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Threat of Soy Wiring Rodent Damage Rises in Winter

Did you know that soy wiring inside automobiles attracts mice and other rodents as a food source, potentially rendering your vehicle inoperable? That’s a message the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) wants motorists to hear, especially in winter time when soy wiring damage caused by rodents becomes more common. “Cars and trucks offer ideal places for refuge for rodents to spend the winter. Once inside, they are insulated from the cold and potential predators, and can easily gain access through vents, steering columns and pedal shafts,” said Cindy Mannes, vice president of public affairs for NPMA. “Some automobile brands also ... Read More

Woodchucks Devoured Soy-Based Wiring in Paul Ryan’s Chevy Suburban

Rodent-attracting soy-based wiring in automobiles is a growing problem, and House Speaker Paul Ryan says his Chevrolet Suburban is among the vehicles that have been damaged by hungry rodent scavengers. “My car was eaten by animals,” Ryan told an audience at the Economic Club of Washington, according to The Washington Times. Ryan said that his Suburban has been parked at his mother’s house in Wisconsin ever since he became House Speaker in 2015 and was assigned a security detail. He hasn’t driven since then. According to Ryan, his mother went to Florida for the winter and when she returned she ... Read More

Honda Class Action Claims Rabbits, Rodents Have Appetite For Soy-Based Wiring

A federal class action lawsuit representing vehicle owners in three states claims soy-based electrical wire coatings have caused rats, mice, rabbits, and squirrels to munch on Honda engines like snacks, causing severe and costly damage. Lead plaintiff Daniel Dobbs, a Wyoming resident, and owners of Honda vehicles in Texas and Arizona sued Honda earlier this year for breach of warranty, alleging the biodegradable, food-based wire coatings Honda used in 2012-2015 model-year vehicles are defective in their design. The plaintiffs say Honda refuses to cover the repairs. Another plaintiff, Arizona resident Greg Delaney, took his ’14 Honda CrossTour to have wires ... Read More

Soy-Based Wire Coatings Turn Car Engines Into Rodent B&Bs

A growing number of consumer reports and complaints are raising concerns that automotive wiring made from soy and other biodegradable food-based materials is transforming car engines into the ultimate bed and breakfasts for rodents, usually causing extensive and costly damage. One Arizona resident told Phoenix’s KTVK that rats chowing down on the wires in her Toyota Prius have made life a nightmare. When her car stopped functioning, she discovered that rats had crawled through the engine compartment and gnawed through the car’s electronic wiring system. She had the Prius repaired to the tune of more than $8,000 out of pocket ... Read More