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03-20-2007, 06:54 AM

Your Nissan Versa is trying to kill you, with interior toxins (

Every couple of years, a study comes out identifying the myriad of chemicals being absorbed by your lungs during your daily commute. Surprisingly, these studies don't focus on emissions, but rather turn their scientific eye towards the materials that make up the interior of your car.

The Ecology Center, a non-profit environmental group, performed tests utilizing an X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) device that can measure "the elemental composition of any material" and came away with the ten best and worst vehicles to be stuck inside. The Chevy Cobalt, Chrysler PT Cruiser and Honda Odyssey take top honors for having the fewest toxins, while the Nissan Versa, Chevy Aveo and Scion xB are the worst offenders.

The tests isolate toxins like, arsenic, bromine, chlorine and mercury, found in everything from the carpet to the dash board, but the Ecology Center didn't identify what the degree of risk is while sitting in start and stop traffic.

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03-20-2007, 07:28 AM
I know the California regislature is going to come out with some law based on this study

03-21-2007, 05:53 PM
I still love the new car smell. I wonder if those new car scent air fresheners are very dangerous too! :D

On a more serious note, we're around so many chemicals all the time that I doubt this really matters much.

03-21-2007, 06:30 PM
Even though my Grand Marquis was a rental car, it still smells like new in the interior. It had a no smoking decal in the ashtray, so this must be the reason!

Smoking is bad for you anyways, only people with no personal self restraint need such vices.

03-22-2007, 04:20 AM
It's amazing how many toxins we are exposed to on a daily basis, in cars, homes, stores, etc. I think it's somewhat frightening, especially because if we wanted to aviod them, it would be near impossible.