The Surprising Reason Behind Recent Cases Of Rodent Damage To Vehicle Upholstery And Wiring, And How Damage Of This Sort Can Be Prevent
Mice and rats sometimes gain access into the interior of vehicles where they inflict damage to upholstery. It is also not uncommon for rodents to inflict damage to the electronic wiring beneath the hood of cars. In some cases, rodents can remain within vehicles while they are being driven, causing drivers to become startled by the pests while in traffic, possibly resulting in accidents. Rodent damage to engine wiring can pose a fire hazard, and such damage could cause vehicles to come to a stop in highway traffic. Rodent pest activity of this sort may seem unlikely to occur, but as it happens, vehicles all over the US have been sustaining rodent damage at unusually high rates during the past couple of years, and mice and rats are not the only ones to blame. Since 2017, consumers have been filing lawsuits against major car companies over their use of soy wire coverings, which rodents seem to enjoy eating.
Rodents will eat anything, even soy, which is now well known due to its controversial use in the manufacturing of vehicle electronics. CEOs of major car companies like Toyota and Honda are claiming that they began using soy for this purpose because it is a more environmentally friendly manufacturing material, but critics claim that soy is preferred because it’s cheaper than other materials. The damage that rodents have been causing to soy wire covering has resulted in thousands of dollars in damage and has lead to vehicle failures in heavy traffic. Just three months after Sandy Medina purchased her Toyota Forerunner, the vehicle’s engine light flashed while she was in the middle of heavy traffic before coming to a complete stop. Not only did mechanics find a rodent nest in her engine, but the pests had eaten just about every electronic wire within her vehicle, costing her 6,000 dollars in damage repairs. Medina claims that the rodent damage posed a fire and safety hazard, and that she believed that her life was in danger when her vehicle began to fail. Attorney Brian Kabateck has filed a class action lawsuit against Toyota on behalf of a large number of consumers who found themselves in circumstances similar to Medina’s. However, representatives for Toyota and Honda claim that rodent damage to vehicle wiring has been a common occurrence for decades, and that there is no evidence that soy wire covering attracts or is appetizing to rodent pests.
Have you ever discovered rodent damage to the interior upholstery or engine wiring within your car?