Dangerous gas in car air conditioners is causing lung cancer and Alzheimer's disease-Fiction!
Dangerous Gas in Car Air Conditioners is Causing Lung Cancer and Alzheimer's Disease-Fiction!Summary of eRumor: This email says that air conditioners in 1985 to 1998 cars are dangerously toxic and are spewing a gas that is the leading cause of Alzheimer's disease and lung cancer. The Truth: This story is filled with fiction and inaccuracies from top to bottom. The writer claims to be a researcher for "The American Motor Vehicle Safety Organization." TruthOrFiction.com cannot find any such group. It claims that all air conditioners for all cars were ordered from a corporation called Akson Technologies Initiative. TruthOrFiction.com cannot find any such organization. Also, there is no single company that has made all air conditioners for all cars. The email claims that a flaw in the design of the air conditioners allowed carbon monoxide to leak into the guts of the air conditioning system and mix with freon gas to produce a toxic substance called Dichlorodifluorocarbonmonoxide." An air conditioner expert tells TruthOrFiction.com that In auto air conditioners, the freon gas is inside a sealed system and cannot mix with carbon monoxide. Similarly, if the system with the freon inside is properly sealed, there would not be any toxic gas leaking anyway. Additionally, there is no such substance as "Dichlorodifluorocarbonmonoxide." It's a fabricated word. Anyone familiar with health risks of this alleged magnitude knows that the determination of whether there was any danger or correlation with lung cancer or Alzheimer's disease would not be made by an auto company. It would be researched by health professionals and any findings of the significance alleged in this email would be front page news, not revealed by a poorly contrived email. update 06/07/08
A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:
DEAR AUTOMOBILE USER:
I am a researcher with the American Motor Vehicle Safety Organization (AMVSO).
Over the past eight years, we have received a multitude calls from people inquiring about certain affects that overcome them while driving with the air conditioner running. These affects included extreme drowsiness, memory loss, and not being able to concentrate on driving. At first, these seemed like something that would happen infrequently, but then we started receiving hundreds of calls about this same thing. We decided to find out what the problem was and our results are horrifying!
You might be asking, “Ok, what did you find?”
Well back in the 1980’s a global corporation, Akson Technologies Initiative (ATI), designed and made certain parts for cars, and all the car manufacturers would buy these parts from them. Well, this company was suffering from internal corruption which eventually drove the company bankrupt in 1994, resulting in all of its designs and parts up for grabs. ATI being a respected company, automobile industry quickly bought up all the designs. This company had a flawless reputation so everyone wanted them. Little did anyone know that the company’s air conditioner design was severely flawed. No one looked into this because of the company’s reputation, and no one would have ever though to. Our investigators discovered that the air conditioning system in cars made from 1985 until 1998 has dangerous, if not deadly, flaws in it.
ALL MODELS OF CARS HAVE THIS DEFECT! This is due to the fact that all of the auto companies bought their parts from ATI and still use their design. After rigorous research and testing, we have discovered that the exhaust in these cars will leak into the A/C unit and mix with the Freon inside. When these two compounds mix together, they create a toxic gas called Dichlorodifluorocarbonmonoxide (The short name for this is Cl2F2CO). This gas has more affects than the people who called us could ever realize! It may be the NUMBER ONE cause of Alzhiemer’s disease and lung cancer!!! As well as the ones above, symptoms of inhaling this gas are short term memory loss, possible long term memory loss, difficulty waking in the morning, coughing, bloodshot eyes, irritability, depression, and many others which would be too extensive to list (For a full listing, go to our website). Out of the 5000 volunteers who we asked to test, 3571 had developed lung cancer, 420 had developed premature Alzheimer’s disease, 567 had developed both, and the remaining 589 suffered from partial memory loss. All 5000 also reported recurring pneumonia.
THIS INDEED A DEADLY PHENOMENON!!! The more you drive your car, the more you are at risk. Cars with over 100,000 miles on them are very dangerous. You may sometimes notice a white gas resembling water vapor blowing out of the air vents in your car. This is the gas in its more concentrated form. DO NOT KEEP DRIVING!!! Stop the car for about five minutes to give the system time to expel the concentrated gas. Even if you do not use the air conditioning, the gas can still leak into your car. As stated before, it was poorly designed.
Ladies and Gentlemen, this is serious stuff. Have you noticed the dramatic increase in Alzheimer’s disease and lung cancer since 1985? We have. Send this message to all your friends and family and let them know BEFORE they step into their cars again.