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Healthier, 'Greener' Cars Leave 'New Car Smell' in the Dust

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Healthier, 'Greener' Cars Leave 'New Car Smell' in the Dust 

 
Green_CarBy Erin Speiser Ihde
 
Many of us gauge a car’s “green” factor by its gas mileage, the percentage of the vehicle that can be recycled, or the efficiency of the company factory.  But what about that “new car smell”? 
 
Both what we smell and touch in a vehicle can affect our short- and long-term health, especially for children, whose smaller bodies absorb relatively more toxins than adults. Commuters, soccer moms, delivery personnel and others that spend long hours driving are also affected.
 
How do you know if a car is healthy?
 
A relatively new site, http://healthycar.org, features information on toxics in cars, including bromine, chlorine (which indicates the presence of phthalates and PVCs), lead and other heavy metals. With search features such as class of car and manufacturer, finding tailored information is simple.
 
Another helpful site is www.greenercars.org, which uses fuel economy, fuel costs, overall environmental impact and other criteria to rate vehicles. By combining information from these two sites with searches on traditional consumer sites such as Consumer Reports online, making a well-informed decision that is good for you and the planet is just clicks away.
 
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