Spring on the Road

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Did you know?

The excitement of driving a new car off of the lot extends beyond the thrill of having a new set of wheels to show off. Some people just love the smell of a new car. But while that aroma may be pleasant to the olfactory senses, it may be wise to eliminate the smell as soon as possible. According to a 2012 study from the nonprofit Ecology Center and HealthyStuff.org, that "new car smell" may include toxic fumes from chemicals used to create the car's interior. There are some indications that the smell is generated from more than 50 volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, that are off-gassing in a relatively confined space. While the potential dangers of breathing in all of these compounds continues to be studied, the flame retardants and plastics used in cars have been linked to illnesses when they have been used in other applications. To speed up the process of removing VOCs from a car, open all of the windows and let it sit in the hot sun. Also, purchasing a vehicle that has been sitting on the lot for a while may mean some of the chemicals have dissipated.