“Vehicle interiors contain a unique cocktail of hundreds of toxic chemicals that off-gas in small, confined spaces.”
USA Today reports:
Ever wonder about that “new car” smell? In a report Wednesday that tests more than 200 vehicles, an environmental group says this off-gasing of chemicals is notably lower in some cars such as the Honda Civic ,Toyota Prius and Honda CR-Z.
Overall, there’s good news. Cars are reducing their use of toxic chemicals, and the best have eliminated hazardous flame retardants and PVC (polyvinyl chloride), according to the fourth consumer guide on the topic by the nonprofit, Ann Arbor-Mich. based Ecology Center…
But it’s the dose that makes the poison and there is no evidence that anyone has been harmed by new car smell.