Air freshener gases causes car to explode

Air freshener gases causes car to explode
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(NaturalHealth365) Gases from a car air freshener recently caused a car to explode in the UK. The automobile, a Ford Focus hatchback, was parked in a B&Q car park in Essex at the time. This unexpected explosion reportedly blew off the doors and roof of the car, injuring one person.

While the person’s injuries were said to be minor, this incident is nonetheless shocking – to say the least. Apparently, the explosion occurred after a buildup of gases from the air freshener was ignited within the enclosed car when a cigarette was lit, according to the Essex Fire and Rescue Service.

Is the scent of air freshener worth exposure to dangerous, toxic chemicals?

A bystander and witness to the event reported hearing a “very loud bang” and then saw the doors, roof and windshield of the car explode outward.

Sadly, many Americans tend to use air fresheners in their homes and cars. Their scent is believed to ‘freshens the atmosphere’ or, as some others may feel – ‘create a more pleasant environment.’ However, in addition to apparently being a potential explosion risk in small, enclosed spaces, they are also known to emanate harmful chemicals called phthalates.

Phthalates are toxic chemicals that have been linked with hormonal abnormalities, reproductive problems and birth defects. The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has conducted independent testing on 14 different kinds of common air fresheners.

None of the 14 types listed phthalates within their ingredient list; however, 12 of the 14 (86 percent) were found to contain phthalates. Some of the products containing phthalates are advertised as “unscented” and “all-natural.”

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Phthalates in consumer products disturbingly common

Until the issue of exactly what ingredients and chemicals air fresheners contain is addressed, consumers should be aware of these risks. While vehicle explosions caused by air fresheners are not common, inhaling potentially harmful toxic chemicals could be more problematic and affect many uninformed people. Pregnant women, in particular, should avoid inhaling the scent of air fresheners to minimize the risk of phthalate exposure.

Phthalates are found in an alarming number of personal care products and consumer products as well. They are in nail polish, perfumes and even some soft plastic children’s toys.

As these chemicals are released, they can be inhaled, ingested or absorbed through the skin.

Of course, once these toxins are in the bloodstream, they have an impact on hormone levels that can lead to a wide range of health problems. In addition to disrupting the female reproductive system and developing fetuses, they also interfere with testosterone and sperm production in men.

Ask the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to ban phthalate use

Air fresheners are never a substitute for proper ventilation and fresh air. While they may smell pleasant, never forget that these products are loaded with toxic chemicals that promote disease symptoms.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that Americans are routinely exposed to five or more different phthalates on a regular basis, and some of them could be in these (innocent-looking) air freshener.

Anyone who is alarmed by this should call on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission to ban phthalates in all consumer products and hold manufacturers accountable for the ingredients they use.

Sources for this article include:

BBC.com
NRDC.org
DrSteinemann.com
DrSteinemann.com
CVSkinLabs.com


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Jane Freeman
Jane Freeman
3 years ago

When I visit some of my friends I can smell the scents, which permeate the house. I don’t react well to it as it sometimes causes anything from a stuffed nose to a cough. Many times I have to leave earlier then I would like.

Rosa Garbo
Rosa Garbo
Reply to  Jane Freeman
3 years ago

i can’t stand to be near anyone wearing a fragrance. I get a stuffed nose and tearing eyes. There must be something chemical in it that causes this reaction. I can be near flowers and beautiful outdoor flower gardens without a problem.

Barbara Wexler
Barbara Wexler
3 years ago

These products are downright dangerous. They aren’t a solution. In fact we need a solution to get most of this stuff off the market.

Robert Walker
Robert Walker
3 years ago

Is it worth knowing everything smells good with the thought that these chemicals can cause permanent harm. Comment sense tells you there is no peace of mind using these air fresheners.

Werner Walther
Werner Walther
3 years ago

We recently bought a washer/dryer made by the brand “LG”. The odour of the dryer is TERRIBLE – might be worth an analysis!!!! We brought it, as the shop refused to take it back, directly to the scrapyard. 700 Euros lost, but better than breathing these chemicals!

Peg Kason
Peg Kason
3 years ago

These air freshers come in colorful packages with friendly smiling characters on the packaging. This is what populates the racks holding them. Refreshing package designs hide the true nature and harmful ingredients. They are designed to fit anywhere including gym lockers. The graphics and designs are what they hide behind.

GoldenAutumn
GoldenAutumn
3 years ago

The author of the article above as I understood it, took what you pointed out as the cause of the explosion — an aerosol air freshener — and used that as a catapult to report on the truth about air fresheners. Unfortunately, the picture of the tree freshener gives an impression that the hanging tree piece was the cause of the explosion. That could have been better chosen but basically, what the author said is true — air fresheners are very toxic no matter how hey come packaged. Thanks for pointing this out.

Nelson
Nelson
3 years ago

I really don’t care what they call it. The chemical industry is producing and selling poison. The story to me is just that.