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Old 20th February 2021, 13:15   #16
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I think the concern is real. I plan on getting a couple of these or similar activated charcoal bags whenever I buy a new car next, and put them somewhere cool like under the seats.

In my experience two of these 500g bags are good for removing strong odours and VOCs from a 100 square feet room, so should definitely make a difference with a new car. Any air purifier with an activated charcoal filter should also help with removing VOCs.
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I've heard my friends say that when we park our cars directly under sunlight, the cabin temperature gets pretty high leading to release of harmful toxins inside. So as a rule I always pull down all 4 windows on start up, there's no harm in being a bit cautious :P
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Old 20th February 2021, 14:42   #18
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Basically we humans have polluted almost everything we touch / even breathe nowadays! I wonít be surprised if we bring upon the Stone Age era upon us soon. Nothings safe outside simply put! Heck, cars too now
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My car is parked in the basement but I always roll down the windows and switch on the option to pull outside air in the cabin for 5-10 mins whenever I take the car out.

Iíve tried 500gm charcoal bag but that doesnít seem to make any difference in removing odour. It is difficult to gauge the effectiveness of the charcoal bags as I also keep them at home but the experience will differ from individual to individual.
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For a car which is parked under direct sun, it's always better to just leave all of its four doors open for about 2 minutes before taking seat in the car. Not only does it bring down the cabin temperature instantly, it also helps in venting out any gasses which might have built up owing to high cabin temperatures.

An added benefit is that the air conditioner is able to cool up the cabin much faster thereby positively impacting the overall fuel efficiency.
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For a car which is parked under direct sun, it's always better to just leave all of its four doors open for about 2 minutes before taking seat in the car.
I turn on the fan mode only and keep windows down for 30 seconds or a minute depending upon situations and then roll up the windows and turn on the AC. Is that the correct way too?
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A very important post, thanks a lot wheelguy.

As I said in my introduction, I work in Car design industry. For a while I was heading a department in my company related to Chemicals in Cars. I realized from my juniors Chemical engineers about VOCs & its side effects on us. They are dangerous.

To avoid ill effects:
1) Try not to park your car under sunlight.
2) If parked, the plastic (Instrument panel, door panels, steering wheel) should be covered with a cloth (preferably white).
3) Before starting a journey, open all the Car windows, let the blower throw the bad air out at highest speed for at least 2 min. Also open the sunroof as we all know that hot air always goes up naturally. Sunroof really helps in this case.
(I personally feel that there should be a feature in every car that will operate this all by just one click/touch).
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I turn on the fan mode only and keep windows down for 30 seconds or a minute depending upon situations and then roll up the windows and turn on the AC. Is that the correct way too?
Yes it would! The idea is to let all the trapped hot air inside the cabin escape and let fresh air get circulated inside the cabin. This also helps the air conditioning cool down the cabin faster. Rolling down all the windows while driving at slow speeds would also do the job just right. However, in case one is driving on a road that witnesses heavy traffic or where the conditions are dusty, this might not work out to be the best option. The air conditioner may also be kept on fresh air mode initially for a few minutes as an additional aid.
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