Many automobile owners in California are happy to contribute to the efforts to improve the environment. This may mean driving slower, sharing rides and purchasing hybrid vehicles. However, owners of certain hybrid cars are learning that their vehicles may be attracting more than environmentally conscious drivers. In fact, some have filed class action lawsuits against the manufacturers of certain models for not properly correcting a dangerous issue in their hybrid vehicles.
Apparently, some hybrid cars use electrical wiring with soy-based insulation. The soy in these wires has been attracting rats, which chew through the wiring resulting in hundreds of dollars in damage. Some car owners discover the problem when warning lights begin to flash on their dashboards indicated a problem in the car's electrical system. Other owners began to smell a foul odor from the burning wires.
This issue is most prevalent in models from Honda, Mazda and Toyota. Non-hybrid cars typically use petroleum-based wiring, which rats do not seem to find as appealing. Toyota denies the problem is with the design of the car, saying rodents doing damage under the hood of vehicles is something that has always been a problem. However, mechanics say they are seeing damage of this kind more frequently. The rats apparently enter the cars by climbing into the ventilation systems.
A class action lawsuit is pending in California. Other consumers are taking action across the country by contacting attorneys. An attorney with experience assisting people with dangerous auto defects can guide consumers in the best action to take in such cases.
Source: firstcoastnews.com, "Why rats are chewing up hybrid cars", Kyle Iboshi, Dec. 16, 2017