Rodent Damage to Ford’s Soy Wiring

Newer Ford vehicles use an electrical wire coating that is a more eco-friendly, soy-based material. But maybe it's a little too eco-friendly? There's been an uptick in owner complaints about rodents using the coating as a chew toy and causing thousands of dollars in electrical damage.

Ford is far from alone on this problem.

Toyota was sued because owners think this sort of damage should be covered under warranty. Toyota continually denies that modern insulation is any more appealing to rodents saying we are currently not aware of any scientific evidence that shows rodents are attracted to automotive wiring because of alleged soy-based content.

Honda owners were also tired of rodents using their engines as a playground full of chew toys. The plead plaintiff says his 2014 Honda CrossTour wiring was shredded by a rabbit, a rabbit found in the engine compartment by a Honda dealer. Delaney says the dealer provided a photo of the rabbit enjoying the soy wiring for lunch, but the dealer refused to cover the repairs under warranty, which left Delaney paying $765 for the repairs..

In the case of Michelle Martinez v. Hyundai Motor America, Inc., the plaintiffs say that when an owner takes their vehicles in for repairs due to chewed wires, the gnawed materials are replaced with more soy-based materials. A vicious ciricle ensues, and owners can spend thousands of dollars just keeping their cars running.

Subaru was sued in Hawaii because, come to find out, replacing a fuel line or running new electrical ain’t cheap. Especially when you have to do it again and again.

Specific complaints from Ford owners

Ford has yet to be sued for their use of soy-based wire coatings, but complaints related to rodents are starting to pile up.

model year complaint
Explorer 2013 Rodent damage to wiring harness »
F-150 2015 Rodents eat soy-based wiring insulation »
Fusion 2017 Rodent damage to wiring »
Fusion Energi 2017 Rodent damage to wiring »
Transit Connect 2014 Rodents eating wiring »

Tips for Preventing Rodent Damage

  • Regularly open the hood and inspect your engine for signs of rodent activity (so, poop)
  • When you move the car, look for any shredded pieces of wire coating or other material that looks like a nest that might have fallen out.
  • Clean all food out of your car, including food sealed in bags. This is especially important for dog food and treats.
  • Some have had success with putting mothballs, dryer sheets, or liquid peppermint in their engine compartments.
  • Wrap your electrical wiring in something rodents can’t stand.

OK, Now What?

Maybe you've experienced this problem. Maybe you're concerned you will soon. Whatever the reason, you can help make sure it gets the attention it deserves.

  1. File Your Complaint

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  2. Notify CAS

    The Center for Auto Safety (CAS) is a pro-consumer organization that researches auto safety issues & often compels the US government to do the right thing through lobbying & lawsuits.

    Notify the CAS

  3. Report a Safety Concern

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is the US agency with the authority to conduct vehicle defect investigations & force recalls. Their focus is on safety-related issues.

    Report to NHTSA

  4. Contact Ford

    Ford Support

    P.O. Box 6248 Dearborn MI 48126 USA

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