Does your car have soy based wiring?

Starting in the early 2000’s, car manufacturers began using bioplastics* (e.g. soy based wiring) in cars. They state their reasoning was in an effort to reduce dependency on petroleum and to “go-green.” In reality, bioplastics are cheaper to produce.

*Note: For more information, see Bioplastics In Cars

It is very common nowadays for newer cars to have wiring that is coated in soy based bioplastics. This has led to a surge of issues with wildlife, particularly rodents, being attracted to these wires for consumption. Now, not only are rodents attracted to the cars for shelter, but also for food.

In researching this, I was blown away by the number of complaints on websites, articles and forums of people reporting rodent damage on their newer cars. To be honest, both of my cars that were attacked are newer (2015 Honda, $2,400+ in damages, and 2012 Hyundai, $9,300+ in damages).

So, are you at risk? Does your car have soy based wiring?

In order to help determine, there are class action lawsuits that were recently filed against Honda, Toyota, KIA, and Hyundai. Here is a list of each class action lawsuit (including some links to more information):

From the lawsuits, we can gather that at least the following have soy based wiring:

Toyota

  • All 2012-2016 model year Toyota vehicles
  • 2011 Toyota 4Runner
  • 2009-2011 Toyota Camry
  • 2010 Toyota Prius
  • 2011 Toyota Prius C
  • 2008-2011 Toyota RAV4
  • 2009-2011 Toyota Tundra
  • 2009 Toyota Highlander
  • 2010 Toyota Venza Ltd.

Honda

  • All 2012-2015 model year Honda vehicles

KIA

  • 2012-2017 Kia Soul
  • 2012-2017 Sorrento
  • 2012-2017 Sedona
  • 2012-2017 Sportage
  • 2012-2017 Forte
  • 2012-2017 Cadenza
  • 2012-2017 Optima
  • 2012-2017 Rio

Hyundai

  • 2013-2016 Veloster
  • 2013-2016 Accent
  • 2013-2016 Azera
  • 2013-2016 Elantra
  • 2013-2016 Equus
  • 2013-2016 Genesis Coupe
  • 2013-2016 Santa Fe
  • 2013-2016 Sonata
  • 2013-2016 Tuscon

I have also seen numerous complaints that reference earlier makes and models than what is referenced above.

Separately, I have seen reports of rodent damage due to soy based wiring on pretty much every large car manufacturer:

  • Audi
  • BMW
  • Dodge
  • Ford
  • Hyundai
  • Mazda
  • Nissan
  • Porsche
  • GMC
  • Chevrolet
  • Kia
  • …and I’m sure there’s many more

To be frank, this is a HUGE ISSUE!!

So to answer the question, “are you at risk?”, if your car is 2008 or newer, then YES! I think the evidence can’t be any more clear that if you own a newer car you need to take preventative action ASAP!

If you are reading this article, I could imagine either you are dealing with this issue or you have a friend that has rodent damage to their car. Here is an excerpt from the Home page (w/ edits for mice) that will tell you exactly what I have done to fix this problem:

“Before we get started I want to make it crystal clear that the instructions below explain the EXACT steps and products I used (and continue to use!) to successfully protect my car against rodents. This methodology factors in rodent behavior and psychology which makes for a very high probability of success.

Exactly How To Prevent Rats & Mice From Eating Your Car Wires

What you will need:

Step 1: Leave Your Hood Up At Night

At the first sign of damage or rodent droppings in the engine compartment, it is essential to leave your hood up at night. You should do this for the first 1-2 weeks every night and then 2-3 times a week once you feel comfortable that there are no more rodents visiting your car. This essentially eliminates the engine compartment as a potential nesting grounds by taking away the warmth, allowing more moisture to enter, and exposing it to more light.

Step 2: Place Tomcat Rat Snap Traps (For Rats) or Tomcat Press ‘N Set Mouse Traps (For Mice) on the Tread of the Front 2 Tires

You will need 6 snap traps total and 3 will be placed at specific locations on the tread of the front 2 tires. Here is video to show exactly where to place the snap traps.

When rodents enter the car, they climb up the tread of the tires so this essentially will block off the entrance to the car. I use the Tomcat Rat Snap Traps and the Tomcat Press ‘N Set Mouse Traps because they are super easy to set (i.e. I don’t feel like I am going to lose a finger when I set them), their design makes it almost impossible for a rodent to take the bait without setting off the trap, and they get the job done!

Step 3: Spray Rodent Defense into the Engine Compartment

In the first 1-2 weeks, spray the engine compartment 3-4 times a week and then reduce to 2-3 times week once you haven’t noticed any new signs of rodents. Rodent Defense is an all natural peppermint spray that was specifically created to deter rodents from chewing on the wires in cars.  The purpose of the spray is to confuse the rodent on the safety of the engine compartment by making it more difficult to detect the scent of their urine. As mentioned above in the enemy profile, rodents use urine as a way to mark paths, locations, food, etc., as safe.

Step 4: Shine Bright Lights on the Tread of the Front Two Tires

As mentioned in the enemy profile, rodents always prefer to stay concealed and hate being in the light. The goal of this solution is to deter the rodent from climbing up the tread of the tires by forcing it to walk through a spotlight to get into the car. It would be best if you laid out 4 flashlights on the ground level and shined them on the front and backs of the tread (i.e. essentially you would shine them on the snap traps that are at the bases of the tread). Alternatively, you could take a shop light and shine that under the car at night.

(Optional) Step 5: Place Fake Owl on the Ground Near the Car

This is more the cherry on top, but I have always used a fake owl in my lineup. You can just place it at ground level and move to a different spot every few days. To be honest, it’s effectiveness is unknown, but it makes me feel more comfortable.”


I am certainly available if anyone has any questions or comments. Please drop a note below or visit the Contact Us page.

I hope that you have found this article to be helpful! Thank you!!

Rat King Dave

41 thoughts on “Does your car have soy based wiring?

    1. Wow, more squirrel damage. I’m really sorry to hear Susan. There was a comment on the home page from Carol that had a squirrel issue as well. I promised that I would scrub the internet for a good resource on deterring squirrels, but to be honest I haven’t found one. I am not super familiar with squirrel psychology and deterrents specific to squirrels as this website is specific to rats. Though, given these two comments and my research on the web, I see that there is a need for guidance on squirrels. I am working on an article that is specific to squirrels as well as one specific to mice. If anyone is interested in being notified when these articles are published, please drop a comment below. I will have some guidance soon for you Susan!

  1. I have a 2012 Honda CRV. I’m in rural Washington state. Rabbits chewed wiring under the air-intake. The mechanic said rabbits are the most common but certainly the other vermin are culprits too. I was lucky this time around only $235 more. I use capsicum spray on wires, coyote scent, mothballs, and pour ammonia around car on gravel. Must keep ammonia far from car as it will effect paint sealant. I’m beyond upset that I have to do all of this and it still may not work…remains to be seen. I bought a co2 cartridge bb gun and I’m sorry for their suffering….just not sorry enough.

    1. Hi Kathy! Oh man. How did you know it was rabbits? Did you see the little circular poops? If it is in fact rabbits, then be sure to check out the article I wrote here for how to prevent rabbits from eating your car wires. I would suggest purchasing a physical barrier that you can wrap around your car as mentioned in the article. Here is a link (this is an affiliate link and I will receive a commission if you purchase through this link though there will be no additional cost to you, FYI) to a portable fence on amazon. When I first met my wife she owned a rabbit and these fences do the trick in keeping them out of places you don’t want them to go. This would be your best bet for keeping them out, though you would need to buy at least two (enough to wrap around your entire car). I would also leave your hood up at night incase the damage was not caused by rabbits. This will deter other types of rodents from going into your car’s engine compartments. The smells and the capsaicin that you are implementing should help, but you also need to implement a few other techniques, such as a physical barrier, leave your hood up, and shine some bright lights under the car at night. I think the mothballs + the ammonia + the coyote scent might be a bit overkill. I would choose only one. And in regards to the bb gun haha! I am a terrible shot so that wouldn’t work for me but good luck! I don’t blame you for not being sorry about their suffering. Once they started chewing on those wires, the war was on. Time for some blood shed. Keep me posted!

  2. A bout 3months ago my 2016 Nissan Murano that we had purchased in Sept of 2016 stared making a knocking sound in the AC unit. By the time we got home the AC had quit. I called Nissan and got an appointment for the coming week to have it checked since I his happened on a Friday. We didn’t drive it until the day of my appointment to have it checked. Now when I got in it I notice a smell, but we had the windows down and it was not to bad. After waitin half the day to get it fixed I go ask what was going on and she hey told me they were waiting on an estimate of charges. I asked why because it wasn’t 6 mo. Old and they told me a rat had got n there and died. We have to leave it 2 weeks, I had insurance that paid for it and furnished me a rental, but the day I get it out , about 10 miles from the dealership a warning light comes on so we go back and they tell me it was a sensor for my breaks that had to be reset. They reset it we leave and about a week later 3 different warning lights came on. We go back and they take it back and start checking it again. This time the dealer ship gives a loaner car. When we go back we talk to a salesman and he sold us a 2017 Murano that was cheaper model than the one we had but we were afraid we had a lemon.we wound up losing ever penny we paid on the 16 and got a less options because a rat was attracted to our car.

    1. Hi Ann! Wow sounds like a nightmare (I’m sorry to hear!) and pretty lame that the car dealership then pushed you to purchase another car. It is super important that you understand that the rodents are going to be just as attracted to the new car as they were your old car as a potential nesting grounds. It is important that you implement some prevention methods to make your engine compartment of this new car an undesirable place for rodents before they get a chance to get in there and mark it as “safe” (i.e. Pee on it). I would highly suggest that you implement the 5 minute check (link here: https://www.howtopreventratsfromeatingcarwires.com/2017/02/12/the-5-minute-check-that-can-save-your-car-and-your-sanity/ ) at least a few times a week to make sure that you aren’t seeing any signs of a presence of rodents and then leave your hood up a few nights a week. Please let me know if you have any questions!

  3. 2014 Sq5. Picked it up on July 19th 2017, the same day I left for a 3.5 week vacation to Europe. A family member drove the new vehicle home and drove it a few times to make sure the fluids were circulating etc while I was away. I returned from my vacation and the second day back I had a warning light come on indicating my front right indicator light was out. I booked an appointment with Audi to have the light repaired **which I was told it would be free of charge because they knew I was away and not being regularly driven. When I went to have it repaired, upon waiting a member of staff had come over to tell me they had to keep my car and they were giving me a loaner vehicle in the meantime. All due to an animal making a nest near the light. They have since left me a voicemail telling me that wires were damaged and I will have to pay for the repair since it was due to an animal. I have not talked to them directly, but will tomorrow. After researching everything I could find, it makes me even more frustrated now that I know it’s contributed to the materials they use. Again, if I knew this I would not have purchased! I have had other cars parked in the same area for over 15 years, and never an issue!

    Additional notes:
    -They hadn’t disclosed a 6,000 dollar accident/repair until after I had signed the paper work.
    -Purchased the vehicle with existing ski rails on top of the car. Asked them to remove them for me and put them in the back of the vehicle to take home. Upon getting home I had realized the rails were not there. Upon contact they had informed me they had been “misplaced” and still haven’t received them. I have been told they will be in the car when I pick it up after having the present wire issue fixed.

    1. Wow! That’s sounds terrible, Holly! Thank you for sharing though. These newer cars with the soy based wiring are certainly attracting rodents and since the car manufacturers won’t do anything about it, we need to take matters into our own hands. Please be sure to hit up the Home page here and put in place some preventative measures to avoid this from happening again! I would certainly consider leaving the hood up at night just to start. I would also suggest implementing a few other method as well such as rat traps around the tires and potentially a peppermint spray in the engine compartment. If you have any questions or need any specific advice, please let me know and keep me posted on the progress! Thank you!

    1. Hi Richard, I am not aware of a class action lawsuit for Hyundai (unfortunately since my Hyundai had over $9k in damage!). I wouldn’t be surprised if there is one that will come out soon. The only ones that I know of are posted in this article against Honda and Toyota. This essentially means that we need to take matters into our own hands and implement prevention methods asap. Please read through the articles on this website let me know if you have any questions! I’m here to help you win this battle against the Vermin!

  4. My mom purchased a 2017 Honda CRV earlier this year. She’s already had to replace 1 wiring harness that costs $400. She is having similar issues again. They’ve used some contraption which sends noises that are supposed to deter squirrels, but it hasn’t worked. They also used a spray that contained chemicals to deter them, however it also has not worked, as she has witnessed squirrels running underneath her vehicle. I have a 2017 Kia Cadenza, and am worried a little. Although I don’t see many squirrels in our neighborhood.

  5. I found a dead rat in my Toyota Prius. The dealer has to take the entire dashboard apart to get the rat out of my car. The cost to date is $1,000. I have a 2015 Prius. This is shocking and very disturbing. Please advise.

    1. Hi Michelle! Oh man, well the good news is that you probably have comprehensive coverage on your insurance (most banks and leases require this on newer cars) so your max out of pocket should be $500. And I totally agree with the initial shock of learning about this. I was the same way (see My Story page). Please understand that even once you get your car back from the shop, you need to take preventative action to avoid this from happening again. Now that your car has been visited by a rodent it was most likely marked as “safe” and other rodents can detect this. Unfortunately, your car is now more at risk of another rodent intrusion. So, I highly suggest you visit the Home page which covers Norway and Roof Rats, which are the most common in the US. Essentially, I would leave the hood up of your car at night, spray a peppermint spray into the engine compartment a few times a week, shine a bright light under the car at night, and place snap traps on the tops and bases of the tread of the front two tires (exact placement of shown on the video on the Home page). I hope this helps! If you have any questions about my response or anything else on the website, please don’t hesitate to ask. Please keep me posted on the progress! RKD

  6. Friend just forwarded this information to me. I have a 2007 Audi TT and have had some critter issues under the hood, but, to my knowledge, just since last year when I started letting it sit for longer periods of time in my garage. Do you know if 2007 had soy-based wiring ( I think the article said after 2008 )? Also, if I’m going to let the car sit for long periods of time is it OK to leave the hood open indefinitely? Thank you!

    1. Hi Bobbi! I don’t know at what point Audi started using soy based wiring. The 2008 year I got was based on damage reports I had seen in my research. We could ask any Audi dealership if they know. In some states the Lemon Law requires car sales persons to disclose any information that might be material to the customer’s decision as to whether or not to purchase the car. So if we can find a dealership that has a 2007 Audi TT for sale, then they might have to disclose this to us. Let me know if you want assistance with this and I can open up some inquiries with various dealerships across the country. Separately, in regards to the hood up, I took that question to a group of mechanics and the general consensus is that you should not leave your hood up for extended periods of time due to the UV damage that might be caused to the rubber parts and electrical system. You would be much better off leaving your hood up every once in a while at night and continuing check under the hood often for signs of a rodent intrusion. Hope this helps! Please let me know if you have more questions! Thank you! Rat King Dave

  7. Add me to the list. I have a 2007 Camry which has been garaged and I just had over $500 to repair the mouse damage. The dealer wanted $1500 for a new harness but my mechanic got a new plug and spliced it in. Before we could get the Camry back, its 2008 Sienna stablemate had the same symptoms so I expect it is the same problem.

    I have put porous bags of mothballs in the both engine compartments and set mouse traps all around the garage.

    The garage I have been going to for 30+ years indicates that they are having a large number of these kinds of problems.

    1. Oh man Bob! That’s the worse feeling in the world when you have one car in the shop for rodent damage and then you realize that your other car has been under siege as well. Ugh. I would say in addition to the moth balls, pop your hood up and shine some bright lights into the engine compartment. If you have a shop light that would be perfect. Also for trap placement, try placing them at the bases and tops of the tread as shown in the video above. Hope this helps! Keep me posted on progress! Thanks!! RKD

  8. 2017 Ford Expedition Limited – Over the past 60 days, we have had to replace a wiring harness twice after the “check engine” light came on and the dealership found rodents had chewed through the insulation on wiring. $440+ each time! Now the check engine light is on again. We’ve tried putting rat poison stations under the car, and taping rat poison inside the engine compartment. But we really don’t know if its rats, squirrels, or something else. Seems to us that Ford ought to be armoring the wiring harness. Once is bad luck – three times is a design defect and Ford should be paying for the repairs… (fat chance, I know). Seriously, after driving Ford products for nearly 30 years, this is the absolute last time we’ll buy a Ford.

    1. Wow Owen! I apologize the delay in my response. This sounds like an absolute nightmare! I hope you have been able to figure out a way to deter the rodents. Have you taken a look at the step by step instructions at the bottom of this article? I would highly suggest taking a look and implementing the methodologies suggested there. These are the steps I used and continue to use to keep rodents out of my cars. Please let me know how the progress is going! I promise to respond more promptly if you have any more questions or comments!

  9. I have a 2013 Honda Accord that I just recently had to spend over $4,000 to repair the engine, harnesses, wires, etc., because of either rats or mice. First my seat bag light stayed on, then another light telling me I’m driving either too close, either the car on the right or left side, or in front of me. That’s when I decided it was time to go to the Honda dealership. They notified me that my car had been vandalized by either rats or mice and would require all WIRiNG to be replaced. (This is how intellect they are: it was replaced with the same type of wiring, which is now made out of soy). The manufacturers of probably 99% of electrical wiring is being made in
    China and shipped to us for just about every car now being sold. I think this started around 1990. I just placed some cotton balls with peppermint in various places in the engine, sprayed a rat deterrent around the perimeter of my car, and will place T-Rex rat traps next to the tires. After spending many hours on the web I found out the because of “environmental” issues, all wiring now is made of soy, with other edible components. How stupid. Basically because it’s cheaper than making these wire insulators with a “petroleum” product. Who cares if the consumer must spend a lot of money on repairs let alone the aggravation and no car for a period of time when being repaired. I had a 2004 Kia Avanti parked here for 7 years and never had a problem. I don’t know who but something needs to be done about this issue with cars in the U.S., and who knows where else. Car insurance companies are going to stop paying for this problem at some point. Not everyone has thousands of dollars to fix their vehicles. Maybe Ralph Nader should get involved??????

    1. I have gone through three passes at the garage with my 2007 Camry in the last three weeks at just over $500 a pass. My car was garaged and is now sitting outside in the 15 degree temperature to freeze them out. I have 12 sticky traps, 8 snap traps, and poison in the garage and moth ball bags both the garage and the engine compartments. I have sealed up the garage in every way possible and have 2 ultrasonic noisemakers to install in the engine compartments. And we have not caught any mice. None of this seems to matter and the mechanics are afraid that the mouse is living in the car. Other than getting a cat and having it live in the garage, I don’t know what to do.

      My insurance company considers each repair a new incident so a new $500 deductible kicks in.

      1. Hi Bob, I apologize I didn’t respond sooner to this! Sounds like the d*mn rodents are running you through the wringer. The problem is that your car was marked as “safe” (i.e. it was urinated on) and now other rodents think it is a legit place to go. Do you have the traps placed in the formation along the tires as described above? And do you have a bright light you could shine on the tread of the tires and one you could shine into the engine compartment at night. Even if you Car is in the garage or parked outside, I would still leave your hood up. I fear that keeping your car outside is just giving the rodents easier access to the car and makes it an even more attractive place especially if you are not leaving your hood up. Leaving the hood up takes away their shelter and can be super effective in its own. Please let me know how your battle is going and let me know if you have any more questions. Hope this helps! RKD

    2. Let’s get Ralph in the house!! Yah know the car manufacturers and dealerships actually benefit significantly by continuing to use the soy based wiring. Believe it or not, car dealerships actually make more money from their repair shops than they do from selling cars. As you (and I) unfortunately know, rodent damage is expensive to repair because it is very labor intensive. To your point about replacing the wires, the fact that they replace with the same factory parts is a requirement by the insurance companies. It’s unfortunate that the wiring is faulty to begin with.. ugh. In regards to your strategy I agree with the steps you are taking, but also consider leaving the hood up as well at night. Please keep me posted on your progress. Thanks for the comment!

  10. i have had this problem on my Chrysler 300 shredded the wires on top even opened my hood one morning to a rat sleeping with leaves it brought under the hood along with the wires it chewed and I drive this care every day so its not like it says in one spot for ever it really sucks but I don’t even see Chrysler on the list of cars that have this problem so why am I 😢

    1. Hi Natalie, The list above is certainly not all inclusive. I’m sure Chrysler is in on this as well. It’s pretty much every large car manufacturer. To test this out, you could call a dealership and ask ask about soy based wiring in the Chrysler 300s. The Lemon Law requires car dealerships to disclose any facts that could be considered material to the person who is considering purchasing. Separately, I highly suggest you follow the steps above for prevention! Hope this helps! RKD

  11. I have a 2017 Ford fusion and I’m having this problem. Cost me over $300. to replace wiring. I think Ford will be the next one to have lawsuits filed against them. Nothing seems to be working for me, why don’t the wires have a cover over them, there out in the open right on top of the engine. Unbelievable.

    1. I completely agree. I am super surprised that Ford doesn’t have a lawsuit against them yet especially since they came out with a cook book that uses the same ingredients that they use for their car parts! ( see article: “Are bioplastics in cars leading to more rodent damage?” for copy of the cook book!). And sorry to hear about your rodent damage. Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance. Thank you! RKD

  12. My 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid was attacked and disabled by squirrels the first night I had it in my carport. Fortunately, the dealer gave me a new car, no questions asked. However, I am now afraid to park in my carport. I have tried the Tomcat Rat Snap traps you recommended, but they do not catch the squirrels, or even injure them. They triggered the traps every day (I put 4 out with the car parked somewhere else), and even dragged some of them away. I finally bought an Eliminator electronic rat trap (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06VVD2R8H/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) and that was very effective in catching squirrels.

    1. Hi Martin, Thanks for the comment. Thats great that the dealer gave you a new car! Wow! For the squirrels, I’m not surprised to hear that the snap traps aren’t catching them. I would use them as more of a tactic to try and scare them off, but to be honest I am going to be updating the site and articles soon that have reference to squirrels and rabbits. Initially, in an effort to wanting to help as many people as possible, I have gotten ahead of myself when talking about squirrels and rabbits. I personally have never dealt with squirrels or rabbit damage to my car and I should have been more up front about that in my articles. I apologize if I steered anyone wrong. I used the same research method to creating a strategy for rabbits and squirrels that I have for mice and rats, but I need to make it clear that I have never dealt with those Vermin. Alright, back to your comment, I hope that electronic trap is working for you. Be sure to check with your state guidelines to make sure it is legal to catch squirrels. Thanks for the comment! RKD

      1. Dave,

        Thanks for your reply.

        So far, I’ve been using peppermint spray in the engine compartment and on the front tires, and that seems to have kept the squirrels away from my new Sonata. Though I hate to do it, I also have an electronic trap in my carport for the aggressive ones that keep coming into the carport. The snap traps were just attracting them so they could eat the bait, and I did not catch a single one.

        Only a few have been that aggressive, and there are literally dozens (scores? ) of squirrels in my 1 acre yard.

        My neighbor feeds the squirrels and his feeding station used to be right behind my carport, but since he has moved it at our request, we have fewer squirrels in the area of the carport.

        — Martin

        1. Hi Martin! Glad to hear that the peppermint spray may be working for you. It’s also nice that your neighbor was ok to move that bird feeder. I’m sure that wasn’t helping the situation! Feel free to keep us updated on your situation and let us know what is and isn’t working for the squirrels! Thank you! RKD

  13. Thank you for all the great information. I had the same issues with my 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid, it was totaled by my insurance company due to rodent damage. Can you tell me if Toyota is still manufacturing their vehicle after 2016, with bioplastic materials? I can’t seem to get a direct answer from service, sales, or management? I would love to purchase another Toyota asap, but can’t get an answer, thank you

    1. Hi Stephanie, I believe they have not stopped using the soy based wiring, but if you are not getting a direct answer, remind them that you are protected by the Lemon Law for them to disclose this information. If that doesn’t work walk into a dealership or email a dealership and pretend like you want to buy a new Toyota. Tell them you are very interested in purchasing and according to the Lemon Law any car sales company is required to disclose any material facts about a car that may affect the Buyer’s decision. Then pose your question about soy based wiring. The Lemon Law is different for each state so this won’t work for every state but certainly worth a shot! Hope this helps! RKD

  14. Well we are joining this problem as our 2017 Rav4 sits at the dealership as we speak…..we leased this vehicle at the end of October in syracuse, N.Y….we have had toyota products since 2003 and love them….but not this time,especially since toyota and many other car makers not only know about the problem but have not notified buyers of a potential problem….my situation could have been brakes instead of windshield wiper lines…now I have worried myself…are my brake lines made of the same environmental friendly material and to #×!! With human lives, now I will be researching this question too!!! How do I join a class action suit??? And does it help???

    1. Hi Patricia! Dang I’m sorry to hear about your Rav 4. It’s strange how many comments I have been receiving lately specifically about Rav 4’s being damaged. Anyways, yeah Toyota is well aware and they are making $$ off of the situation (see article: How Car manufacturers benefit from Soy Based Wiring). As to how you join the class action lawsuit I am not sure how. I did find this website where you can ask a lawyer more info about the lawsuits: http://www.kbklawyers.com/advocacy/toyota-class-action/
      I hope this helps! RKD

    1. Hi John, in my opinion, not really! It’s really hit or miss. You would be much better off following the steps explained at the bottom of the article above than just relying on dryer sheets. Hope this helps! RKD

  15. Squirrels have eaten through my 2014 Range Rover gas tank twice. My husbands
    2017 Range Rover twice and our 2015 Chev Truck gas tank once.
    We have tired placing pure liquid mint on engine, but the gas tanks are to hard to reach.
    Have you ever heard that pepper spray is a deterrent for this problem ?

    1. Hi Cindy! I mentioned this in a few other comments that I will be updating my site to reflect that I don’t have any personal experience with squirrels and I am hesitant to give any guidance on these types of rodents. If I had an issue with squirrels, I would use a predator urine around the car and haveaheart traps. Though for the traps, you need to check with your state laws to ensure it is legal to trap and kill squirrels. It is not a good idea to trap and let go. Unfortunately you need to finish the deed if caught because they will just come right back unless you drive 15-20+ miles before you release. Pepper spray I think is a good idea theoretically but I don’t know what the success rates are. Sorry I can’t be more helpful here! Appreciate the comment! RKD

  16. 4 yrs ago, my 2007 Kia Sportage that I had purchased 6 mths prior from Lexus started smelling not so nice. Got in one morn to start and it was deader than a doornail. While waiting for AAA, opened my hood and it was full of nesting material on top of engine and huge chewed up areas in rubber under hood. Opened side passenger door and the glove compartment had been chewed up as well! AAA came and towed it to dealership. One mth later, vehicle fixed, wiring replaced, as it was all chewed up by rats as well as glove compartment, fixed to the tune of almost $5,000 (ins paid for damage but not all rental).
    Fast forward 4 yrs later, today, 2 rats in my suv!! One dropped out from under glove compartment when I turned on heater—I almost lost it driving. Friend came to the rescue, opened up spare tire well inside back of SUV and 2 big rats in there having a field day. Were able to get one out, but the other escaped and is hiding inside 🙁 Have 2 rat traps now inside suv. Checked under glove compartment and you can see where they’ve started chewing on the tape/? wrapped around the wires. Under hood on engine, full of rat poop! Tampa Bay Area FL Here!

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