Some studies have shown these chemicals to be toxic, especially when it’s hot outside. The most common symptoms reported are headaches, nausea, and distortion. One thing you can do to reduce your health risk (especially on hot days) is to roll down the windows. This releases the compounds from inside of your car and into the air. This isn’t all that good for the air, but that’s a topic for another post.
As unique as the new car smell is, some car manufacturers are looking at ways to eliminate it. Not due to the smell itself, rather, in an effort to reduce the use of chemicals, in general. Soy-based seat cushions are an example of this.
- In some cultures like China, the new car smell is not considered desirable.
- The new car smell usually decreases by about 20 percent per week.
- The new car smell air freshener you can buy isn’t the real thing bottled up, which is probably a good thing.