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Chrysler adopting R1234YF

by David Zatz on

Ignoring former parent Daimler’s objections to a new refrigerant, Chrysler plans to start building new vehicles with “R1234YF” in the air conditioning system. R1234YF has a minimal “greenhouse effect” when compared with the current R134a, and has been mandated by the European Union.

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At this time, R1234YF is scheduled to be used in the 300/300C, Challenger, and Charger starting in late October. Allpar does not know whether the refrigerant will be used in export-bound cars (e.g. Lancia Thema) or domestics as well, but it’s likely that it will be used universally, since it requires different compressors, hoses, and other components.

Daimler, AG claims that R1234YF is a fire hazard in certain collisions; their internal tests could not be replicated by numerous other groups, including the Society of Automotive Engineers.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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