For anybody that’s every played Fallout: 3, or Fallout: New Vegas, you know the consequences of excessive radiation. And unfortunately, Rad-X and RadAway don’t exist in real life. So when Chinese consumers believed that their Chevy Cruze 1.6L was emitting abnormal levels of radiation from its transmission, demand for RadAway jumped a bit.
Due to the suspicions, Shanghai GM asked China’s Physical and Chemical Research Center of Science and Environmental Analysis to test the Chevys, and the results found the everything seems to be just a bunch of hoopla. The tests reportedly found that the Cruze’s automatic transmission emitted a mere 0.4µT (that’s less than one-millionth of one Tesla, a measure of magnetic energy). To note, Chinese and international standards say that up to 100µT of electromagnetic radiation is safe for humans who enjoy not having extra appendages. Or who don’t want to become ghouls. Shanghai GM continued to stress that all of its cars are built in accordance with all international safety laws, and that GM conducts several tests to make sure its cars aren’t emitting unsafe levels of radiation.
For the sake of comparing, a cassette tape registers about 24µT, and the Earth’s magnetic field at the equator measures approximately 31µT. And nobody is sure how the high radiation rumor started in the first place.