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Woman Claims Neighbor’s Energy Efficient Windows Are Melting Her Toyota Prius
http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/ ^

Posted on 01/25/2012 8:42:52 AM PST by jakerobins

STUDIO CITY (CBS) — A SoCal woman says the energy efficient window installed in a neighbor’s condominium is melting the plastic components on cars parked in her carport.

Heather Patron of Studio City was dealing with a mystery regarding her Toyota Prius.

“The side view mirrors were melting,” says Patron. “Anything that was plastic on the car was melting.”

Toyota told Patron nothing was wrong with the car. After having the mirrors replaced, she noticed the mirrors on the car parked next to hers were also melting.

(Excerpt) Read more at losangeles.cbslocal.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: bioplastics; headlineoftheweek; headlines; prius; priusmelting
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If this is true the irony is too good! HAHAHA
1 posted on 01/25/2012 8:42:59 AM PST by jakerobins
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To: jakerobins

Greenies having a tiff. *gets popcorn*


2 posted on 01/25/2012 8:46:02 AM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (A MUST WATCH: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KeOLurcQaqI)
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To: jakerobins

She must have gotten hahold of some really “good” drugs. California...


3 posted on 01/25/2012 8:46:04 AM PST by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: jakerobins

The only car I truly hate is the Prius.

I despise it more than the Volt, because the Prius is the “status car” of the greenie-weenies.

May they all dissolve into puddles of viscous, gooey, plastic ooze.


4 posted on 01/25/2012 8:46:20 AM PST by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: jakerobins

Didn’t the Greeks concentrate reflected sunlight on the enemies fleet to burn them to the waterline?


5 posted on 01/25/2012 8:47:23 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: jakerobins

At first I misread it and thought it said peni$.


6 posted on 01/25/2012 8:47:23 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Westbrook

“The only car I truly hate is the Prius.”

I’m not a Prius fan, but at least it wasn’t pushed down our throats by marxist punk.


7 posted on 01/25/2012 8:48:21 AM PST by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: jakerobins

*grin*

*snicker*

*chuckle*

*snort*

*giggle*

BWAHHAAAHAAHAAAAAAAA!!!!!


8 posted on 01/25/2012 8:49:37 AM PST by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: jakerobins

I smell an upcoming episode of Mythbusters here...


9 posted on 01/25/2012 8:49:43 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Paladin2

Seems I saw that busted on “Myth Busters” or something similar.


10 posted on 01/25/2012 8:50:10 AM PST by Magic Fingers
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To: Paladin2

Mythbusters looked into that. Busted.


11 posted on 01/25/2012 8:50:37 AM PST by stormer
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To: Paladin2

That’s the legend...Although the guys on Mythbusters had a hard time trying to recreate this feat. I wonder if the windows will be declared a public safety hazard after some Women who have had “enhancements” walk by them? AHHH my boobs are melting! LOL


12 posted on 01/25/2012 8:50:37 AM PST by jakerobins
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To: jakerobins

The image deserves the Salvador Dali treatment.


13 posted on 01/25/2012 8:50:37 AM PST by Dr. Sivana (May Mitt Romney be the Paul Tsongas of 2012.)
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To: jakerobins

The Prius Dali is supposed to do that.


14 posted on 01/25/2012 8:50:52 AM PST by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Westbrook; ImJustAnotherOkie
I despise it more than the Volt, because the Prius is the “status car” of the greenie-weenies.

The Prius, also known as the Pious.

(Although Penis works too, I suppose)...

15 posted on 01/25/2012 8:53:14 AM PST by null and void (Day 1100 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: jakerobins

There was a hotel in Vegas which had to re-engineer its windows which were reflecting enough sunlight into a poolside area that guests were getting serious burns.

It could be that a similar thing is at work here. I’d guess that the law doesn’t allow folks to mount mirrors in ways to cause damage to the property of another, nor would the law allow the accidental harm of new windows installed by some way that caused similar damage to the property of others.


16 posted on 01/25/2012 8:55:31 AM PST by bvw
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To: null and void

I give them no respect in traffic myself. I cut them off when I get the chance, and change lanes in front of them whenever possible. I don’t expect any badass to pop out of one with a .45.


17 posted on 01/25/2012 8:56:27 AM PST by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: jakerobins
Easy solution: just buy a big mirror and use it to shield your Prius and set your neighbor's house on fire with light from his own high efficiency windows.
18 posted on 01/25/2012 8:57:06 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Herman Cain: possibly the escapee most dangerous to the Democrats since Frederick Douglass.)
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To: jakerobins
Don't laugh, and don't doubt. It happens!

Look here for article

19 posted on 01/25/2012 8:59:13 AM PST by China Clipper ( Animals? Sure I like animals. See? There they are next to the potatoes!)
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To: jakerobins

—After having the mirrors replaced, she noticed the mirrors on the car parked next to hers were also melting.—

I infer from this that the fact that her car is a Priuth is irrelevant. Rather, it is an issue with too much reflected solar energy coupled with the direct sunlight that is death to plastic car parts, regardless of the make or model.


20 posted on 01/25/2012 9:00:58 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Westbrook

“May they all dissolve into puddles of viscous, gooey, plastic”

It’s normally too cool in my area for them to melt. Most of them just sit alongside the road, halfway up the mountain, recharging their batteries so they can make it the rest of the way up.


21 posted on 01/25/2012 9:01:52 AM PST by Cold Heart
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To: stormer
Did those bozos get busted for shelling a nearby neighborhood?

Maybe they didn't use enough mirrors.

22 posted on 01/25/2012 9:01:53 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: fishtank

Gee whiz, I love my Prius. I’m as notliberal as they come but I hate taking the time to stop for gas. I’m always late for this, late for that and too rushed to stop. I’ve had it for 5 years and its still over 400 miles on an 8 gallon tank so I don’t have to stop much or worry as much about rationing, like we had a decade or so ago. What’s wrong with that? I can beat all the young kids out, starting from a traffic light so pickup is good enough for me. Don’t think you will see anything but don’t tread on me on my bumper either.


23 posted on 01/25/2012 9:02:00 AM PST by JayGalt
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To: jakerobins

I’m sure the Prius is a fine car...but so is a Ford Focus.

Base model Prius - $26,400 gets you 44/40 mileage
Base model Focus - $16,500 gets you 26/36

At $3.40 a gallon, the breakover for the Prius owner (not including higher insurance and taxes) would be 344,000 miles.

Or try a Hyundai Elantra - $15,345 gets you 29/40

The breakover would be 623,000 miles

Ergo, this car owner is not right in the head.

I imagaine the breakover on the windows is even worse.


24 posted on 01/25/2012 9:06:24 AM PST by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: cuban leaf
I infer from this that the fact that her car is a Priuth is irrelevant.

But mentioning it is a Prius in the headline is a good hook. Grabs the readers.

Heck, if I was a headline writer, I might just make that "fact" up, because it makes for a more attractive story.

25 posted on 01/25/2012 9:07:18 AM PST by Haiku Guy (As soon as Romney / Is not "inevitable" / He drops like a stone)
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To: JayGalt

for the record, I didn’t write the I-hate-Prius post.


26 posted on 01/25/2012 9:08:55 AM PST by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: stormer

Was that before or after the cannonball stunt?

:-)


27 posted on 01/25/2012 9:10:43 AM PST by fishtank (The denial of original sin is the root of liberalism.)
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To: JayGalt

The Prius is a fine car with some excellent engineering. My problem with the Prius is the tax credit for purchasing it. I do not believe that Toyato asked or lobbied heavily for the tax credit. I believe the tax credit applies to all hybrid cars.

My other problem with many Prius owners (probably not you) is their attitude about saving the environment. This attitude has creeped into local laws with some states allowing hybrid owners to use HOV lanes with only one occupant. Hybrid cars are not saving the environment. Their impact is probably about the same as a very low emissions vehicle.


28 posted on 01/25/2012 9:11:44 AM PST by businessprofessor
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To: jakerobins

29 posted on 01/25/2012 9:14:40 AM PST by Tribune7 (GAS WAS $1.85 per gallon on the day Obama was Inaugurated! - - freeper Gaffer)
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To: jakerobins

Apparently it is a REAL problem.

http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/blogs/dept/musings/window-reflections-can-melt-vinyl-siding


30 posted on 01/25/2012 9:17:21 AM PST by Apple Pan Dowdy (... as American as Apple Pie mmm mmm mmm)
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To: lacrew

It might be even worse than that — I doubt that battery system will make it to that crossover point. Working that into the equation might very well show that it never breaks even on the capital investment(s).


31 posted on 01/25/2012 9:17:52 AM PST by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: Magic Fingers; Paladin2

Yes and while I like Myth Busters, Archimedes they ain’t.


32 posted on 01/25/2012 9:21:20 AM PST by jpsb
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To: lacrew

I didn’t buy my Prius to save money. It was cheaper than the Volkswagen Passat I had before it, that car had been pushed up in price point by the company that year, making it ostentatious and a staement I didn’t want to make. The Prius had a great saftey record, great repair record and I wouldn’t need to stop for gas so often. A Ford Focus was not in the picture. This is not a sensible argument, we have lots of different car companies, and models because people look for different things but by all means attack Prius owners as stupid liberal tree huggers. I will continue to fight for smaller Government, individual responsibility, drill here now, and confuse all the folks who think it makes me part of a club to own a Prius.


33 posted on 01/25/2012 9:23:42 AM PST by JayGalt
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To: jakerobins

Park the car somewhere else or buy a cover for it....duh.


34 posted on 01/25/2012 9:26:16 AM PST by chris_bdba
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To: jakerobins

I’m shocked Gubmint motors didn’t steal this excuse first for Volt usage.


35 posted on 01/25/2012 9:26:42 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB (Congress: Looting the future to bribe the present.)
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To: bvw
There was a hotel in Vegas which had to re-engineer its windows

Yep, that's the story here, a newer technology that will require tweaking.

Reflecting sunlight OFF your property means it goes somewhere else and may cause damage there.

Currently, property owners who MODIFY natural drainage on their property can be held responsible if that storm drainage damages another's property. We may see similar law in sunlight reflection.

36 posted on 01/25/2012 9:26:54 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it. (plagiarized))
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To: jakerobins
Toyota Motor Corp uses mainly PLA bio-plastics, derived from sweet potatoes corn and sugar beet, reinforced with kenaf to produce components for its cars such as the Prius and Lexus. It hopes to grow its bio-plastics division into a four billion yen business by 2020 and capture two thirds of the global market for petroleum free plastics.
37 posted on 01/25/2012 9:28:17 AM PST by PeaceBeWithYou (De Oppresso Liber! (50 million and counting in Afghanistan and Iraq))
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To: Westbrook

A lot of people do drive a Prius for the purposes of vanity and moral narcissism.

My wife drives one to save money on gas. She has a long commute for work. We bought it brand new in 2005, and it has saved her thousands of dollars.

They really are great cars, unlike the Commie Volt.


38 posted on 01/25/2012 9:28:18 AM PST by Retired Greyhound (.)
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To: Paladin2

Oh, I should add that it is supposed that Archimedes used reflected sun light, no one knows exactly how he set fire to the Roman fleet. Only that Archimedes figured out some means of setting the fleet ablaze via a “heat ray” of some sort.


39 posted on 01/25/2012 9:29:02 AM PST by jpsb
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To: jakerobins
Could be true....I was at a building construction site last week....they had just installed double glazed windows on 48 apartments....at one place in the courtyard I felt hot...on walking back and forwards I discovered an area about 1 square foot that was caused by the concentrated reflection from the sun....

....seems to me the double glazed windows have a partial vacuum inside....this causes a slight curvature of the glass....(concave for those in Rio Vista) and resulting long focal length with concentration of solar energy. ...

The law of unintended consequences....

40 posted on 01/25/2012 9:29:13 AM PST by spokeshave (Mitt will release his tax returns when 0bambi releases his Birth Certificate and grades)
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To: lacrew

One of our friends just bought one of the new Fiats.I guess they go for around $12,999 and get great gas mileage.Not sure right now how much it gets but he said it is saving him about $30 a week and he was driving a mini Cooper before.


41 posted on 01/25/2012 9:31:39 AM PST by chris_bdba
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To: spokeshave
1).....so purchase a BIG square double glazed window....and a vacuum pump....

2)...couple the vacuum pump inlet to a small pipe glued into the side of the window frame

3)..Place the window to reflect the sunlight back at the neighbor

4) pull a vacuum and adjust the curvature of the glass for focus on the neighbors house....

5)....watch it burn down...

6)...remove your window and pump and retire inside.

42 posted on 01/25/2012 9:37:58 AM PST by spokeshave (Mitt will release his tax returns when 0bambi releases his Birth Certificate and grades)
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43 posted on 01/25/2012 10:01:11 AM PST by RedMDer (Forward With Confidence!)
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To: stormer

Did Mythbusters account for the situations where the glass panels of the windows were deformed enough to act as concentrating mirrors?


44 posted on 01/25/2012 10:23:09 AM PST by James C. Bennett (An Australian.)
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To: cripplecreek

Instead of smog, the exhaust from a Prius is smug.


45 posted on 01/25/2012 10:32:08 AM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. We have ideas-the Dems only have ideology.)
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To: lacrew

Please re-do your figures. My Prius gets 54-58 MPG. And also include the value of my time that I do NOT stand around a gas station waiting for the tank to fill (just figure it as $20/hr) and the time finding a gas station and driving to a gas station. Thank you.


46 posted on 01/25/2012 11:15:20 AM PST by Auntie Mame (Fear not tomorrow. God is already there.)
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To: James C. Bennett

No, because that not what the Greeks were using. I don’t doubt that a window could concentrate light enough to melt nearby plastic; but I don’t believe that you’re going to burn a ship to the waterline in a combat situation using a polished metal mirror...


47 posted on 01/25/2012 11:15:35 AM PST by stormer
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To: ImJustAnotherOkie
I give them no respect in traffic myself. I cut them off when I get the chance, and change lanes in front of them whenever possible.

How nice, you just must be a real nice person.

48 posted on 01/25/2012 11:17:04 AM PST by Auntie Mame (Fear not tomorrow. God is already there.)
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To: jakerobins
The mistake was living, if it may be called that, in a condominium in the first place.

Condominiums are the very statement of communal living, writ large with a mortgage attached. There is a mindset that is drawn to such an arrangement, because it is “efficient” in terms of land use, getting many people in one place for easy application of mass transportation, and bundling everybody to the same sets of woes and setbacks simultaneously.

Then, if one person feels wronged, the wrongness is projected upon ALL the denizens of this rabbit warren, and the offending individual is subject to community wrath.

The only place for an individual to live is in the middle of about one square mile, with a dirt road leading in.

No country for a Prius.

49 posted on 01/25/2012 11:21:49 AM PST by alloysteel (Are Democrats truly "better angels"? They are lousy stewards for America.)
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To: jakerobins
The mistake was living, if it may be called that, in a condominium in the first place.

Condominiums are the very statement of communal living, writ large with a mortgage attached. There is a mindset that is drawn to such an arrangement, because it is “efficient” in terms of land use, getting many people in one place for easy application of mass transportation, and bundling everybody to the same sets of woes and setbacks simultaneously.

Then, if one person feels wronged, the wrongness is projected upon ALL the denizens of this rabbit warren, and the offending individual is subject to community wrath.

The only place for an individual to live is in the middle of about one square mile, with a dirt road leading in.

No country for a Prius.

50 posted on 01/25/2012 11:21:56 AM PST by alloysteel (Are Democrats truly "better angels"? They are lousy stewards for America.)
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