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Old 03-20-2007, 05:11 PM   #1
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Default Forester makes Top Ten list of... most toxic car interiors?



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Many are concerned with the amount of pollutants that a car is expelling from itís exhaust, and the harm it does to the environment. But strangely, there is not much focus on toxins inside the car, where it affects you directly the most.

The chart above shows results obtained with non-profit environmental group Ecology Center used a portable X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) device, which identifies the elemental composition of any material to look for known toxins such as chlorine, bromine, arsenic, mercury and others. The presence of these harmful chemicals were checked in the dashboard, steering wheel, carpet, armrests and other locations. You actually breathe in these toxins when you drive your car around, as they get released under heat over time.
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Old 03-20-2007, 05:40 PM   #2
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Nasty! I wonder why it would be different than the Impreza?
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Old 03-20-2007, 05:58 PM   #3
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are they testing the cars as new? it doesn't talk about testing methods or sample size.

if the cars are "new" then the answers will be skewed as the glues are still curing for a few weeks.

I'd take it all with a grain of salt because of their own unexplained inconsistencies between the volvo s40 and the v50.

:edit: reading info here - http://www.healthycar.org/about.download.php

still nothing on the sampling size or car selection method. redflag

the impreza scored a 2.7... much less than the forester.. its almost the same car.. aren't they built alongside each other in the same factory?

something smells fishy, and it aint the interior.

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Old 03-20-2007, 06:00 PM   #4
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but but..

thats the new car smell!!
I love that smell
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Old 03-20-2007, 06:01 PM   #5
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hmm.... i'm not sure if i care since the 08 b9 and imprezas are to debut in less than 4 weeks
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Old 03-20-2007, 06:21 PM   #6
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Cobalt is best? It kills me just to look at that cheap dash :-)
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Old 03-20-2007, 06:36 PM   #7
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Cobalt is best? It kills me just to look at that cheap dash :-)
Well, when your dash is made out of recycled rubbermaid garbage cans, there's not much to outgas.
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Old 03-20-2007, 06:53 PM   #8
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Is it because some of the foresters interior surfaces are dimpled?
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Old 03-20-2007, 07:21 PM   #9
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The lesbians are gonna be pissssssed.

I suspect the Yaris is way up there. It absolutely reeked the first few months I had it.
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Old 03-20-2007, 08:04 PM   #10
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Is there any evidence that these supposed toxins have actually harmed anyone?
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Old 03-20-2007, 09:33 PM   #11
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I inhale the smell of a new car. I think i am gonna die.
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Old 03-20-2007, 09:50 PM   #12
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The lesbians are gonna be pissssssed.

I suspect the Yaris is way up there. It absolutely reeked the first few months I had it.
You drive a Yaris.... I wouldn't gloat who drives the bitch car..


Don't take with a grain of salt.

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Old 03-20-2007, 09:54 PM   #13
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You drive a Yaris.... I wouldn't bloat who drives the bitch car..


Don't take with a grain of salt.
Bloat??! Yes, by all means, if you're bloated, please don't take another grain of salt.

I think you may mean gloat.
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Old 03-20-2007, 10:58 PM   #14
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I inhale the smell of a new car. I think i am gonna die.
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Old 03-21-2007, 12:47 AM   #15
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Wow a scale from 0 to 5 of "concern". Very scientific, no units of parts per billion, just "concern". As in, "I'm concerned about how much dihydrogen monoxide is in the environment."

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Detection of bromine in a vehicle component indicates the likely presence of a brominated flame retardant (BFR).
I'll choose the flame retardant, okay?
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Old 03-21-2007, 02:55 AM   #16
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mmMMMMmmmm...I loves me some new car smell!
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Old 03-21-2007, 10:16 AM   #17
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I just bought a new Forester XT Sports... and don't get me wrong I love the new car smell... But this car is choking the hell out of me.

I think they went a little glue-happy at the factory.
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Old 03-21-2007, 10:18 AM   #18
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Didn't they mention the toxics were high in the Impreza couple of years ago?

EDIT: It was more than just the Impreza...

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...ighlight=toxic
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Old 03-21-2007, 10:57 AM   #19
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since when is a pt cruiser an SUV?
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Old 03-21-2007, 12:28 PM   #20
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Nasty! I wonder why it would be different than the Impreza?
The interiors are different; different dashes, different door trims, etc. the plastics generally are a fair source of these chemicals, so different manufacturing lines for different pieces can be dramatically different, use different chemicals for pulling plastics from molds, different pigments, different density foams, etc. Not to mention time to delivery at the factory; if a part sits for a day or two longer before being installed, it will outgas a bit more before being in the constrained car environment.

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Old 03-21-2007, 01:12 PM   #21
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since when is a pt cruiser an SUV?
It has been since it came out. How do you think Chrysler meets CAFE requirements? There's a lot of their "justification" of how a Neon-derived boxy wagon "is a SUV" out there on the Internet, but there was a lot of "I call BS" when it came out.

Also, the BMW folks will remark that BMW does not make SUV's, they make SAV's.
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Old 03-21-2007, 03:39 PM   #22
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The interiors are different; different dashes, different door trims, etc.
Forester and Impreza dashes are identical.
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Forester and Impreza dashes are identical.
No they are not.
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Old 03-21-2007, 07:19 PM   #24
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Forester and Impreza dashes are identical.



Similar, but not identical.
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Old 03-21-2007, 07:26 PM   #25
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maybe that's why my 05 forester still smells brand new...
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