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A Toxic Smell
on February 21, 2013
I am a surfer, paddleboarder, sailor, and sea kayak guide so I and neoprene are well acquainted.
Like almost all of the other similar universal neoprene covers with adjustable straps sold on amazon or elsewhere these are made by a sompany called SPG and are made in China.
These neoprene covers have a very strong chemical smell to them. It smells like a cross between burning rubber and olive juice. Neoprene does not and should not smell like this.
I soaked these in a tub of hot water with soap three times for hours hoping that the smell would be temporary as strong smells (off gassing) sometimes are with new products.
After their final soak and dry they still smell. It is a very strong chemical smell and not something that I would want in a small enclosed space, like a car, with me.
I suppose after a long period of use the smell might improve but the fact that the smell did not lessen after the soakings I gave these tells me that whatever toxic smelling chemical is making the smell is something that the items are made with and not just a temporary coating or by product of the manufacturing process that can be washed off.
I have been looking for a universal sized neoprene car seat with straps vs the pull over type because I know that you can adjust the strap types so that they can fit better.
The reason i was looking for the universal sized covers is because they are so much cheaper than custom cut covers and these are for an older car. I do not know how much longer the car will last and if I had universal covers at least I could continue to use them in another vehicle.
I have been disappointed with the available options. It seems that the only universal neoprene covers with straps are camo colored. I like camo but I would like to have more options.
I will try another brand and hopefully find one that doesn't have a toxic smell.
If someone out there would make some nontoxic smelling universal sized neoprene covers with adjustable straps in several color options I am betting you could sell quite a few of them.