This was on the news last night
I found this follow up to a news article that aired down here last night.
Do you love that inimitable 'new car' smell as you step into your brand new, straight-off-the-forecourt pride and joy? Australian scientists warn that this smell could actually be dangerous, as it indicates the presence of toxic emissions. Just-auto.com reports that the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) looked into anecdotal evidence that drivers were becoming ill after driving their new cars. They quote cases of drivers experiencing headaches, lung irritations, swellings, nausea and unusual drowsiness after trading in an older car for a new one, symptoms which did not occur when they drove other, older, vehicles.
Toxins found to be emitted into some new cars' cabins included benzene, acetone, ethyl benzene and xylene isomers; benzenes are associated with the forming of cancers, acetone is a mucosal irritant and xylene isomers can inhibit foetal development. They are possible by-products of the manufacture of plastics and synthetic materials, such as those used in vehicle interiors. Levels of there remain high for a good six months after manufacture.
The CSIRO has called for further investigation into these findings, and suggests that buyers of new cars should make sure that there is plenty of air from outside entering their car, at least for the first six months of ownership.
Don't know about you guys but it would be a nice way to go!