Readers, I need your help!
A few years ago, I posted a very informational piece on the off-gassing present in one’s car, particularly during the summer when the sun and accompanying heat can cause indoor plastic components to off-gas, many of which contain a toxin we all know as formaldehyde. As part of my research, I included a study from 2012 on the least-toxic cars on the market.
The good news is that many manufacturers had noted they were phasing out some of those materials in favor of more Eco-friendly and healthy interior products. Because this site is health-related, have any of you had some of these health issues like this reader who recently reached out to me? Here is what she said:
“When I am in a hot car, my lungs react to the toxins and I find it difficult to breathe. I now take an inhaler during the summer to help my breathing. For years, doctors thought I was crazy that a hot car would be causing my breathing problems. In the last 4 years they finally believe me! This has been going on for years and I do several things before I get into the car to help.
We are in the market for a new lease car and are attempting to find a 2020 list of the least-toxic cars. Your list is from 2011/2012 and I can’t seem to find a more recent list anywhere online.”
She’s right! There’s no current list. I checked and honestly was surprised that the list had not been updated. I continued my search, but the 2012 list just kept coming up.
That being said, I’m reaching out to you, my readers, to see if you can help us here.
As noted, the reader, who I’ll name Sue, is in the market for a new car. I’m always looking to update previous posts too with the latest news, as I’ve done with yoga mats.
Summer isn’t that far away and some of you live in regions of the country where warming temperatures are right around the corner, so this is truly timely, especially if you’re in the market for a new car.
One of the things my husband and I have done is purchase/or lease “loaners” from car dealerships. It’s a much healthier option as the car has spent the first couple of years doing most of its “off-gassing” and you don’t have the new car smells/odors that accompany brand new cars. It’s also more economical than paying the new car price.
If you didn’t have a chance to read my previous post on, “Is your Car Making you Sick?” click here. Or, click the image:
Thank you for any and all of your feedback and I hope we can help our friend, Sue.
Actually, it’s a win/win for all of us!
Peace and Good Health,
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