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World's Leading Automotive Engineering Organization Reconfirms That Honeywell's Low-Global-Warming Refrigerant Is 'Safe And Effective'

MORRIS TOWNSHIP, N.J., April 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) announced today that SAE International, the world's leading automotive engineering organization, has reconfirmed that Honeywell's new low-global-warming-potential mobile air conditioning refrigerant, HFO-1234yf, is "safe and effective to use in automotive applications."

SAE International's Cooperative Research Project (CRP) said that it has carefully evaluated extensive testing on HFO-1234yf, including collision scenarios, and has reconfirmed its finding that HFO-1234yf is safe for use in automobile air conditioning. 

The evaluation involved technical experts from Fiat-Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Mazda, PSA Peugeot Citroen, Renault and Toyota.

The CRP also concluded that a test conducted by Daimler late last year, which raised questions about safety, was "unrealistic" and "not an appropriate test to verify the safety of refrigerant applications in vehicles" because it "did not include any actual vehicle collisions or the mitigating factors that occur in an actual collision."

"The CRP's recent announcement again confirms that HFO-1234yf is safe for use in mobile air conditioning," said Dr. Ian Shankland, chief technology officer for Honeywell Performance Materials and Technologies. "Extensive testing by global automakers and third-party experts alike proves that HFO-1234yf is safe. HFO-1234yf is being readily adopted by automakers around the world because of its safety, effectiveness and availability today to meet environmental regulations such as the European Union's Mobile Air Conditioning (MAC) directive."

HFO-1234yf, a highly-efficient, safe and effective replacement for HFC-134a, is already in use by the auto industry. It reduces global warming impact by 99.7 percent over HFC-134a and, according to third-party data, its adoption in cars today would have the greenhouse gas equivalent impact of removing more than 4 million cars from European roads.

HFO-1234yf was the subject of comprehensive testing conducted by an SAE CRP from 2007 to 2009. That CRP, which was sponsored by 15 global automakers, including all leading German automakers, major suppliers and 18 international, independent research institutes, concluded that HFO-1234yf is safe for use in automobile applications.

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