Scion xB Forum banner
Status
Not open for further replies.
1 - 3 of 3 Posts

·
ClubxB's OG Member
Joined
·
22,258 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
The Ann Arbor-based Ecology Center says on its new Web site, www.healthycar.org, that some vehicles use plastics and materials in their cabins which emit gases that could be harmful to passengers. That "new-car smell" could, in fact, be a contributor to indoor pollution that leads to long-term health problems, the group claims, since some commuters are spending hours in their cars each day.

The group tested 15 auto parts with an X-ray fluorescence detector to measure exposure levels.

The group's picks for worst cars are all subcompacts. The Nissan Versa, Chevrolet Aveo, Scion xB, and Kia Rio were selected for the ratios of gases put out by the plastics and other materials inside, including bromine, chlorine, lead and other heavy metals.

Chevrolet, in fact, spanned the spectrum in the Ecology Center 's tests, with its Cobalt compacts scoring well. Other car brands faring well in the assessment include Volvo, Honda, and Acura.

"Our findings show that it is not necessary to use toxic chemicals when making indoor auto parts," Jeff Gearhart, the Ecology Center 's Clean Car Campaign Director, said in a release. "There is no excuse for manufacturers not to replace these hazardous chemicals with safe alternatives immediately."


http://www.healthycar.org/vehicle.mostleast.php

but i LOVE the new car smell... :(
 
1 - 3 of 3 Posts
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top