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Scientists in Sweden have compared the level of electromagnetic radiation in different type of cars. They discovered that S60, S70, S80 has up 80 times higher radiation values than other brands. This is due to a cheap design solution. <P>The entire issue is huge in Sweden since electromagnetic fields increases the risk for child leukaemia, cancer and miscarriages. Volvo denies everything but they have known about the problems for 3-4 years. Some people, for instance cancer doctors, have had their cars rebuilt in secret.<P>An internal volvo document about work environment has leeked out and they have decided within Volvo that a factory worker at Volvo should never be exposed to more than 0,9 microtesla which is 5% of what a V70/S60/S80 driver is exposed to every day. If a worker in Volvo is exposed to more than 0,9 microtesla it should "be reduced regardless of cost".<P>Since I'm a swede I can read the swedish newspapers and I guess it will just take a couple of days before this story is all over the world.
 

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by anewnilsson:<BR><B>Scientists in Sweden have compared the level of electromagnetic radiation in different type of cars. They discovered that S60, S70, S80 has up 80 times higher radiation values than other brands. This is due to a cheap design solution. <P>The entire issue is huge in Sweden since electromagnetic fields increases the risk for child leukaemia, cancer and miscarriages. Volvo denies everything but they have known about the problems for 3-4 years. Some people, for instance cancer doctors, have had their cars rebuilt in secret.<P>An internal volvo document about work environment has leeked out and they have decided within Volvo that a factory worker at Volvo should never be exposed to more than 0,9 microtesla which is 5% of what a V70/S60/S80 driver is exposed to every day. If a worker in Volvo is exposed to more than 0,9 microtesla it should "be reduced regardless of cost".<P>Since I'm a swede I can read the swedish newspapers and I guess it will just take a couple of days before this story is all over the world.</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><BR>With all due respect, I would ask that you get ALL of the facts straight before posting something like this and warning "danger" to all. First of all, the models you just refered to are not part of a "cheap design". The Swedish newspaper "Aftonbladet" had some reporter who is trying to dig something out of nothing. The models in question are the latest Volvos that have the battery in the trunk, so the S70 you mentioned is out of the loop. Other brands such as Mercedes and BMW have had their batteries in the trunk long before Volvo decided to go that direction so you would think that someone would have found out that something has gone awry here. The reporter mentions that Volvo's problem is that they only have a positive wire crossing the length of the car from the trunk to the front, therefore creating a "dangerous magnetic field" when the car is on. I can sit here and type for hours altnough I am neither a physicist nor an engineer. But I have followed this and as far as I can see it, it is absolute nonsense. Go to the following site <A HREF="http://infoventures.com/private/federal/q&a/qa-envn2.html" TARGET=_blank>http://infoventures.com/private/federal/q&a/qa-envn2.html</A> and you will see that the numbers reported in the article are of no real importance.<P>Other than that, all publications and studies are consistent with the belief that AC current is the type of current that can be dangerous to any living creature that has living cells in it; the current used by an automobile is DC. I have done extensive research on this as three years ago when we were ready to buy a house, we found what we thought was our dream house (from price and design standpoint) had one pitfall; it was about 300 ft. away from power lines. We did enough research to come to a conclusion that it was not worth the risk; it was an educating experience.<P>Lastly, when the car is on, it does not draw power from the battery since the alternator provides whatever the car needs (except when the battery needs a momentary recharge). Then the current is somewhere below 1 A, a negligible amount.<P>I would be more worried about a cell phone, appliances, etc.<P> <IMG SRC="http://www.mansun-nl.com/smilies/spacesmiley.gif"> <P>Yannis<P><BR>
 

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Well, IMHO, as an RF Engineer, I think this study is a load of crap. Electromagnetic energy below ~1GHz is largely benign, even at somewhat high power levels. You'll never suffer any harm from the emissions in a Volvo. <P>Above 1GHz, things get more interesting. Short-duration, low-power applications are OK, but a long conversation with a handheld cell phone is eerily similar to putting your brain in the microwave (on an impossibly low setting - and no, those little wave scrambler doohickeys won't help.) If you do it once in a while, I wouldn't worry about it - but long term? I don't think there's been enough research done yet to say. <P>Bottom line - I'd disregard this article. <P><P>
 
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