from Eric Peters Autos

There’s an interesting legal action  under way against Nissan by a Georgia man named Josef Tater who claims the Leaf electric car he bought has made him physically ill via its electromagnetic (EMF) emissions. His attorney says that the Leaf emits as much as 31.3 mG (milligauss) of EMF radiation and at least as much as 4.9 mG,  which – according to the lawsuit – is several times the 2 mG level the man’s lawyers say is the maximum safe level. 

This number may be derived from the so-called “Swedish Standard,” which refers to a regulation in that country requiring that certain devices that generate EMF radiation, such as video display terminals emit no more than 2 mG within one meter of the operator’s position. If it is true that the Leaf emits even 4.9 mG of EMF radiation, it would tilt (pinball reference) that standard by more than twice.

“On January 25th,” according to the lawsuit, “the plaintiff was hospitalized with inability to hear and speak. Going forward, the plaintiff kept suffering physical and mental symptoms and his marriage fell apart as his wife filed for divorce on April 15th, 2017.”

There is still much debate about the effect of EMF radiation emitted from now-common electronic devices, including smartphones, WiFi and cell phone towers. There are numerous anecdotal stories that dovetail with the claims made by the plaintiff in the Leaf case about various ill effects claimed to result from exposure to excessive EMF emissions. These include heart palpitations, fatigue, breathing difficulties and “brain fog,” among other things.

It seems not-improbable that EMF in excessive amounts might have such effects, given the human body runs on electrical signals. It might be worth knowing about.

The problem is no one seems to know exactly what constitutes “excessive.” Well, no government agency has posited any specifics, much less regulations. Or expressed much interest in knowing.

Or rather, telling.

If you cruise over to the Environmental Protection Agency’s EMF information page, you will find that there “are no U.S. Federal standards limiting residential or occupational exposure to electric and magnetic fields . . . ” The EPA refers to power lines but the relevant thing is there’s no EMF standard for cars, either. 

Yet modern cars emit – and receive – lots of EMF emissions. Not just electric cars, either. Almost all new cars have WiFi, keyless locks and ignition. Some can “stream” media content through wireless devices/entertainment systems and almost all are now “connected” cars that transmit and receive data/software updates wirelessly.

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