Cadmium is a highly toxic cancer-causing chemical element which is a by-product of zinc production. It had also been found that this toxic element is present in 124,000 VW plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles proceeding a production shutdown and possible rebuy.
Kraftfahrt-Bundesamt (KBA), Germany’s Federal Transport Authority, may demand a rebuy of all affected vehicles due to the toxic presence in high-voltage battery chargers – roughly 0.008 grams per device. The material is prohibited by the German government for use in vehicles, due to the harm it can highly do to the environment when the vehicle is recycled or scrapped.
Volkswagen has stopped the production of Golf GTE, Passat GTE, e-Golf, and e-Up! models. The company claims the charger containing the chem comes from an external supplier who hasn’t created any awareness about the element presence.
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