I freely admit it, I love the smell of a new car and I’m really not sure why :).
It turns out that the new car smell may be highly toxic. A study by the very highly respected Australian organization, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) found that benzene levels in some new car as high as 500% above the recommended exposure limit. Benzene is a known carcinogen; i.e. causes cancer. Some of the other dangerous chemicals that create the new car smell are:
Acetone – a known irritant
Xylene isomers – harmful to foetuses
Formaldehyde – carcinogen
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PDBE)
Of course, that’s not to mention the damage done to the environment in the production of vehicles.
If you have purchased a new car or are about to, you might want to consider also factoring in a car air purifier into your budget.
Do you have any green tips for minimizing or removing these toxic vapors from your car – please share them below :)