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Do you know the Top 5 germiest places in a vehicle?

February 09, 2011
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Recently, Dr. Charles P. Gerba and Sheri L. Maxwell set out to test the presence of bacteria and mold in vehicles. It was quite possibly the most scientific test ever done on an automobile interior. There were 100 vehicles involved in the test in the states of Illinois, Arizona, Florida, California and Washington, D.C., to provide a good cross-section of climatic conditions across the country. The following lists some of the results of their testings.

Germiest parts of the car:
  1. Radio knob
  2. Seat belt
  3. Window opener
  4. Steering wheel
  5. Car seat
      Spots with most S. aureus:
      1. Steering wheel
      2. Seat belt
      3. Cup holder
      4. Dash board
      5. Window opener
      Moldiest spots
      1. Cup holder
      2. Food spills
      3. Change holder
      4. Dash board
      5. Steering wheel
      Cities with the most bacteria in vehicles
      (from a select sample):
      1. Tucson, AZ
      2. Oakland/Pleasanton, CA
      3. Chicago
      4. Washington, D.C.
      5. Tampa, FL

      For more on this topic, and to find out the rest of the test results, click here.