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Rodents Are Feasting On Newer Cars’ Soy-Based Wiring Insulation

Rodents Are Feasting On Newer Cars’ Soy-Based Wiring Insulation

In an effort to be more friendly to the environment,
companies are making more and more automotive components out of renewable materials, such
as soy or even cannabis. Unfortunately, a side effect of building cars
out of edible materials is that rodents are eating them, reports the Detroit Free Press. The use of soy in car parts is nothing new. Ford has been making seats out of a soybean-based
foam for the past ten years. Ford also uses soy rather than petroleum for
wire insulation. However, some owners have been running into
unforeseen problems when rodents find their way into cars and eat the edible insulation. Ford is not alone in suffering this problem. In 2016, a class-action lawsuit was filed
against Toyota claiming the company should cover this type of damage after Albert Heber
was forced to pay around $1,500 to fix the chewed wiring in his 2012 Tundra under warranty. “We think the addition of soy in the insulation
has taken the episode of rats chewing through the wires through the roof,” attorney Brian
Kabateck, who is involved with the class-action lawsuit, told the Detroit Free Press. Toyota, however, denies that modern insulation
is any more appealing to rodents than the old petroleum-based insulation. “Rodent damage to vehicle wiring occurs
across the industry, and the issue is not brand- or model-specific. We are currently not aware of any scientific
evidence that shows rodents are attracted to automotive wiring because of alleged soy-based
content,” the company retorted. Toyota is correct that the problem is not
limited to any particular brand or model. The use of renewable materials such as soy
has spread across the entire automotive industry, which means that despite the class-action
lawsuit applying only to owners of 2012 to 2016 Toyotas, similar issues could occur in
pretty much any modern car. Mouse infestations in vehicles, even those
that are driven regularly, have been a problem for a long time. A furry visitor recently made a home in my
VW Jetta Ute project, and I’ve cleaned rodent nests out of other cars in the past. Mice chewing wires and causing electrical
problems is nothing new. But now that soy has become popular as an
insulation, instances of this type of problem appear to be on
the rise.

2 thoughts on “Rodents Are Feasting On Newer Cars’ Soy-Based Wiring Insulation”

  1. This could never happen to me because grey squirrels don’t hang around

    very long in our neighborhood and now I have recently begun trapping mice

    at night, outdoors too.

    The easiest way to protect bird feeders, homes, power lines and car wires is to
    trap grey squirrels with a Havahart model 1083 and then put them in a fish

    tank for about 10 minutes. I’ve sent more than 200 grey squirrels to squirrel

    heaven in less than 4 years. The 1083 is much more effective than the

    old fashioned Havahart traps. It can be set with one hand in less than

    10 seconds.

    Then at night I reconfigure my squirrel traps by placing Thomcat saw, toothed

    plastic mouse traps inside them and placing them near the fence line.

    I’ve caught 42 mice since Nov 1 in a suburban neighborhood that I would never

    have guessed had a mouse infestation. (I only noticed this because something

    began stealing the peanut butter from my squirrel traps at night and deductive

    reasoning led me to mousetraps.)

    I place the mouse traps inside the squirrel traps to protect small birds

    and other wildlife from being killed in my traps. Mice are the only

    animals small enough to enter through the wires of a closed squirrel trap.

    When I wake up, I then set the traps for squirrels again. If you wait to see

    mice inside your home before you set traps, you are setting yourself up for

    a big problem.

    Local governments and/or power companies should be paying people a

    bounty to trap grey squirrels. Most people are too lazy and/or too stupid

    to do this without some financial incentive

    In the last century humans in North America hunted squirrel predators

    like hawks, foxes, coyotes etc nearly to extinction and since humans

    have created this current grey squirrel crisis it is now our job to fix it.

    Some states have extended their squirrel hunting seasons in recent

    years for this explicit reason but that is not going to have any impact on

    urban and suburban squirrel populations.

    When you use google to find news stories for “squirrels” it very

    seldom involves good news.

    Most frequently squirrels are mentioned in stories about house fires,

    eating car wire insulation or some other type of catastrophe, stories about

    some bizarre incident, or stories about some crazy person who thinks a grey

    squirrel is his or her friend.

    The news story below tells you all you need to know about the problems

    grey squirrels are causing all across this country. If Muslims were

    causing 3,456 power outages EVERY YEAR ! it would be considered a

    national emergency, and the news media would be dedicating entire

    shows to tell us about it.


    Squirrel knocks out power for more than 12,500 in Erie County

    By Keith McShea | Published November 18, 2018

    “Squirrels are a leading cause of power outages. In 2016, a survey by

    the American Public Power Association said that wildlife, notably

    squirrels, were the leading cause of power outages, followed by

    failure of overhead equipment, weather and vegetation.

    The APPA reported that in 2016, utilities reported 3,456 outages

    “caused by the ubiquitous rodents” that cut off power to more than

    193,873 customers.”


  2. Sadly, car makers use the CHEAPEST material they can find so SOY based wiring, body parts, and tires make the BILLIONS a year in profits!
    Until they are sued for billions over their stupidity, this will only get worse

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