16 Feb '12, 8pm

Honda Civic, Toyota Prius Earn Least-Toxic Car Scores

Honda Civic, Toyota Prius Earn Least-Toxic Car Scores

That "new car smell" in vehicles carries more than just an appealing scent. It's evidence of off-gassing from chemicals in the dashboard and other parts. To sniff out which new vehicles have the most or least chemicals present, the Ecology Center tested 204 popular 2011 and 2012 model year vehicles. The Ecology Center looked for chemicals that off-gas from steering wheels, dashboards, seats and other interior components that drivers and passengers are commonly around and touch. In particular, it tested for bromine (found in brominated flame retardants), chlorine (evidence of PVC and plasticizers), lead and heavy metal, which have all been connected to various health issues like allergies, birth defects, learning disabilities and cancer. The best score went to the Honda Civic, which is free of bromine and PVC in interiors, and has low levels of heavy metals. It's followed b...

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