According to The Mainichi Daily News, customs agents in Chile have detected low levels of radiation on vehicles shipped from Japan. Of the 2,500 vehicles shipped from the port of Yokohama, radioactivity was detected on 21 once they reached Iquique. The levels of radiation were determined to be too low to be of any harm to humans by the Chilean Nuclear Commission, though that didn't stop around 100 dock workers from protesting on the grounds that their health was needlessly put at risk.

We're just glad that the individuals working to contain Japan's compromised reactors are a little more selfless.

Each of the contaminated vehicles will be hosed down inside the Hyundai 106 container ship that they arrived in, which should contain the radiation inside the vessel. So far, this is the first batch of exported vehicles to show any radioactivity since the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters in Japan this March.


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      SheldonRoss
      • 3 Years Ago
      OMG they detected radiation... without making any mention of actual levels this is stupid. I'm betting a day under that big flaming ball in the sky doses us with more radiation than camping out in these cars for 10 years would.
        EricG
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SheldonRoss
        The media just froths at the mouth with this stuff
          Zoom
          • 3 Years Ago
          @EricG
          And by us reading/commenting on it, why should they stop?
          EricG
          • 3 Years Ago
          @EricG
          The problem is when it is on the national news and Middle America is watching... "Hey Myrtle, didja hear that? They're shipping cars glowing with radiation. Let's go buy that Ford." I live in the Midwest, which gives me the right to make fun
        seanleeforever
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SheldonRoss
        exactly, Granite has fair amount of radiation too, i don't see people make a big fuss about it.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SheldonRoss
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      Ripituc
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just to clarify, they were used cars. I imagine there is no radiation control of that kind of exports before shipping. And the radiation was very, very low. More here: http://www.bolido.com/2011/05/21-autos-llegan-al-puerto-de-iquique-con-radiacion-inofensiva-desde-japon/
      SloopJohnB
      • 3 Years Ago
      Black Rain on cars.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        tump
        • 3 Years Ago
        Really, bubba... are you that effing stupid? What about all those Japan-sourced parts in those GM cars? Please stop being so embarrassing.
      styxmiko
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't want to sit in a car that radiates plutonium...not even if it's a Bentley, and definitely not if its an asian
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Myself
      • 3 Years Ago
      EVERYTHING emits radiation. Everything is radioactive. The crucial word is type and level, but even the desk in front of you is radioactive in the "usual" sense of the word I'll eat my hat if the level measured is even remotely harmful.
        Jon Norman
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Myself
        There is a difference between emitting electromagnetic radiation and emitting ionizing, cancer causing radiation. Something tells me, when the news beast starts focusing on "RADIOACTIVE CARS FROM JAPAN" Japanese car stocks are gonna plummet (a bit) and other makers are gonna go up (Hyundai, Ford, etc). I got in to Ford when it was less than $1.47 and I turned a huge lump of cash. Hope you've got your stock money ready for CARMAGGEDON...
      Bob
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is hilarious. The only thing funnier than those people who flipped their $&#! over speculation of radioactive cars are the apologists flipping their #%$! now that it's been confirmed some cars are actually radioactive. Radiation is good! You can brush your teeth with it, see?! Nothing wrong with Radiation!
      TChan
      • 3 Years Ago
      "We're just glad that the individuals working to contain Japan's compromised reactors are a little more selfless." Well said Autoblog, Well said.
        0010110
        • 3 Years Ago
        @TChan
        Well said? That was probably one of the stupidest comments I have ever read in an Autoblog article. What does dock workers on the complete opposite side of the world have anything to do with the people trying to contain the leaking radiation? Why should someone completely unrelated to the devastation be put in contact with unnatural levels of radiation to simply unload a car. Is the importance of unloading a car from a ship the same as trying to prevent a disaster? No. That comparison is completely apples to oranges and makes the author of the article sound like an ass. I'm not saying they should be protesting unloading the cars, but that comment was completely unnecessary.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      emmsys79
      • 3 Years Ago
      OMG will the radioactive GT-R become....GODZILLA!?!?!?
      Ant_88
      • 3 Years Ago
      what a surprise....i think the biggest news here is that japanese cars are being shipped in a Hyundai container ship...
        MachDelta
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ant_88
        Unlike most American and European car companies, the east asian ones tend to be divisions of massive industrial corporations. Hyundai (the parent corp) is actually the worlds largest ship builder. Mitsubishi has their paws in everything from military aircraft to consumer electronics. Even Subaru is a child company of a much larger industrial giant (Fuji Heavy Industry). About the only "pure" vehicle manufacturers that come to mind are Honda and Toyota, although both of them have invested heavily in robotics manufacture too (plus, Honda builds everything from boats to lawn mowers - if you want to count them as "transportation").
          • 3 Years Ago
          @MachDelta
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        rgee01
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ant_88
        Hyundai isn't just a passenger car company. They have heavy industry and heavy shipping as well. In fact, Hyundai motor vehicles is just one subsidiary of the bigger company. It's no more unusual for a Nissan to ship on a Hyundai container ship than a Maersk container ship.
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