It seems that increasing media attention is focussing on the exposure hazards of particulate matter inside vehicle cabins (Geiss et al., 2010) and most recently with respect to Volkswagen. Diesel particulate matter liberation or accumulation inside the vehicle cabin is of concern from an occupational and public health perspective (Mirowsky et al., 2015). This problem is linked to traffic related air pollution.
Such particulates (PM2.5 and PM10) are known to be carcinogenic and the literature shows that road traffic plus ambient pollution is the major source of harmful particles (Kumar, 2015). The problem is that some vehicles appear to deliver a burst of particulates into the cabin interior during start up.
We have been asked by scores of private individuals throughout Victoria to test their cars over the last 5-years. Interestingly, we have also been approached and have conducted multiple tests of in-cabin air quality for many well known car brands. In response to the recent exposure of the Volkswagen diesel scandal, we are flagging that we can accurately assess your car in-cabin levels of PM2.5 and PM10 particulates.
If you want to know about the exact levels of particulate matter hazards inside your car (engine on and engine off conditions), then call us for an inspection and written report today. Full in-vehicle air quality and diesel particulate matter or other bio/aero-allergen inspections including written report showing all data.
In cabin air quality testing for particulate matter
Mirowsky, J.E., Peltier, R.E., Lippmann, M., Thurston, G., Chen, L-C., Neas, L., Diaz-Sanchez, D., Laumbach, R., Carter, J.D. and Gordon, T. (2015). Repeated measures of inflammation, blood pressure, and heart rate variability associated with traffic exposures in healthy adults. Environmental Health. 14: 66. http://www.ehjournal.net/content/14/1/66