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The ongoing crisis in Japan has some consumers wondering if it’s still safe to purchase vehicles built in Japan. Nissan wants you to know the answer is a resounding “yes”, and has even posted a video to YouTube demonstrating the procedure for testing automobiles prior to shipment. Nissan was the first Japanese automaker to begin radiation sampling of their products, on March 18, and has since updated their procedures based on feedback from the Japan Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (JAMA).
Vehicles are selected at random from each shipment, and radiation measurements are taken on both the outside (hood and wheels) and inside (steering wheel) of each one chosen. To date, all automobiles tested fall well within established norms, and JAMA is quick to add that radiation levels near Japanese auto manufacturing facilities and ports are also within normal ranges established by the Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan and the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Want to see the process yourself? The video below explains it in a fair amount of detail.