New Car Smell Will Become A Thing Of The Past As Regulations Tighten
Nothing beats the cesspool of smell that accompanies a brand new car – at least for most of us. In fact, this smell was so appealing that a company in the UK started selling New Car Water. I’m pretty sure I don’t need to explain how it smells.
However, this guilty pleasure could become a thing of the past due to stricter regulations all over the world. In an explanatory report by Coach, eight substances called volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted inside a car. These are acetaldehyde, acrolein, benzene, ethylbenzene, formaldehyde, styrene, toluene and xylene.
While many of us love this new car smell, some don’t. Allergic reactions such as eye irritation, dizziness, shortness of breath, fatigue and nausea, among others, are triggered in some people because of the smell. Worse yet, they don’t just go away easily as they evaporate and reabsorb as the sun rises and sets.
Autocar cites that car buyers in Asia have had the most reactions to the smell of VOCs. In 2005, more than half of the 800 new car owners surveyed by the South Korean Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport had symptoms of what was called “sick car syndrome”. For this reason, South Korea has regulated the use of VOCs – which also exists in Japan and Russia.
The same is true for China, which introduced a “directive for the assessment of air quality in passenger cars” in 2012. This has led car manufacturers, like Ford, to file a design patent for a process that completely eliminates interior odors from cars. In 2021, China’s voluntary guidelines will be mandatory in M1-class vehicles (passenger models up to eight seats) next year.
The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has been addressing the issue since November 2014, prompting the agency to update its guidelines on indoor air quality standards and testing. cars. This has not yet been adopted by any country, but will likely happen due to the damaging effects of VOCs.