Rodents Chew Hyundai's Soy Wiring
The wiring in cars used to be coated in a petroleum-based plastic, but recently automakers, including Hyundai, have switched to a soy-based material. The soy is biodegradable and helps keep plastic out of the landfill (yay!). Unfortunately …
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- 2013 Elantra engine won't turnover, won't start 36 (100%)
- 2012 Elantra engine won't turn over, won't start 22 (61%)
- 2011 Sonata engine won't turnover, won't start 21 (58%)
- 2011 Sonata need a new starter 15 (42%)
- 2011 Sonata air bag light stays on 10 (28%)
- 2015 Genesis multiple electrical failure 7 (19%)
- 2013 Santa Fe engine won't turn over, won't start 7 (19%)
Hyundai is being sued for using soy-based wire insulation that attracts rabbits, mice, squirrels and other creatures.
The Hyundai lawsuit alleges the automaker denies there is a problem by using the soy-based wiring and since no defect exists, any replacement parts will also consist of soy products.
The soy-based materials are more biodegradable and generally cost less than their plastic counterparts.…