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How Toxic Is Your Car?

Don't let that "new car smell" fool you. Your car might be an indoor air pollution trap.
The average American spends an hour and a half in a car every day, and may be at risk for long-term health problems from toxic chemicals inside the vehicle, a new report from the Ecology Center found.

The report, released this week, shows that most vehicles' seats, carpet, armrests, steering wheel, dashboard and other parts all give off potentially harmful chemicals, including bromine, chlorine and lead.

The Ecology Center tested more than 200 popular 2008- and 2009-model vehicles as well as over 60 child car seats.

Among the worst vehicles were the VW Beetle convertible, Lincoln Navigator SUV and Suzuki Forenza. Among the best were the Toyota Camry Solara, Chevy Cobalt and Honda Accord.

You can find out how safe your car is or learn more about toxicity in car seats by visiting healthycar.org.
Heather Gehlert is a managing editor at AlterNet.