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House Windows Melting A Toyota Prius

MeltingwitchTypically when you think of a battle between a house and a Prius, you add a dose of a drunk driver and a garage and you are done… But not today.

It looks like that super efficient windows are reflecting so much energy onto a car parked in Southern California that it is melting the plastic exterior parts of a lady’s Prius parked outside of the building.

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.” Patron then observed a powerful beam of light that was reflecting off the window of a next door condominium, casting a concentrated beam over her carport.

CBS2’s Randy Paige placed a thermometer in the pathway of the beam on a partially cloudy day. The temperature registered over 120 degrees in less than five minutes.

“I’m positive that this window is what is causing the damage to my car,” says Patron.

Patron is not alone. Reports across the country have alleged damages brought on by concentrated sunlight reflected off of energy efficient windows. The National Association of Home Builders is now conducting a study on the matter. via CBS LA

There is no regulations against these types of windows but it will be interesting. And it makes me wonder if we are going to see melting Prius’s around the country in the coming years.


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  1. hehe stupid liberal nonsense comes to fruition and destroys property I luv this stuff hehehe

  2. Hm this sounds like the news trying to make a bigger deal out of something than it really is. Also looking for those eyeballs, yes?

    Maybe the Japanese don't get temperatures as hot as some here in the US? :-) The Prius is still a great car, I think. I'd love to own one.

  3. Very interesting news. I can't believe a window could cause that great damage. Informative indeed. Great blog.

  4. Very interesting. Not sure what it has to do with liberal?

  5. Funny thing is…In Phoenix, Arizona…cars just melt from direct sun. No hyper efficient windows needed. Now who is up for a sidewalk omelet ; ]

  6. This is a funny piece. What are they doing with so many windows in a garage though. I wonder if this has happened in my fair city of Phoenix. We certainly have the heat factor going. Thanks for making me laugh.

  7. Wow! a window can do so much! ;] although its a nice explanation!

  8. Wow, those are some serious window panes.

  9. i am impress, very good explanation

  10. Sounds like those windows should come with some sort of warning on them.

  11. Hmmm. I have a solar roof carport in perth but it does not toast the car's interiors. Maybe they should consult an expert on the proper angle of the solar panels so as not to get that so much heat.

  12. Such a problem should be addressed soon, especially when you are just about to form or launch a limited liability company. It would be disastrous for the cars.

    Christian Ryland

  13. Why don't we just go ahead and stop delaying the inevitable and melt every Prius in the country…

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