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LOL @ "counterfeit"
They're just typical Chinese tires.
Geostar, comforser, Nankang [most known of the bunch], Sunny, Linglong, I just saw a new set called Jinyu - on a brand new Accord Touring
I see them all the time, dealers, which are privately owned are able to install whatever on a vehicle as long as it falls within "Safety standards" per the state/province/city/whatever and the tech signs off on it. In Canada, many dealers will offer "free winter tires" as a bonus, you guessed it. The "free ones" are the chinese variations, if you wish to get Michelin's/better you'll pay for them...
Depending on your state, it may or may not be more cost effective to go with generics, or it was the original leasee that put them on in your case.
If super concerned ask to see or look up "safety" laws that the tech needs to sign off on in your state. Honestly, a lot of times it simply requires: no holes in floor, no loose suspension/clunking, working lights/wipers, no detached body panels/mechanical components, a crack in windshield on PASS. side no bigger than 12" and round tires with a min of 4/32", and no uneven wear.
On the note of chinese tires,
I've had a set of "nankangs" way back in the day, at the time 18" tires were still an expensive buy, these were 550$ all in.
Were they chinese? Yep.
Did they drive great? Yep.
In fact I even got caught in a surprise snowfall on my summer-only chinese tires and they performed great.
Better than the Maxxis I was stuck with a year later...