Rats can’t resist the wiring in newer cars: Here’s why – USA Today, 2018/05/07
In 2016 in California, a class-action lawsuit against Toyota claimed the company should cover — under warranty — damage from rodents chewing through insulation for wiring that is now soy-based rather than petroleum-based.
“While advances in car construction can be beneficial to the environment, there may also be unforeseen consequences such as making your car more appetizing to rodents,” Tracy Noble, spokeswoman of AAA Mid-Atlantic, said in a 2016 press release.
The Los Angeles lawyer is involved in a class-action lawsuit on behalf of Albert Heber of Delphi, Ind., whose 2012 Tundra had its soy-based insulated wiring chewed through by rodents three times, the first in 2013. The costs of repair totaled about $1,500 — damage that Kabateck said Toyota wouldn’t cover under warranty.
“Our contention, why soy is certainly — it’s laudable — they’re trying to be more green, at the same time, it’s becoming a potential food product for rats,” Kabateck said. He believes rats find it “delicious.”
So I had to look up why car manufacturers are using soy based wiring.
Are Bioplastics In Cars Leading To More Rodent Damage? – How To Prevent Rats from Eating Your Car Wires, 2017/05/29
In recent years, the auto industry has become very focused on the initiative to “go green” with a major shift to try and reduce reliance on petroleum based products. This has led to a whole variety of car parts being made from different organic substances such as soy, corn, sugar cane, recycled wood, castor beans, etc.
A large part of our cars are made from food. No wonder rats are pigging out. So they are focused on being more green – great. Seems as though they didn’t think of the rats. But there’s also this…
How Car Manufacturers Benefit From Soy Based Wiring – How To Prevent Rats from Eating Your Car Wires, 2017/11/16
I’ll just hit the bullet points.
- Dealerships Get More Business
- Expensive, Labor Intensive Work
- Insurance Requires Factory Made Parts
- Honda’s Rodent Tape
So if this is an issue for you, you may want to ask some questions when purchasing that shiny new car.
Maybe there is an actual benefit to petroleum based products.