New car smell may be bad for health

February 16, 2012 1:49:13 PM PST
That new car smell so many people love may be affecting your health.

An environmental group has released the findings of its annual study on automotive toxic materials.

The Ecology Center tested more than 200 model year 2011 and 2012 cars and found that long-term exposure from chemicals emitted from things like the steering wheel, dashboard and seats has been linked to major health problems. They include allergies, birth defects and cancer.

The good news is the study finds more automakers are switching to safer materials.

The 2012 Honda Civic was rated the least toxic in the study while the 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport was rated the worst.