Could New Car Smell Be Toxic?

November 17, 2008
By: LemonLaw

At 1-800 LEMON LAW, we have heard of folks suffering with headaches after driving around in their new vehicle, and we never understood what they were talking about….until now.  It appears that the new car smell we are all so fond of could actually make us sick. is reporting that this scent could be made up of a variety of poisons, including arsenic and formaldehyde.  With American automakers suffering in an economic slump, this pollution is not getting much play.  On the other side of the world however, European and Japanese automakers are well aware of this problem and are working hard to combat it.

So, which cars tend to be most problematic?  According to the Ecology Center’s HealthyCar.Org study which they put out each year, the most toxic avengers are:

  • Suzuki Forenza
  • Suzuki Reno
  • Lincoln Mark LT
  • Mitsubishi Eclipse
  • BMW 128i
While the least poisonous are:
  • Porsche 911
  • Honda Accord
  • Dodge Caliber
  • Saturn Astra XR
  • Dodge Charger
  • BMW M5
  • Toyota Tacoma
  • Acura RDX
(Rankings and the website are no longer available)

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