Japan: ‘Radioactive cars’ on sale image

According to London’s Daily Telegraph, some car dealers in Japan are selling vehicles exposed to dangerously high levels of radiation. Although the cars are looking good, they are coming from the nearby of Fukushima nuclear plant compromised by March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

Dealers have a traditional trade in exporting second-hand vehicles from Japan to Russia and south-east Asia. Since the Japanese government changed the radioactivity limit for cars to be exported to other countries from 5 microsieverts to 0.3 microsieverts starting August 2011, many dealers prefer to sell suspicious cars at dump prices to the domestic market.

One minivan, refused for export due to high radiations level, was finally sold onto the domestic market and was found to have more than 20 times the permissible level of radiation for export. Until now, 660 cars were retained from export due to radioactivity issues.