So it turns out that sitting in your warm new car with the doors and windows closed so that you can breath deep that lovely new car smell is the equivalent of huffing paint but in a larger enclosure and without that painted-face residue. The Ecology Center (EC)out of Ann Arbor, MI released a report in 2006 stating that the plastics, fabricsÂ and glues that emit what is pleasantly referred to as that new car smell are really gassing toxic fumes. Then those fumes are trapped inside that lovely car you are now driving with the windows up and the Air Conditioning probably set to recirculate that same toxic air in a vicious cycle within the cars cabin. So while you smile and tell everyone you know how your car still has that new car smell maybe you are just too delirious to notice that you are really just high.
Do not panic yet, but do roll down those windows on occassion, there is good news. Car manufacturers are working to replace and remove those toxin emitting materials from their cars. Daimler-Chrysler, Toyota, Honda and Ford all received some positive grades from the EC in some of their efforts to improve their interior components.
To read more about the report and about what car manufacturers are doing to protect consumers click here.