In a rare instance, a car wash’s owner’s manual has the potential to burn your car, according to Recode.
A car wash owner’s guide for the 2014 Ford Focus has the words “burns” and “stains” in bold letters.
The manual explains the car wash is supposed to remove dirt, grease, and other contaminants from the car’s interior.
It’s written to help customers get rid of “abrasive” odors, including “smells, taste, odor, and appearance of the car.”
However, according in the manual, the fumes can be “quite unpleasant” and can cause “burned skin and other painful symptoms.”
In one of the more bizarre car wash recommendations, the guide advises customers to use a towel to scrub their hands, instead of using a brush, to prevent burns.
The car wash owners manual is an example of a widespread practice that’s been linked to car fires and other car-related injuries.
A 2009 study found that car wash operators use a third of the chemicals found in car exhaust and paint thinner, as well as in other chemicals found on cars.
A 2015 study from Duke University found that people in the United States use more than 100 chemicals on a daily basis.
It also found that the majority of these chemicals are from “flammable and volatile” chemicals found inside of cars, including gasoline, brake fluid, and brake pads.
A 2013 study by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health found that workers in the automotive industry had been using “numerous types of chemicals that may have been used in automotive exhaust and/or paint.”
In 2015, the American Society of Carpenters and Joiners published a report that said, “In the United Kingdom, car wash use and chemicals used in the manufacture of automotive equipment has been linked with several serious health and safety issues, including lung, skin, and reproductive cancers.”