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Toyota to switch back to R-134a

Toyota Motor Company claims it’s switched back to using the refrigerant R134a for some Toyota and Lexus models in Europe

The move is said to be in response to public pressure in Germany.

Daimler was the only automaker that refused to phase out R-134a until now. Daimler claims the only available replacement, R1234yf, poses a potential fire hazard. R134a has been banned from new vehicles built in the EU since the start of the year to help meet climate protection

According to www.inautonews.com, a Toyota spokesperson said: “We have equipped three models with the old refrigerant in order to respect customers’ safety concerns because of controversy in Germany.

Toyota is no longer producing any vehicles for Europe with R1234yf, which is manufactured by Honeywell and DuPont. Previously, the Toyota Prius Plus, GT86 and Lexus GS were all equipped with the chemical. Toyota is still “very confident” about the new refrigerant’s safety but the company wanted to avoid being drawn into the debate about its use, the spokesman commented.

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