The ’new car smell’, which is actually a mix of volatile organic chemicals and heavy metals in the car, was probably the cause of motorist Martin Erzinger losing consciousness at the wheel.
While he took his new Mercedes Benz for a spin, he hit cyclist Dr Steven Milo. Lawyers for Erzinger say their client fell asleep at the wheel before driving off the highway and hitting Milo from behind.
Sounds a bit fishy? Well, forensics believe that volatile organic chemicals emitted from the vehicle, as a result of it being a new car, could be the culprit.
’Harmful and noxious gases emitted from the upholstery can infiltrate the driver's compartment and potentially alter the driver,’ forensic specialist Koziol wrote. He also said that the car was performing properly, so mechanical malfunctions could not be blamed.
But why didn’t Erzinger stop after the collision?
It could be that he didn’t notice at all. ‘There was no variation from that path,’ Tegtmeier said. ‘There was no evidence of braking and the driver was unaware he had struck anyone.’
Could the ‘new car smell’ seriously be a danger to motorists? We’d like to know your thoughts.