The smell of a new car: how it is dangerous to health
Many motorists love the smell of a new car. But did you know that this aroma can even lead to hormonal changes in the human body?
The basis of the interior trim are parts that are made of plastic with the addition of adhesive and sealants. They can contain organic compounds like xylene or phenol, which are used as solvents for varnishes and paints, as well as in the creation of epoxies.
High phenol concentrations are toxic and adversely affect the human mucous membranes and nervous system. Also in the interior of the cars there are bromine and chlorine. Bromine is used to decorate flame retardants, and chlorine is part of the plasticizer, which makes the plastic more elastic.
Under the influence of direct sunlight, bromine enters the human body, which can cause hormonal disorders or even hearing impairment. In turn, chlorine is harmful to the kidneys and liver..
And do not forget about the lead, which new cars are not new. His couples are very dangerous and can even lead to reproductive system disorders..
Do you think the smell of genuine leather is harmless? There it was! When it is made, aldehydes are actively involved. In large doses. And they are dangerous for the respiratory tract, irritate the mucous membrane and impair vision..
Of the examples of the negative impact of the smell of a new car on a person, it is worth mentioning the case that occurred in 2013 in the USA. The buyer of the new Tesla Model S electric car fell asleep right behind the wheel, as a result of which a cyclist was knocked to death. Of course, in our country this would be attributed to age (63 years), poor health, etc. But in America, everything is somewhat different, so the trial began, during which an examination and chemical analysis of the salon was carried out.
Speaking about the toxicity of the salons of new cars, it is necessary to mention the study of the HealthyStuff portal, which conducted a chemical analysis of 800 cars and compiled a list of the most “clean” and “poisonous” models. It turned out that far from always the “environmental cleanliness” of the interior depends on the cost of the car. Proof of this is the fact that by no means the expensive MINI was the first in terms of cabin toxicity! Whereas the more common and affordable Honda Civic, on the contrary, was called the most harmless for the driver and passengers.
Summarizing all of the above, it remains to recognize that, indeed, the older the car, the less toxic its interior. To the question of many Chinese cars that is of interest to many, I must say the following: from year to year the interior of cars from the Middle Kingdom is becoming less and less toxic, but at the moment many of the new Chinese cars still remain quite dangerous for human health.
To minimize the negative impact of the smell of a new car, it is recommended that you stay in the car for no more than 1.5 hours a day in the first month of operation. Otherwise, you may get a runny nose, lung problems, or increase your risk of getting cancer! And these are not jokes!
Finally, a few words about the air freshener “The smell of a new car.” It is unlikely that you will find at least one similar freshener, where the composition of the product is written. Yes, maybe you will find something, but these terms will not tell you anything. It’s better not to indulge with such “fresheners”, but to place a bag of coffee or some kind of container in the car’s interior where you can add essential oils. It will be much better than synthetic fragrances..
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