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2012 Chevrolet Sonic LTZ: No Worries

April 25, 2012

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If I were an alarmist -- which I'm not -- I could spend time worrying about whether the odor in our car was something more than just annoying. This infographic shows some of the chemicals used in the manufacturing of some car interiors (not the Sonic in particular). On the surface, it's a little disconcerting.

This article, however, discusses the controversy over the possible health risks of interior materials in more detail. Automakers including GM criticized the study that raised the issue. GM at the time said that it has a good reputation for health and safety leaderships and uses "a strategic selection process for materials based on a health and environmental assessment" that takes into account how materials will affect vehicle occupants as well as employees.

Do you worry about whether the materials used to create car interiors might pose a danger to your health?

Carroll Lachnit, Features Editor

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