Most present-day, gasoline powered vehicles are fitted with a “three way” converter, named so because it converts the three main pollutants in automobile exhaust: carbon monoxide, unburned hydrocarbons, and oxides of nitrogen to produce carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and water.
What chemicals come out of a car exhaust?
Chemicals in car exhaust
- Carbon Monoxide.
- Nitrogen dioxide.
- Sulfur dioxide.
- Particulate matter.
- Polycyclic hydrocarbons. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services states that some Polycyclic hydrocarbons may be carcinogens in humans and animals and can cause harmful effects on skin and the auto-immune system.
What happens if you breathe in car exhaust?
Everyone is exposed to small amounts of carbon monoxide throughout the day. However, inhaling too much of it can cause CO poisoning. Inhaling these fumes causes CO to build up in your bloodstream, which can lead to severe tissue damage. CO poisoning is extremely serious and can be life threatening.
How dangerous is car exhaust?
The Dangers of Vehicle Exhaust. Working near exhaust fumes exposes you to poisonous carbon monoxide (CO) gas, which is present in large amounts in vehicle exhaust fumes. Overexposure to this odorless and colorless gas can cause death. Even mild exposure to CO can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea and fatigue.