Green Buckeye RN

CHEJ: Toxic PVC On The Decline In Cars
March 28, 2012, 9:29 am
Filed under: News

Shopping for a car? The Ecology Center has released the fourth consumer guide to toxic chemicals in cars, and found the Honda Civic at the top of this year’s list, and the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport at the bottom. The good news is on a fleet-wide basis, PVC use is declining. No pre-2006 vehicles had PVC-free interiors, versus 17 percent of the 2011/2012 vehicle models which had PVC-free interiors. Researchers tested more than 200 of the most popular 2011- and 2012-model vehicles for chemicals that off-gas from parts such as the steering wheel, dashboard, armrests and seats, in the ratings posted at These chemicals contribute to the “new car smell” and a variety of acute and long-term health concerns.  Since the average American spends more than 1.5 hours in a car every day, toxic chemical exposure inside vehicles can be a major source of indoor air pollution


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