Skip to main content

Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Cars

Carbon monoxide poisoning can happen due to the accumulation of CO gas, an odorless and colorless toxic gas, in an enclosed space like a garage, cabin, or car. Popularly called the invisible killer, this deadly gas often goes undetected, causing those exposed to it not to realize its effects until it's too late. Victims of carbon monoxide poisoning can suffer severe brain damage or lose their lives.

Common signs of carbon monoxide poisoning include nausea, headache, dizziness, vomiting, loss of consciousness, shortness of breath and severe fatigue. Keep reading to learn how to prevent CO poisoning in cars.

car emitting toxic fumes from exhaust

How to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in Cars

The good news is that protecting yourself from CO poisoning is easy. Here are tips on how to keep yourself and your family safe:

Check the Exhaust System

Have your car’s exhaust system serviced yearly. Leaks in your exhaust system can cause accidental CO poisoning. When you book an appointment for a vehicle inspection at Custom Complete Automotive, we carry out an extensive examination of your vehicle's exhaust system.

Use a CO Detector

For extra precaution, consider installing a CO detector in your vehicle. These detectors sound an alarm when the CO gas reaches dangerous levels.

Be Careful Where You Run Your Car

As a rule, never run your vehicle in an enclosed area like a garage. Even with the garage doors open, the accumulation of CO in your car could be fatal.

Do Not Run Your Engine if It is Covered in Snow

Heavy snowfall can make you more prone to carbon monoxide poisoning. Never leave your engine running when clearing snow from your vehicle. Also, get rid of any accumulated snow around the exhaust pipe before starting your car. If you start your vehicle before clearing the tailpipe, it can take a minute for CO to reach fatal levels.

Prevent Car Carbon Monoxide Poisoning with Custom Complete Automotive

Never take safety lightly. Know the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning and how to take steps to ensure your safety. To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, have your exhaust system inspected, repaired, or replaced at Custom Complete Automotive. To learn more about our exhaust system services, or to schedule an appointment at one of our locations in Missouri, contact us today!

Share This Article

Find an Auto Repair Shop Near You

We have multiple auto repair shops throughout Missouri located in Columbia, Jefferson City, and St. Louis.

About the Author
Eric Riddles

Eric Riddles is an ASE Certified Master Automobile Technician who has been working as an auto mechanic since 1998 and originally joined the team at Custom Complete Automotive in 2005. Eric has numerous certifications in various aspects of car repair and spent 10 years training the next generation of auto technicians at a local high school Auto Shop classroom.

Read Eric Riddle's Full Bio

Related Posts

For UNBEATABLE prices, visit any Custom Complete Automotive today!
Follow on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Youtube Follow on Instagram Follow on LinkedIn
Request Appointment