New car smell: Why you shouldn’t love it

AP – You know that wonderful new car smell? Don’t inhale too deeply. An environmental group is out with its annual review of the stuff your car interior is made of, and it’s kind of gross. The inside of your car is mostly plastic held together with a various adhesives and sealers. Then you got your paint, carpeting, leather and vinyl treatments. All that stuff, when the car is first manufactured, is unstable, and they release organic compounds into the air afterward. Read article

Editorial Note: The term organic in this context refers to the chemistry of the compound i.e. carbon-containing, as opposed to inorganic compounds, which contain no carbon. Chemically organic compounds include hydrocarbons e.g. petrol products which are definitely toxic to some degree. Many plastics are petroleum-based.