New cars shipped from Japan to the United State have been scrapped because a defect in the heater-defroster system would have cost too much to repair.
LV Cars being rolled over (4 scenes)
LV Lines of cars on sides (3 scenes)
SV PAN From man in cabin to cars running down mute
CU Cars and LV Crane picking up and dumping same (2 scenes)
LV Cars down chute
LV Shredded metal on conveyor
LV Cars down chute into shredder
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: New cars shipped from Japan to the United State have been scrapped because a defect in the heater-defroster system would have cost too much to repair. Local people in Portland, Oregon, were turned away when they tried to buy the cars.
The 155 defective cars arrived cars arrived in the United States two years ago. Honda-American spokesmen explained that it would cost too much either to return them to Japan for rebuilding or to import Japanese technicians to put them right.
Mounting storage bills and the age of the cars -- they were a 1967 type -- influenced the import company in its decision to turn them over the scrap-merchant.
People who came forward money-in-hand to buy the cars were turned away dumbfounded and angry; one told a scrap worker "This is the craziest country I've ever seen, destroying so many cars".
Destruction of the cars was total -- not even the unused tyres were salvaged. The importer received about nine dollars for the scrap value of each car. And as a final irony the shredded steel was expected to find its way back to Japan, as scrap metal. It could even be turned into cars...