Car Companies Coated Their Wiring In Soy, And Animals Ate It
In an effort to be more eco-conscious, car companies like Honda, Volvo, and Toyota all switched their motor wiring from traditional plastic to a new design, with the wires encased in soy-based wrapping. Please allow yourself ample time to think of ways this could go wrong. The end of this sentence should be more than enough.
This past summer saw report after report of animals chewing through the soy wires while leaving normal wiring alone. Customers tried everything to stop it -- laying down rat traps, sprinkling coyote urine. Some shelled out extra cash for the manufacturer's "spicy tape," which sounds good to us, but apparently bad to rats (maybe they used Tapatio).
WPTVDamn picky vegan eaters.
Of course, all of this sounds much harder than a class-action lawsuit, so customers started doing that instead.
In response to the lawsuits, Toyota stated: "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."
But that's not entirely true. There is prior evidence that soy-based car parts attract critters. Back in the 1940s, some states conserved metal for WWII by making license plates out of compressed soybeans. They had to stop when cows and goats kept chewing the plates right off the cars. It's true what they say: Those who ignore history are doomed to commute to work in a rat-infested Fiesta.
You can be eco-friendly too and it requires virtually no effort. Get a recycling bin!
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