Date registered: Apr 2012
Vehicle: '91 M1A1 Abram's Tank
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Mercedes-Benz and the Future of R134a
On September 25, 2012, Mercedes-Benz issued a press release stating that it wishes to continue using R134a refrigerant in their passenger cars. R134a is planned to be phased out of use and replaced with the more climate-friendly refrigerant R1234yf. Numerous laboratory and crash tests by international vehicle manufacturers and independent institutions have previously shown R1234yf to be safe.
Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, has carried out a series of additional tests as part of a new "real-life test scenario", developed in-house, that claim to go "above and beyond the legally prescribed requirements". As a result of these tests they have found that the new refrigerant can be proven to be flammable in a hot engine compartment if it escapes during a head-on collision. They have provided these findings to relevant authorities and due to their findings, they wish to continue using R134a refrigerant in their vehicles.
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