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Pollutants from outside

Pollutants Entering Your Car

Pollutants are released into the environment all over the world. Vehicle emissions are the largest culprit. These pollutants regularly enter the passenger compartment through open windows and fresh air intakes especially in high traffic and industrial areas. Cabin Air Filters are the best defense, working as barriers capturing these harmful pollutants before they make their way into the in-car environment.

Particles:
They contribute to haze in the air. These can reach the deepest regions of the lungs and cause asthma, breathing difficulties or bronchitis. Fine particulate matters associated with diesel exhaust are a highly hazardous air toxic and is linked to lung cancer.

Hydrocarbons:
These emissions result from incomplete fuel combustion and fuel evaporation and are key components of smog.

Nitrogen oxides:
These are formed when fuel is burned at high temperatures, such as in vehicle engines. They can create smog or particulate matters. They can also travel long distances, causing health problems in areas far away from the original emission.

Carbon monoxide:
About 95% of carbon monoxide originates from vehicle emissions. It reduces oxygen delivery to the body’s organs and tissues.

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs):
VOCs are commonly used in products such as air fresheners, car cleaning and grooming aids. These products can release organic compounds while they are being used and even when they are stored.

Others: Studies are showing new car cabins typically have high levels of toxins such as benzene, acetone and formaldehyde.

Resources

“The air quality inside of cars is typically much worse. The Hidden Threat to Automobile Drivers”
http://www.icta.org/doc/In-car%20pollution%20report.pdf
Environmental Health Perspectives 
A research article titled, “Don’t Breathe and Drive.” The article features all aspects of in-car air quality. Page 5 points out the recognized problem of mold by vehicle manufacturers Honda and Lexus.

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