Studies show that indoor air pollution can be more fatal than what people breathe in outside their vehicles. In fact, these studies show that heat and ultraviolet (UV) light may trigger the release of some harmful chemicals inside cars, some of which are linked to birth defects, impaired learning, liver toxicity, and premature births among other serious health risks. Such chemicals are found in the car’s seat cushions, armrests, floor coverings, and other plastic parts, which are then easily inhaled through contact with dust by anyone inside the vehicle.
Fortunately, there are a number of ways to prevent or lessen the risks. People can roll down their car windows while being stuck in traffic. Not only will this lessen the temperature inside the car on a blazing, summer’s day, but it will also promote enough ventilation as well as promote proper circulation of air. Parking under shady areas and using sun visors and reflectors can also prevent the triggering of these harmful chemicals.
Moreover, governments are calling on car manufacturers to use alternative materials for car furnishings. Since a car is considered a chemical reactor even before turning on the ignition, using safer and friendlier materials will greatly help keep people healthy even when inside them.