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Honeywell Confident SAE International Evaluation Of Its New Automotive Refrigerant Will Reconfirm The Product Is Safe

MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J., Dec. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today said it is confident that SAE International, recognized as the world's leading automotive engineering association, will reconfirm that HFO-1234yf, Honeywell's new low-global-warming-potential automotive air conditioning refrigerant, is safe for use in automobiles.

SAE International, in announcing an update on its fourth and latest Cooperative Research Project (CRP) on the refrigerant, said, "To date, the majority of the OEMs involved in the new CRP do not believe that any of the new information reviewed will lead to a change in the overall risk assessment."

"With the exception of Daimler, no OEM in the CRP has provided information that would suggest a concern for the safe use of R-1234yf in their vehicles," SAE International said.

"Based on today's announcement, Honeywell continues to believe that SAE International's latest evaluation will only reconfirm the overwhelming body of data – including rigorous and comprehensive studies conducted in Europe, the U.S. and Japan – that have clearly and repeatedly determined that HFO-1234yf is safe for use in automobiles," said Dr. Ian Shankland, chief technology officer for Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies. "HFO-1234yf is a safe and effective refrigerant, and it is better for the environment."

SAE International, formerly known as the Society of Automotive Engineers, is an independent, global association of more than 133,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. Previously, HFO-1234yf was the subject of comprehensive testing conducted over a three-year period under an SAE International CRP using proven, standard methods for evaluating new products and materials in automobiles. That CRP, which was sponsored by 15 global automakers, including all leading German automakers, concluded that HFO-1234yf is safe for use in automobile applications.

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