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Nissan Crushing Hundreds of Recalled Vans

December 10, 1993

DETROIT (AP) _ Nissan Motor Corp. is crushing hundreds of recalled minivans, figuring it’s better to give the owners cash payments instead of thousands of dollars worth of repairs.

The C-22, a mid-priced van, has been recalled four times, in 1987, 1990, 1992 and this year. Nissan stopped making the vans in 1990.

The latest recall involves 33,000 vehicles made in 1987, 1988 and 1990 and was prompted by 12 fires. There have been have been no accidents or deaths resulting from the problems, Nissan said, but the company has warned owners of the potential for fires resulting from breaks in the fan belt.

Company spokesman Mark Adams said Thursday that it has crushed 900 of the 15,000 vans that have thus far been brought into the dealers, after owners agreed to accept a cash settlement.

On the others, Nissan is installing a new cooling system, including a radiator, electric fan and other parts.

Nissan is spending at least $45 million to fix the vans, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

Adams acknowledged that crushing sold vehicles and making four recalls for a model were unusual. But he denied there were any overall design problems with the van.

″We’re doing this for customer satisfaction,″ he said.

An owners’ survey by the company found that about two-thirds of the respondents said they were happy with the service they had received from Nissan.

But some owners allege that Nissan has made serious errors in the vans’ production.

The law firm of Mithoff & Jacks in Austin, Texas, has filed a class action lawsuit against Nissan on behalf of owners in Texas, California and Florida, demanding that Nissan buy back the vans at the purchase price.

The court has not yet decided whether to give the lawsuit class action status.

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