Toxic Car Chemicals

Chemicals Phthalate and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) have been used in a variety of consumer products, and most recently consumer groups have found these chemicals in car interiors. Consumer groups worry that these chemicals are toxic and state that the "new car smell" is really a combination of toxic chemicals used in the car manufacturing process. It is alleged that these chemicals, often in the form of dust, can cause toxic damage with inhalation, ingestion or physical contact.

The Ecology Center recently issued a report on its analysis of Phthalates and PBDEs used in car interiors. The report shows that Mercedes, Chrysler, Toyota and Subaru have high levels of these chemicals while Ford and Volvo had the lowest industry usage.

Car Chemical Danger

Phthalates or phthalate esters (also known as DEHP, DIDP, DINP, DBP) are used to make plastic moldable and smooth. Some experts are very concerned about the known and unknown health risks of Phthalate exposure. In animal studies, phthalates have shown harm to liver, kidney, lung, and developing reproductive organs.

PBDE, a flame retardant substance, is commonly added to cloth fabrics and electronic equipment. There is growing evidence that this chemical may cause toxic damage to the liver, thyroid, and affect brain development. Some authorities believe that PBDEs are very similar to PCBs which were banned due to consumer health risks.

International use of Phthalates and PBDEs

The European Union is quickly banning all uses of PBDE. Sweden has already banned PBDE and Canada is still analyzing the risks.

The European Union has banned the use of several phthalates (DNIP, DIDP, DNOP, DEHP, BBP, DBP) in children's toys and in cosmetics due to developmental risks.

Car Chemicals in the News

The Ecology Center issues a report under their Clean Car Campaign warning consumers of the toxic chemicals used in car interiors. The group urges car manufacturers to limit or ban use of these materials and urges government officials to take regulatory action. (Jan-31-06) [CNN]

Register your Toxic Car Chemical Case

If you or a loved one has been exposed to toxic chemicals phthalates or PBDEs, you may qualify for damages or remedies that may be awarded in a possible class action lawsuit. Please fill out the form and we will have a lawyer review your complaint.

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