EU affirms refrigerant is safe, Daimler even now disagrees


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R1234yf, the refrigerant jointly developed by Honeywell and Dupont that is being phased in as a substitute for R134a in Europe, is safe. So says a panel of scientists from the Joint Analysis Council, researching the refrigerant at the request of the European Commission. German automaker Daimler, although, disagrees with the finding, saying R1234yf can be toxic to people when burned, in accordance to Automotive News.

In situation you haven’;t been following this true-existence drama, the old refrigerant was banned in Europe due to environmental hazards. Daimler refused to use the replacement refrigerant, prompting a short ban on the revenue of Mercedes versions in France, saying it was holding out for air conditioning methods that relied on carbon dioxide alternatively of R1234yf.

Neither side would seem prepared to concede defeat, Daimler saying in a statement that it believes the tests conducted on the new refrigerant were “as well restrictive” and the EU Commission saying that there is “no evidence of a serious danger.” The following stage? Keep tuned, we suppose…

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