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Toxic At Any Speed: Chemicals in Cars and the Need for Safe Alternatives

If you are concerned about toxic chemicals in your car or think that your car is making you sick, you can participate in our

CHEMICALS IN CAR SURVEY or CONTACT AUTOMAKERS DIRECTLY

Seat cushions, arm rests, floor coverings and plastic parts used in most car interiors are made with toxic chemicals known to pose major public health risks. PBDEs, used as fire retardants, and phthalates, used to soften PVC plastics, have been linked to birth defects, impaired learning, liver toxicity, premature births, and early puberty in laboratory animals, among other serious health problems.

Dust Cover

A first-of-its-kind report by the Ecology Center — Toxic at Any Speed: Chemicals in Cars and the Need for Safe Alternatives — found significantly higher levels of PBDEs in vehicle dust and windshield wipe samples than those found in homes and offices in previous studies. Since the average American spends more than one and a half hours in their cars every day, this is a significant source of indoor air pollution. The study ranks car manufacturers according to the levels of toxic chemicals found inside the vehicles.

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RESOURCES

Report and Fact Sheets
News Stories
Auto Company Chemicals Policies
Corporate Commitments to Phase-Out PVC and PBDEs
Legislative Information
Related Reports – Phthalates
Related Reports – PBDEs
Deca Alternatives
Other Toxins Inside Vehicles

Report and Fact Sheets

Dust Ranking

Links to Related News Stories

Auto Company Chemicals Policies

Corporate Commitments to Phase-Out PVC and PBDEs

Legislative Information

Links to Enacted PBDE State Legislation

Links to Phthalate Legislation

Related Reports – Phthalates

Related Reports – PBDEs

Deca Alternatives

Other Toxins Inside Vehicles

If you have questions or comments please contact:
Jeff Gearhart 734-663-2400 ext 117
Charles Griffith 734-663-2400 ext 116