Articles, Blog

Video: Rodents eating away at car wiring, costing consumers

Video: Rodents eating away at car wiring, costing consumers


UNCOVERS A FURY CULPRIT AND THE STAND AGAINST A CAR MAKER. HERE IS MINDY BASARA. MINDY: JUNE HAS OWNED A LOT OF TOYOTAS, FOUND THEM RELIABLE. SHE WAS SURPRISED WHEN THE HIGHLANDER STARTED ACTING UP.>>THE TRACK LIGHT CAME ON AND IT WAS REAL SLUGGISH MINDY: SHE TOOK TO THE DEALERSHIP. THEY SAID THIS WAS THE CULPRIT.>>THEY SAID A RODENT CHEWED THE WIRES. THEY SHOWED ME IN THE INTERIM WHERE THEY CHEWED IT. THIS IS WHERE IT WAS UNDERNEATH HERE. MINDY: THE DEALERSHIP FIXED IT, CHARGES$400.>>TWO DAYS LATER, TOOK IT BACK IN. MINDY: SAME PROBLEM, THIS TIME THE DEALERSHIP FIXED IT WITHOUT CHARGE. THAT WASN’T THE END.>>ABOUT A WEEK LATER, WE TOOK IT BACK AGAIN AND THAT’S WHEN THEY FOUND OUT THAT TH RODENT WAS EATING AROUND THE GAS TANK, SO THEY HAD TO REPLACE THE GAS TANK, ALL OF THE WIRES THAT CAME UP — MINDY: HOW MUCH DID THAT COST?>>$2,900. MINDY: THE INSURANCE COMPANY PAID THAT BILL, SHE IS OUT THE $100 DEDUCTIBLE. SHE WONDERED WHY RODENTS WERE SO INTENSE O CHEWING UP HER WIRING. THERE WERE CONSUMER COMPLAINTS THAT RODENTS ARE ATTRACTED TO THE WIRING BECAUSE THE COVERING IS MADE OF SOY, A PLANT MATERIAL, DESSERT FOR RODENTS.>>A SHIFT IN THE AUTO INSURANCE TO GO FRO PETROLEUM-BASED COVERING TO SOY-BASED WIRING, IT WA ENVIRONMENTALLY A CHEAPER. MINDY: THE SOY-BASED WIRING INSTALLATION IS A TRACTING RODENTS AND CAUSING SUBSTANTIAL ECONOMIC DAMAGE T CONSUMERS AND THESE ARE PHOTOS SHOWING THE EXTENT OF THE DAMAGE.>>IT’S A VERY LABOR-INCONTINUE TEN RECEIVE REPAIR, EVEN IF YOU’RE LUCKY ENOUGH TO HAVE IT COVERED BY YOUR INSURANCE, YOU’RE GOING TO BE PAYING DEDUCTIBLE OUT-OF-POCKET. IT’S A COSTLY REPAIR. IT CAN BE UPWARDS OF $1,000 TO HAVE IT FIXED. OUR POSITION IN THE LAWSUIT IS SIMPLY THAT THE ARE MATERIALS THAT TOYOTA INTENTIONALLY PUT IN IT VEHICLE AND IT SHOULD TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR BEARING THE COST, NOT THE CONSUMER. MINDY: THE I-TEAM REACHED OUT TO TOYOTA AND RECEIVED THIS RESPONSE. WE CANNOT COMMENT ON THE LITIGATION, RODENT DAMAGE TO VEHICLE WIRING OCCURS ACROSS THE INDUSTRY AND THE ISSUE IS NOT BRAND O MODEL SPECIFIC. JUNE IS DOING WHAT SHE CAN TO KEEP RODENTS AWAY BY REGULARLY SCATTERED MOTH BALLS AROUND HER GARAGE.>>WE HAVEN’T HAD ANY TROUBLE SINCE.

Tagged , , , , , , , , ,

9 thoughts on “Video: Rodents eating away at car wiring, costing consumers

  1. I am sure manufacturers are aware of this issue now but why are they still using the same material for the wiring?! They only care about making more $, maybe they want to make $ from repairing the issue too 🙁

  2. I painted all of the wires and wire harnesses and wire connectors in a thin coating of TAR-based 'Rubberized ASPHALT UNDERCOATING', using small hand brushes. I don't know of anything that likes to eat TAR, so that coating will probably keep mice from nibbling on the wires. But it stinks like raw petroleum that comes out from the ground usually does, so its not a nice smell at all. Still, its better than having damage done to the car's wiring ( a 2012 Toyota Camry ).

  3. Try this:
    I have had a problem with chipmunks and/or mice nesting under the hood of my car. They chewed my wiper fluid hose and it cost me $80 to replace. I used 3 bars of Original Scent Irish Spring in sandwich bags with slits cut in one side to allow the scent out. I cleaned out the existing nesting material under the hood and put the three bars in with the slit sides facing up. It's been over three weeks and no signs of new nesting activity. I also put in glove box and hatchback. Yay. It seems to work. Replace every month or when odor fades.

  4. Lots of good ideas mentioned here. I watch many RV blogs on this topic. Some people use spray deterrents. Some use poisons and traps to kill rodents. I do everything as I have many cars parked outside. I also take a bunch of old wire and bunch it up in a ball and tie it down in the car that get's eaten the most. That way the rodents can munch on the spare wiring and not the important components of the engine.

  5. The problem is model and year specific. we had a 2010 ford and 2014 toyota sitting in the same lot. the mice preferred the newer soy based wires of the 2014 toyota, and left the 2010 untouched.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *