Land Rover Defenders imported illegally to the United States could be crushed, following a spate of attempted fraudulent imports - a 'significant proportion' of which have come by sea cargo from the UK.
US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers have seized more than a dozen Defenders since October 2012. Defenders can't be imported to the US because they don't meet federal safety standards, including the requirement for airbags. Only pre-Defender-era Ninety and One Ten models built more than 25 years ago can be imported legally - and these are so sought-after, they can fetch up to six times their UK market value.
A spokesman for CBP told LRO: 'Illegal Land Rover Defenders seized by us are either crushed or sold at auction for export. Under US regulations, vehicles with manipulated identification numbers must be destroyed if seized.'