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Heat Stress From Enclosed Vehicles: Moderate Ambient Temperatures Cause Significant Temperature Rise in Enclosed Vehicles

Leaving the windows opened slightly does not significantly slow the heating process or decrease the maximum temperature attained...
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Car interior becomes an oven

You may be surprised to find out how high temperatures can soar within the interior of a car during a hot, sunny day...
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Breathe cleaner air inside a Volvo than outside

What is known as the ‘new car smell' is actually low levels of emissions from materials. The levels do not present a danger but on hot days, concentrations that irritate hypersensitive people may occur...
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Indoor Air Quality Hazards of New Cars

While the new car smell is a cultural icon and a source of pride when showing off a new car, results of recent studies indicate that levels of airborne chemicals in new car interiors are significantly higher than is recommended for today’s indoor environments. The danger does not totally go away as the new car smell fades and levels of these chemicals drop over time, but can increase when excessive heat builds up in locked cars during the summer months, causing the levels to rise again...
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In-Car Air Pollution - The Hidden Threat to Automobile Drivers

The reports show that the air inside of cars typically contains more carbon monoxide, benzene, toluene, fine particulate matter, and nitrogen oxides than ambient air at nearby monitoring stations used to calculate government air-quality statistics. In-car pollution is often even worse than pollution in the air at the side of the road...
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Honda Civic, Toyota Prius Lead on Indoor Air Quality

Car interiors are filled with a host of toxic chemicals that off-gas from parts such as the steering wheel, dashboard, armrests and seats. We experience these chemicals as that "new car smell" but they cause a variety of acute and long-term health issues. Since the average American spends more than 1.5 hours in the confined space of a car every day, toxic chemical exposure inside vehicles are a major source of indoor air pollution...
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Air Quality in Auto Cabin

Improving the air quality in the auto-cabin is important for the reduction of volatile organic compounds and it is an area that will advance in the future. In the author’s opinion, the improvement of the air quality in the auto-cabin will be developed from the viewpoints of passengers’ improved safety, health and recovery from fatigue...
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Car indoor air pollution - analysis of potential sources

The quality of the car indoor air may be improved by procedures such as window-opening or the correct use of fans or automated air conditioning systems...
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