‘Diet Gas’ Fuel Tank Gas Can Be A Health Hazard
DETROIT — It’s been a long time coming.
Now, the Environmental Protection Agency is warning the public about the potential health risks of using gas-powered cooling devices that deliver cooling air and coolant to a fuel tank.
The EPA says fuel-powered devices can generate hot and humid conditions inside a vehicle, causing the vehicle to overheat.
When a vehicle is running at a low fuel level, the engine and other equipment that power the vehicle cool down.
In an email to employees, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt said the agency is looking into the risks of fuel-burning cooling devices.
“The agency is also concerned about the risks posed by fuel-driven cooling devices, which are a potential source of heat-related illnesses,” Pruitt wrote.
According to the EPA, the agency has received reports of multiple cases of heat related illnesses in the U.S. involving fuel-cooled vehicles.
There are about 11,000 fuel-fueled vehicles on the road in the United States, according to the U-M Transportation Institute.
Some manufacturers have begun to ban the use of fuel tanks that contain coolant for cooling, including Ford, General Motors, Toyota, Nissan and Volvo.
A report from the UMW research institute found that in 2015, more than 6 million Americans were exposed to dangerous levels of CO2 from fuel- and air-cooling vehicles.