THE CASE AGAINST CO

THIS REPORT GIVES EXAMPLES OF CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING IN VEHICLES & SUGGESTS MEASURES FOR PREVENTING FURTHER DEATHS. CO POISONING IN CARS ARISES FROM EXHAUST FUMES ENTERING CARS. THIS OFTEN OCCURS BY HAVING AN EXHAUST PIPE, WHICH IS TOO SHORT, WHEN THE FUMES PENETRATE THROUGH A RUST-EATEN HOLE ON THE UNDERSIDE OF A CAR. SEVERAL EXAMPLES ARE CITED OF DEATH, CAUSED BY FUMES INFILTRATING PARKED CARS, WHICH ARE LEFT WITH THEIR MOTORS RUNNING. IMPROVEMENTS IN EXISTING INSPECTION LAWS IN AMERICA ARE NEEDED. THE INCIDENCE OF CO POISONING COULD BE REDUCED BY USING BETTER TAILPIPE DESIGN AND TOUGHER RUST-RESISTANT MATERIALS IN THE EXHAUST SYSTEMS AND ADJACENT PARTS OF THE BODIES IN NEW CARS. IMPROVEMENTS IN VEHICLE DESIGN ARE NECESSARY TO REDUCE THE LIKELIHOOD OF FATAL DOSES OF CO REACHING THE OCCUPANTS. SIX SUGGESTIONS FOR HELPING TO PREVENT CO DEATHS ARE LISTED. THESE INCLUDE NOT RUNNING THE ENGINE OF A PARKED CAR, MAINTAINING A GOOD EXHAUST SYSTEM AND CHECKING FOR HOLES IN THE BODY OF A CAR.

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    Maxwell Printing Proprietary Limited

    862 Elizabeth Street
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  • Authors:
    • Baker, S P
  • Publication Date: 0

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  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 16-17
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00080900
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 6 1975 12:00AM