"Research shows that vehicle interiors contain a unique cocktail of hundreds of toxic chemicals that off-gas in small, confined spaces," Jeff Gearhart, Research Director at the Ecology Center said in an interview with HealthyStuff.org. "Automobiles function as chemical reactors, creating one of the most hazardous environments we spend time in.” He notes that since these chemicals are not regulated, consumers have no way of knowing the dangers they face. "Our testing is intended to expose those dangers and encourage manufacturers to use safer alternatives," he said.
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Given the fact that, according to the Ecology Center information, the average person spends 1.5 hours in his car per day, and in some cases extreme air temperatures inside the car and on the dashboards can increase the concentration of Volatile Organic Compounds –or VOCs– which subsequently break down into even more toxic substances, the risk for exposure is high.