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Am making my final lists to decide between a Sienna or Odyssey & one of the points I am considering is the healthycar.org reports on off gassing...mostly because I just can't decide between these 2 vehicles!<br><br>
How long do we think it takes for a new vehicle to be done off gassing? The report has Honda as the much less toxic vehicle but if we decided to buy used does it become a non-issue?<br><br>
Thoughts on this topic? Is it really an impt factor-especially if we aren't buying something brand new? (we are leaning toward certified used)
 

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Two thoughts:<br><br>
Odysseys have much better crash test ratings than Siennas.<br><br>
I am chemically sensitive (it's worse for carpet or varnish, but I do get uncomfortable from "new car smell") and from my very small sampling, new-used cars are NOTHING like new cars in terms of my sensitivity to them. They smell all cleanery in the beginning, but that clears much more quickly than the new car fumes.<br><br>
However, I was recently in a new Odyssey and a new Sedona and the Odyssey smelled stronger... not sure what that means.... Either I'm a completely unreliable indicator, or the Sedona had been around/opened longer, or ???<br><br>
I guess that was more like three thoughts. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Actually, the crash test ratings are very close between the Odyssey and Sienna. The Sienna is a very close second.<br><br>
I have a Sienna we bought used last spring.<br><br>
I'm very sensitive to smells and such, and it never bothered me. There never was a strong smell. I actually didn't even feel the need to let it "air out" that's how benign it was.<br><br>
If you buy used it's already off gassed, so no issues.<br><br>
I highly recommend the Sienna. LOVE LOVE LOVE it. That being said, due to the redesign, I'd buy a 2010 or older. I wouldn't get a 2011. So if you want a 2011 vehicle get an Odyssey.
 

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That's fair. Odyssey is better, but "much better" is an overstatement. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I'd say that it's really hard to know for sure and that you should base your decision on other factors.<br><br>
Off-gassing cannot be judged by smell, nor do older materials necessarily off-gas less. In the case of paints, dyes, adhesives, mattress materials, carpeting, furniture, etc (I haven't studied car components in particular but imagine that they are made of the same range of chemical compounds), off-gassing is not "done" when the smell is gone, nor is it necessarily weaker if the smell is not as strong from one product to another. Older materials continue to off-gas as a result of decomposition or the effects of fungal growths on the materials.<br><br>
You're probably safest with a used Honda but without advanced testing of one particular van compared to another, I think it's probably impossible to know for sure.
 
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