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Japan's devastating earthquake and the resulting tsunami has already claimed thousands of lives, but the threat is far from over. The Japanese government is feverishly fighting possible meltdowns of multiple nuclear reactors, and radiation has spiked to dangerous levels in some areas around the compromised facilities. The U.S. government has gone out of its way explaining to us that radiation from these plants won't travel here in anything close to dangerous quantities, but what about the vehicles coming over from Japan?

Inside Line reports that Toyota, Honda and Nissan are working hard to assure car buyers that their products aren't radioactive. Japan's big three each told IL that the vast majority of their plants are nowhere near a nuclear reactor, with the exception of one Nissan engine plant. Nissan Americas communications VP David Reuter told IL that the company "will take all necessary actions to ensure safety."

Toyota communications VP Mike Michels echoed Reuter's statement, adding "vehicles are plastic-wrapped on ships and washed at our processing facilities before shipping to dealers. This is normal procedure." Further, the U.S. government routinely inspects cargo entering the U.S. That includes checking for radiation, and anything else that can harm American citizens.

[Source: Inside Line | Image: Go Takayama/Getty]

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    • 1 Second Ago
      A Green Road
      • 9 Months Ago

      Radioactive Cars And Steel From Japan Being Refused And Shipped Back By Multiple Countries; via @AGreenRoad


      • 4 Years Ago
      The new trend in hybrids - Nuclear Power
      • 4 Years Ago
      The UAW is missing a great opportunity to use its lobby in order to have US Customs quarantine every income Made in Japan car in order to check for radiation. It would be done in a remote port by burly longshoreman who like to takes things slow and accompanied by DHS and TSA inspectors who will do a full-body searches on each car.

      Watch the imports from Japan drop to close to zero......
        • 4 Years Ago
        If so, it will probably be people are afraid of a parts shortage or service to the vehicle.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Of course there's no danger from cars being imported from Japan.
      It's no secret that there are those,but not limited to, 'imported from Detroit" types who don't want any cars coming in from other countries.
      They want to raise tariffs or create a crisis that will slow imports to increase their power.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's no secret that Japan's had unfair trade practices for decades. I don't have a problem with tariffs on Japanese or Chinese products, in fact I believe if our nation is to recover, it's a necessity. Until these closed markets play fair, slap them with tariffs, turn-a-bout is fair play. Anyone that believes differently should remove their heads from their anal cavities, and take a look at the bleak future.... incidentally, I don't believe Japan's autos will be contaminated, then again I have no way to determine whether they are or not, that would be a personal decision.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm for tariffs, censorship and nucular powership.
        I'm against you though!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      With the thousands of Japanese cars that were given salt water baths recently - It will take months, if not years, to meed domestic demand for replacement vehicles. This will siphon off production that would have came to the US market. Expect prices to rise on all Japanese imports for the balance of this year as dealers apply the law of supply and demand to MSRP prices.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The stupid, it burns.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd say buy American, made in the U.S by American workers but there aren't any, at least not that the average middle class jobless ex-auto worker can afford. Trueth!! It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see the real problem. A nation divided will not stand!!! Rich////Poor
      • 4 Years Ago
      ...really? I mean, seriously? I don't normally jump on the "blog is stupid" bandwagon, but Autoblog, running a story titled "sky still blue" would have provided more useful information.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Amusing how the Americans cry about radiation traveling 8000 km from the far east when Japan's immediate neighbors who should feel much more concern are generally keeping calm. This must be the stupidest overreaction by the Americans who still think that they are the centre of everything & no body ekse exists in this world but themselves....
        • 4 Years Ago
        Now let's get back to people who over react to things. srhee3, you were over reacting about what again?

        • 4 Years Ago
        @ mybora99
        Let me guess..... you must be an uneducated & immature 7 years old boy since you try to make a point by using a pathetically childish & nonsensical Tu Quoque argument which only your friends in the elementary school playground would think valid.... Amusing idiocy...
        Who would take you seriously? hahahaha.......
      • 4 Years Ago
      Would it be too ironic if a fleet of GT-R's were covered in radiation?

      "Godzilla was conceived as a monster created by nuclear detonations and a metaphor for nuclear weapons in general."
        • 4 Years Ago

        Someone should tell your mother to keep You away from the computer till You grow up.
      • 4 Years Ago
      God. seriously people? what next, americans worried the 600 leafs shipped pre-nuclear issues may also be irradiated? O.o
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Frank

        No Hazdaz, has it just right. I don't even need to make anything of the fact, that the "wackos" you site, have actually been at least slightly vindicated by the Nuclear emergency in Japan.

        I am a proponent of Nuclear energy, but the problem is that scientists don't run power companies, sales-types do. These people are not the best with knowledge, or far-sighted decision making. They are concerned with short-term profits and share prices.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz. You already have 3 stars so me voting you up won't help, but +1 on that.
        • 4 Years Ago

        Most of the hysteria (if it is that) has been propagated by the Left, and a "ah-ha! I Told' you so!" moment of vindication from Europe to America in seeing prophecies on the dangers of Nuclear Energy come true. They don't feel happy that it happened or is happening (I'm not saying that), but it is human to have that reaction.

        That said, I believe Nuclear energy is the most environmentally friendly option available because it can power entire nations and move them off of coal whereas solar and windmills may be using energy from limitless sources, there can't be enough of them to take over coal and dams, but the ones who are against it (leftists) are not anti-science so much as they do it out of emotion. There is the emotional tie to their rallies against them, and of course the big one is how do you depose of nuclear waste once it is no longer usable.

        Both have been answered, but that doesn't matter. And you know it's not science that animates them in this regards because even with scientific rebuttals to these concerns, it is still not pleasing enough to their conscience to even include it in their energy mix (Solar Power, Windmills, Algae, wave-powered, etc.) I wish they would be realistic and recognize that the Best (Utopian Fantasies) is often the enemy of the better.

        Science is never always enough to animate or motivate people, and the underlying values prove the point.
        • 4 Years Ago
        My mistake. Apparently the Leaf plant in TN doesn't open until 2012.
        • 4 Years Ago

        Sometimes I question how much of this radiation panic is media hype and how much is legit.

        I feel like every article I read is like OMG PANIC PANIC RADIATION IN JAPAN (except all the experts say there's no real threat as long as you're far away from the plant).
        • 4 Years Ago
        Why are you really that surprised?

        I mean we live in a land where (some) people are blatantly anti-science and anti-knowledge. Why would you expect these same folks to "get" what is really happening over there and how radiation really works? Hell, apparently some wacko people here think it was some kind of pseudo-plague sent there by the Flying Spaghetti Monster to punish them because they don't believe in Jebus. Are these people going to really understand the intricacies of scientific discussions?

        Mark my words, but I fully believe that sales for Japanese cars will drop dramatically in 2011 because of unfounded radiation concerns (even for Japanese-branded cars built right here in the US).
        • 4 Years Ago
        Union thug/Obamoid
        • 4 Years Ago
        If leafs are contaminated they will turn brown,.............avoid brown leafs.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Interesting statement: Cars are covered in "shrink wrap" and that is removed once the auto's arrive at their destination.

      OK, so if there is contamination, it is washed off, here in the USA or elsewhere. If that is called "sharing the wealth", thanks, but no thanks!
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