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Pollutants inside Vehicles
"Regardless of its make or model, your vehicle could have a problem with mold. Since you can't always see it, though, you might not know you have a problem until you start to feel the effects."
"The problem goes way beyond a nuisance and in many cases causes such respiratory problems as sneezing, coughing, tightening of the chest and drowsiness...a single cell organism that grows in the dark and wet environment in your car's air-conditioning system."
"It can collect in the bottom of the housing or on the evaporator fins and become a perfect place to grow mould and mildew. This is the cause of a persistent musty smell."
"The air quality inside of cars is typically much worse. The Hidden Threat to Automobile Drivers"
Environmental Health Perspectives - Research article titled, "Don't Breathe and Drive." Article features all aspects of in-car air quality. Page 5 points out the recognized problem of mold by vehicle manufacturers Honda and Lexus.
Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology - Research paper verifying the presence of fungal colonization in automobile ventilation systems
Molds & Health Effects
"When airborne mold spores are present in large quantities, they can cause allergic reactions, asthma episodes, infections, and other respiratory problems. Continued exposure to mold may result in nasal or sinus congestion, eye, nose, or throat irritations, and adverse effects to the nervous system."
"All molds have the potential to cause health effects. Molds can produce allergens that can trigger allergic reactions or even asthma attacks in people allergic to mold. Others are known to produce potent toxins and/or irritants,â€ť according to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)."
"These toxins have irrefutably been shown to exhibit considerable cytotoxicity. When these substances come into contact with other cells â€“ whether of microorganisms or human, cell death will occur. Humans may end up as innocent bystanders in the moldâ€™s efforts to thrive."
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI)Â
American Indoor Air Quality Association
American Society for Microbiology (ASM)Â
Environmental Education Foundation (EEF)Â
Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA)Â
"People exposed to toxic air pollutants at sufficient concentrations and durations may have an increased chance of getting cancer or experiencing other serious health effects."
"Particle pollution - especially fine particles - contains microscopic solids or liquid droplets that are so small that they can get deep into the lungs and cause serious health problems."
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