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NASA Explores New Car Smell

November 26, 2012

NASA Explores New Car Smell

Attention space travelers: That new space capsule may smell good, but that aroma isn’t good for you. NASA’s Goddard Laboratory is on the case:

“For some people, the best part about buying a new car is its factory-fresh new car smell, a distinctive aroma created when the chemicals and residual solvents used to manufacture dashboards, car seats, carpeting and other vehicle appointments that outgas and fill the cabin. While the scent may be alluring to some, many researchers believe exposure to these gases isn’t particularly healthy — so unhealthy, in fact, that some recommend that drivers keep their new cars ventilated while driving.

Outgassed solvents, epoxies, lubricants, and other materials aren’t especially wholesome for contamination-sensitive telescope mirrors, thermal-control units, high-voltage electronic boxes, cryogenic instruments, detectors and solar arrays, either. As a result, NASA engineers are always looking for new techniques to prevent these gases from adhering to instrument and spacecraft surfaces and potentially shortening their lives.


New Car Smell

June 15, 2009

New Car Smell

Automobiles are changing, but the 2010 models come equipped with many of the deluxe interior appointments to which we have grown accustomed: formaldehyde, naphthalene, phthalates, carbon disulfide, toluene, acetone, xylenes, 1,2,4-trimethylbenzene, polybrominated diphenyl ethers, ethylbenzene, ethylene glycol butyl ether, bromine, lead, and other heavy metals and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These are the components of “New Car Smell,” the treasured aroma of factory-fresh automobiles, a true American aphrodisiac.

The poisonous perfumes emanate from the adhesives, paints, vinyls and plastics inside your new car’s passenger compartment, from carpet to headliner and dashboard to rear deck, for up to six months. The fragrant fumes may cause nausea, dizziness, asthma, and allergic attacks. One reporter compares the danger to glue-sniffing.  At higher concentrations than found in car interiors, some of these chemicals are know to cause liver, nerve and kidney damage, birth defects, and cancer.