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Old 08-23-2011, 06:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I feel very sorry for the people of japan but my wife and i are concerned about buying a new Japanese car (any brand) which might contain radioactive parts or dust from the fallout. the information coming from japan is scarce and the only manufacturer who has addressed this concern that i know of is nissan. has subaru done anything to check the imported cars for radioactive material?
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Finding '11 Forester Build Data via VIN...few other questions...
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Don't forget the iodine pills. Foresters come with lots of pockets where you can store them.

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When I was a kid, my parents used to tell us not to sit too close to the TV because of radiation and our smart answer was that you get more radiation from the sunshine. Now I say don't worry about your Forester as you get more radiation from your big screen TV.
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Don't forget the iodine pills. Foresters come with lots of pockets where you can store them.

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It's actually a new color for the 2012 model year:

Metallic Iodine with choice of Cesium 238 or Plutonium Trim levels.
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LOL, maybe it'll glow in the dark!



Or, maybe future Forester drivers will obtain super-natural powers after driving their cars. Alright, enough from me. Advice in thread mentioned above seems good.

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OK guys, lay off the new guy. This is not the way we treat newbies here. You may not feel this way but it is a legitimate question. If you don’t have anything constructive to add don’t post.
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I really didn't consider any of this as a reflection towards the OP. I doubt anyone else did either.

So for the record (to the original poster)..no disrespect intended. Welcome to the board. Actually most questions here are answered with a great deal of thought (and knowledge)
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How far are the car manufacturing plants from the Fukushima plant? I think they are far enough to avoid any contamination.
Maybe the Japanese gov or a regulatory agency requires some kind of inspection to avoid sending any radiactive contamination outside Japanese territory.
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I'm pretty sure customs has regulations too, I would hope if cars would be dangerous they wouldn't be able to get out of Japan and into the US. But, it is a valid concern, not sure how I'd feel buying a Japanese car right now.

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Thank you for your email to feedback at Subaru Australia.

We can appreciate your concerns, however the risk of our vehicles or parts being affected by the nuclear blast disaster is very very low as the power nuclear plants were far away from FHI and its suppliers. Currently the cars that are being built and shipped cannot be handled if there is radioactive contamination. Furthermore Australian customs will not allow radioactively contaminated goods of any type to enter the country.

I understand the media in general has written in regards to this concern and we believe customs and the government are not taking any special measurements for our goods coming from Japan. For more details we recommend that you consult the appropriate government websites or departments.

Once again thank you for writing to Subaru Australia.

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The other thing is that the most likely contaminate would have been Iodine-131 and its half life is 8 days. Iodine is all gone except for some in the fuel elements and melted fuel debris.
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The other thing is that the most likely contaminate would have been Iodine-131 and its half life is 8 days. Iodine is all gone except for some in the fuel elements and melted fuel debris.
This coming from a man who worked in nuclear plants, so he would know. If I recall a similar post correctly.
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