Car that doesn’t meet US standards seized from owner, to be junked in NJ

An imported car that sells for more than $20,000 will be turned into scrap at a New Jersey junkyard because it does not meet U.S. highway safety standards.

The Austin Mini that will be scrapped at Price’s Auto Recyclers in Plumsted on Thursday was seized as part of an “Operation Atlantic” partnership between the U.S. and the United Kingdom to prevent such imports.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials are trying to prevent Minis and Land Rover Defenders that don’t meet U.S. safety and emissions standards from entering the country.

The vehicles are seized from owners who thought they had followed proper procedures.

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