The Danish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), has discovered that there is a lack of systematic investigation into levels of volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds (VOCs and SVOCs) in many new cars.
In a recent project, the EPA found that the interior in cars contain many synthetic materials, playing a big role in releasing the compounds.
The project found that Hyrdocarbons emit the greatest levels of volatile compounds. Potential health concerns from substances found in a cars interior includes:
- acrolein (eye and respiratory irritation, tissue damage caused by long-term exposure);
- benzene (carcinogenic);
- crotonaldehyde (eye and respiratory irritation);
- formaldehyde (carcinogenic, eye and respiratory irritation);
- naphthalene (carcinogenic, eye and respiratory irritation); and
- phenol (eye and respiratory irritation).
For more information, please visit chemicalwatch.com.
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