Motor Vehicles as Indoor Environments

Adopted by the MIAQC Board of Directors on February 6, 2003


Indoor air quality is a health concern because it constitutes an enclosed environment in which pollutants can easily build up to harmful levels. While much attention is appropriately placed on the built environment, motor vehicles also constitute an enclosed environment warranting consideration. Examples of harmful indoor air pollution in motor vehicles include environmental tobacco smoke and engine exhaust. While the methods for achieving healthful air quality inside motor vehicles may differ from those regarding the built environment, the inclusion of motor vehicles within the Council’s purview is appropriate for the underlying public health reasons.