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Is your car making you sick? (Health)

posted by bibleprobe1(R), 10.24.2008

Is your car making you sick?

Story Highlights
- Fumes from your new car created from soup of harmful chemicals
- Porsche 911 and Honda Accord are two least toxic cars
- In Europe, allergy-tested vehicles are very popular
- Ionic auto air purifier can help get rid of the fumes in your car

By Sheryll Alexander
AOL Autos

As environment-friendly Martha Stewart might know, that new car smell is not a good thing.

The Ecology Center found the Suzuki Forenza was one of the most toxic car models.

In fact, inhaling the fumes from your new car can be toxic and are created from a literal soup of chemicals such as arsenic and formaldehyde, which can take years to completely be "out-gassed" from your new car's interior materials.

In fact, Americans spend so much time in their cars, the "out-gassing" of so-called volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from new car interiors and new car seat parts like the steering wheel, dashboard, seats and carpets are a big concern as these are known contributors to acute and long-term health problems.

Unfortunately, with the auto industry slowdown on the minds of car execs and politicians, combating indoor air pollution in new cars is not getting much play. Interestingly, automakers in Europe and Japan are serious about making their cars less toxic, especially for those who suffer from environmental allergies.

So, can America's Big Three really take on yet another eco challenge in a market focused mostly on fuel efficiency and lowering carbon dioxide emissions? Some American automakers are already making strides to clean up chemical emissions inside their cars.

General Motor's vehicles, in fact, showed a 27 percent improvement in cleaning up indoor air pollution, so says findings from The Ecology Center's annual study.

Using portable X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) technology, The Ecology Center tests almost 300 new cars and car seats for toxic chemicals like bromine, chlorine, lead and heavy metals. These chemicals have been linked to health issues such as birth defects, liver toxicity, cancer, allergies and impaired learning.

Some of the least toxic cars found in the Ecology Center study are:

Porsche 911
Honda Accord
Dodge Caliber
Saturn Astra XR
Dodge Charger
Toyota Tacoma
Acura RDX

The study found the following models are the most toxic:

Suzuki Forenza
Suzuki Reno
Lincoln Mark LT
Mitsubishi Eclipse
BMW 128i

Finish reading this at: CNN


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