Be Wary of Email Chains Containing False Information About Cars in Atlanta

The Southtowne General Motors Superstore has received emails in the past that that appear to be legit, but in the past month, I’ve received two containing information that was purely false. Since I’ve heard of several others receiving the same email Atlanta cars, I thought I’d share the truth behind these claims with you.

The first email I received was warning of high levels of benzene in our vehicles.  Here’s a little snippet from the email:

Open the windows after you enter your car and then turn ON the AC after a couple of minutes. Here’s why: According to research, the car dashboard, seats and air freshener emit Benzene, a Cancer causing toxin (carcinogen – take time to observe the smell of heated plastic in your car)..

In addition to causing cancer, Benzene poisons your bones, causes anemia and reduces white blood cells. Prolonged exposure will cause Leukemia, increasing the risk of cancer. Can also cause miscarriage.

People who get into the car, keeping windows closed will inevitably inhale, in quick succession, excessive amounts of the toxin. Benzene is a toxin that affects your kidney and liver.. What’s worse, it is extremely difficult for your body to expel this toxic stuff.

The minute I received this email, I decided to do a little research and came across an article from none other than the American Cancer Society itself. Though the association agrees that benzene is linked to leukemia, there has been little research conducted on whether or not your car interior releases dangerous amounts of it. Furthermore, the research that has been conducted doesn’t support a single claim from the email.

The second email I received warned that using cell phones while pumping gasoline into our  Chevrolets and other automobiles can cause a fire! Though there is a little more merit to this email chain than the first, the overall message is wrong. According to the email, answering a cell phone while filling up your car can cause an electrical spark from the phone igniting a fire or causing an explosion.

Both the FCC and PEI (Petroleum Equipment Institute), however, both say that cell phones are not responsible for fires at gas stations. PEI has even addressed this particular email chain and state that they have been unable to document any incidents that were sparked by a cellular telephone. In fact, many researchers have tried to ignite fuel vapors with a cell phone and failed.

So Atlanta car owners, be sure to ignore either of these emails if you receive them. In fact, you should forward this blog to as many people as possible and maybe we can make a little dent in chain. If you receive any other email chains warning of anything automotive related, be sure to check in with the Southtowne General Motors Superstore before you freak yourself out. We’re always happy to put an end to erroneous auto information.

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