Everyone loves a new car and that "new-car smell." Companies have even come up with air fresheners that reproduce the favored scent. Unfortunately, many consumers are unaware of the dangers that create the new-car smell in their brand new automobiles. These dangers are bromine, (brominated flame retardants or BFR's) PVCs along with plasticizers and many other volatile organic compounds / toxins which are being off-gassed from steering wheels, seats, dashboards etc.
Studies have shown that long term exposure to these chemicals has been linked to cancer, birth defects and allergies. Since most people spend an average of 1.5 hrs or more in their car a day, this is concerning. Automobile companies are aware of these concerning studies and some are eliminating PVCs and BRFs.
For more information please read Dangers lurk behind that 'new-car smell' - while there you will also find a link to the 10 best and worst cars.