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Is The Inside of My Car's Air Really Polluted?

In this day and age, we spend a lot of time in our vehicles. Whether it is going to and from work, picking children up at school or chauffeuring them to their activities, people are in their cars for a fair amount of time daily. The quality of air inside of the car is no better and sometimes worse than that of the air outside.

Fire Retardants and Softeners

The interior fabric and carpeting of newer vehicles are usually treated with a fire retardant material as well as a chemical to soften plastics. When the heat and the sun’s ultraviolet rays hit the vehicle, chemicals are released into the air. These polybrominated diphenyl ethers, bromides and phthalates can cause nausea, vomiting, headaches and dizziness. Driving a car with these problems is never a good thing.

Leaking Fuel Tanks

Because of the incredibly inflated price of gasoline, people are now paying more attention when their fuel tanks begin leaking. They are worried about the amount of money in their pocketbooks but not as concerned about the health hazards. Gas fumes can harm the people inside of the vehicle, introduce fuel into the environment as well as cause a fire which could kill people and damage property.

Breathing gas vapors is bad enough when you are filling your car’s tanks but sitting in a car with gas fumes is really hazardous. The vapors from breathing gasoline can cause headaches, nausea, vomiting and dizziness. If exposed for prolonged periods of time, you can become disoriented and eventually lose consciousness. This can occur much quicker in children and infants and can result in death. Leaking fuel tanks can also harm our environment.

Exhaust Leak Fumes

Leaking exhaust fumes are very dangerous to your health and the health of those traveling inside of your vehicle. We have all heard news reports of people committing suicide because they parked their car in the garage, closed the door, left the car running and stayed in the garage. Exhaust leaks will essentially kill you and your family in the same way. Carbon monoxide leaking into the vehicle will cause headaches, dizziness, sleepiness and eventually death. Exhaust leaks must be repaired immediately to ensure your safety and the safety of your passengers as well as others on the roads.

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