Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Toxic Car Smell

"One of the best things about having a new car could be bad for you. New research finds that much loved "new car" smell is produced by harmful chemicals." According to a recent study, the pleasurable scent has been linked to harmful chemicals - volatile organic compounds (or VOC)- which releases chemicals from glues, paints, and vinyl. The smell inside the cabin of the new car can trigger headaches, sore throats, and drowsiness.
Japan's top five car makers have already rolled out cars with lower VOC levels. Gardner thinks that's great as long as they don't completely get rid of the scent that represents pride and satisfaction for so many consumers as they drive off the lot. A group that represents US automakers says it does not follow the issue of volatile organic compounds. The EPA has no stance on the issue either.


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