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New car smell linked to cancer

Posted by Bruce Kahl on August 09, 2004

In Reply to: Smell new forever ! posted by platypus on August 09, 2004

: : : "New Car Smell" is just that. The smell of a newly manufactured automobile (esp) gives off the odor of newly made cushions, interior cloth and leathers, metals painted and the smell of a new engine (s opposed to an older engine smell.).
: : : Although no one who has been an owner of, or a passenger within a new car, would never identify "New Car Smell" as being anything outstanding, the very pride of ownership adds much pleasure in it s combined mixtures, or , :newness"

: : : A first-time owner of a reasonably decent car identifies that new-car-smell as anything that was prevalent to its existence - say, buttered popcorn...anything but tobacco smoke, unless you're a smoker.

: : But of course it's the same all over, and it's a very exciting thing, is the 'new car smell'. Shame you can't bottle it really.

: : BUT - just how exciting that new car smell is, can vary from car to car. eg. the smell of a brand new Ford Laser (dunno if you have them in other countries), can hardly compare with the 'new car smell' emitted from a leather seated Jag.

: : You be careful Ward... You could get too excited by that new car smell.

: But wait,you can have your cake and eat it too!
: It may not come in a bottle, but you can buy it impregnated into a miniture-cardboard-pine-tree.


: Incidently, that "new Car" smell has more to do with the epoxies and resins used to stick everything together than with the car parts.

"Researchers in Australia say the smell of new cars can be toxic and can even cause cancer.
A two-year study by an Australian government research organisation found gases from vinyl and plastic materials in new cars cause headaches, nausea and drowsiness.

Danger odours:
Benzene - carcinogen
Acetone - irritant
Ethylbenzene - toxin
Xylene isomers - foetal toxin
The chemicals involved include benzene - a known cancer-causing agent - which was found in one case at five times the recommended exposure limit.

The study by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) found emissions can take just a few minutes to take effect and may be responsible for many accidents."