Radiation check in Japan

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]