A new survey by the Care Now charity has found that one in four cars are “potentially hazardous” to urinating, with the most dangerous being the Honda Civic, Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima.
While many of the cars on the list have the most aggressive safety features, the majority are not even equipped with a defibrillator.
A car wash for example, which is a safe option but requires people to stand for 30 seconds to wash their hands, is not even a safe alternative.
“There’s no shame in washing cars, but it’s not a good idea to wash cars that are potentially dangerous,” said Stephanie Burt, Care Now’s senior policy advisor.
“In fact, it’s probably not the best idea.
You’re not washing a vehicle that is likely to cause serious injury.”
Among the worst offenders: the Honda Fit, Ford Escape, Lexus RX and Mazda RX-7.
The survey found that the Civic is one of the worst vehicles for peeing in, with 32 per cent of respondents saying it is a potentially dangerous environment.
It is the only vehicle on the Care now list to not have a defibration system.
“Honda cars are notorious for their propensity to cause injury when they come in contact with people,” said Burt.
“People are not washing cars at the very least because they’re afraid to.
You want to make sure your customer is comfortable with the vehicle.”
According to the CareNow survey, most people do not consider themselves safe when it comes to washing cars.
Almost half said they would not wash a car if it had an engine that needed to be changed.
Of the 1,200 respondents, more than two-thirds said they never wash their cars.
“It’s important that you treat your car with respect,” said the Carenow spokesperson.
“If you do wash a vehicle, remember to wash it with care, and do it quickly, as it is an extremely dangerous environment to have people standing in.”
One in five respondents said they wouldn’t even consider washing a car that has a deferratory system.
The most common reason was because it’s too large for a person to stand in.
A small amount of people, including some people with disabilities, also didn’t think washing a deferred-service vehicle was safe.
“A lot of people don’t wash deferratories because they fear it’s going to be damaged,” said Care Now executive director Karen MacKenzie.
“But people need to understand that deferrals are incredibly important to their lives, so they need to wash the car at least once.”
The survey also found that most people are concerned about the impact of cleaning cars with chemicals on the environment.
One in three people said they were concerned that washing cars with heavy metals, such as lead and cadmium, would damage the environment, which was higher than the average level of concern for any other pollutant.
“I would like to think that the car wash industry has learned something from this,” said MacKenzies.
“They’re aware that they have a problem.
They have a responsibility.
They should be making better choices.
The results showed that 57 per cent said they’d be OK with a hydrogen fuel cell, compared to just 22 per cent who would not. “
The Cleaning the World survey asked the public to think about what chemicals they’d want to wash a hydrogen-powered vehicle with.
The results showed that 57 per cent said they’d be OK with a hydrogen fuel cell, compared to just 22 per cent who would not.
That means the majority of respondents said the hydrogen fuel cells in their cars were safe.”
A few other questions in the survey asked what other ways they think cleaning cars is better than washing them.
For example, two-in-three people said the best way to wash someone’s car was by using a bucket or a bucket of ice.
That compares to just two per cent saying the best cleaning method was by hand.
The Care Now survey also asked the survey respondents what they think of the number of new cars that the industry is adding to its fleet every year.
Of those who responded, 78 per cent thought the number is increasing at a healthy rate.
“This is a positive development,” said Kim Davis, vice president of communications and marketing for Honda.
“We’re working hard to find new solutions to ensure that we continue to meet our customers’ needs.”
In response to questions on what they would do differently to help ensure the safety of their customers, Honda said it is working to create a more integrated fleet management system for its hydrogen fuel vehicles, including the creation of a more transparent system for owners to report potential safety issues.
“Our hydrogen fuel cars and vehicles that use compressed natural gas are safer, greener and more fuel efficient than those that use gasoline,” said Davis.
“At Honda, we want our customers to be satisfied with their Honda vehicles and to understand the full range of Honda fuel.”
Honda says the company has been working on this system