Exported Japanese Cars, Radiation Free
In a bid to reassure the US population regarding the radiations currently emanating from the Fukushima nuclear power plant, the biggest Japanese auto makers, including Honda, Nissan and Toyota, say that there no risk whatsoever for the cars and parts that will be shipped to the US to be radioactive.
Queried by Inside Line about this scenario, all three auto makers said that, at least at this point, there is no chance for the cars to get radioactive particles on them. Should they by chance get contaminated, the delivery process, which includes wrapping the cars in plastic and washing them before shipping to dealers should insure that the American consumers are safe.
In addition to the measures already in place, another inspection that any shipment must pass before getting the green light to be unloaded on US soil is the radiation monitoring conducted by Customs and Homeland Security, as part of the anti-terrorism procedures.
It's likely that the US might decide to create additional inspections for all goods coming from Japan, including automobiles and parts, as several other countries across the world have already done.
As the Japanese aren't yet stopping goods from exiting through their ports (Japan is one of the biggest exporters in the world). The destination countries are forced to monitor pretty much everything that comes from Japan.
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Most radiation could be washed off if it is as minor as it is at this point, internal radiation could be prevented by staying inside (decreases the radiation to 1/10), and if walking outside by putting damp cloths.
Halflife of radioactive iodine-134 is 53 minutes and iodine-131 is 8 days. With the plastic wrap around the car (meaning air WONT GET INSIDE THE CAR), export ports far enough from Fukushima that NO ONE is wearing radioactive suits or sh*t like that, metal being an non-radiation-obsorbing material, you think radiation will be brough into the states? I dont think so.