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Is 'New Car Smell' Toxic?
When buying a new car, many people look forward to having that ‘new car smell.’ But a study says inhaling that scent could actually fill your body with toxic fumes. Researchers from the Ecology Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., tested dashboards, steering wheels, armrests and seats of more than 200 new cars – and found more than 275 chemicals. The center’s research found these chemicals included brominated flame retardants, which have been linked to thyroid cancer, learning and memory impairment and decreased fertility.