in UAE believe counterfeit refrigerants fraudulently labelled as brand-name, authentic refrigerants are sold in their country
• 81 per cent indicate they would prefer a brand-name refrigerant for their home, office, car or refrigerator if it would limit the risks posed by counterfeit refrigerants
• 73 per cent believe that counterfeit refrigerants can cause equipment failure more serious and costly than genuine brand name products
• 71 per cent believe that counterfeit refrigerants can be toxic, and 67 per cent believe they can be flammable.