Are Rats Eating Your Wires, 2012-2016 Car Models? Then Read This

I'm passing on this article that gives you the skinny on the fat wire eating rats. Read the captions below from the Forbes article. And be mindful that Forbes would not get involved with any frivolous subject, and considering the high reputation for their magazine, this is not something, shall we say...fake.
Also, below the article segments and the link for the full article, I have a ABC T.V. news link from Feb 21, 2017, two days after this Forbes article came out. I hope this information is useful to you, and you may be able to find out id you have one of these models since brand new, or purchased a used model and if the wire harnesses may have been replaced with non-soy based wire coatings. 

Rats! New Cars' Soy-Coated Wires Give Rodents Plenty To Chew On
BY: Michael J. Dunne  
https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaeldunne/2017/02/19/rats-new-cars-soy-coated-wires-give-rodents-plenty-to-chew-on/#744d1362780a

JoAnn Kozakowski-Koch loves her 2016 Volvo XC60.
Trouble is, so do the rats in her neighborhood.  They're chewing through wires in her engine compartment, causing hundreds of dollars in damages.
...Some newer model cars use materials like soy that are more biodegradable than plastics. It's all part of an effort to make car parts more environmentally-friendly.
...But JoAnn's experience with her Volvo does not appear to be an isolated case. Honda, Toyota and other automakers seem to be experiencing chewed up wires, too.  Friends of mine experienced a setback with their recently purchased 2014 Mazda 5. One weekend, they parked at a campground in San Diego a few miles from the ocean. During the Sunday return drive, the car got stuck in second gear and would run no faster than 30 miles per hour. They had to get off the highway and take side streets home.
...Some Toyota and Honda owners say they have shelled out thousands of dollars to replace wiring. In September, 2016, a class-action suit was filed against Toyota for vehicles produced between 2012 and 2016 that used soy-coated wiring. Honda was also slapped with a class-action suit earlier in 2016 for vehicles produced between 2012 and 2015. The common denominator appears to be soy.
Alas, no green deed goes unpunished.


Lawsuit: Plastic in new cars attracting rats

John Bartell, KXTV 12:41 PM. PST February 21, 2017

Do you have warning lights and costly car repairs? Rodent damage could be the culprit behind your next break down.
A class action lawsuit claims the type of plastic used in new cars could be attracting vermin that eat the wires.
"I never could figure out where the stuff came from until I saw the rat," said Barbara Olm. On more than one occasion a tiny hitch hiker made a meal out of the wiring in Olm’s 2012 Lexus.

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