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Help Me, I'm Drowning...

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I hate to gross out my fellow posters but I believe this is of legitimate relevance.
For the second time this month, my 21-month-old son threw up all over the back seat of our brand-new MDX! And this time after only 30 minutes on the road.
This only happened once before in our previous car (a 1999 Subaru Outback) and he has been on many trips, some as long as 6 hours, without any problems.
This concerns me because the kid's only been in the MDX four or five times, and on it's maiden voyage (to Providence; one hour away) he did the same thing on the return trip.
More than one friend has suggested that it's the "new car smell", which is particularly strong. I've also noticed that he has a better view from the side window and tends to look outside a lot more than he used to. Are all those trees whizzing by at 75 miles per making him sick?
I cleaned and conditioned all the leather with Mother's and also wiped down all the vinyl and plastic with Meguiar's so now the interior smells like a tropical rain forest. I also placed a box of Arm & Hammer baking soda in the CD compartment to help cut down on the new car smell. Will this be enough? Is baby Dramamine my last hope? (Does it even exist?)
I told my wife that we're carrying a bailing bucket on our next trip and tonight when I say my prayers I'll be thanking Tim for those all-season floor mats...
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When I first drove home in the MDX, I didn't feel too well after the 45 minute drive because of the "new car" smell.

After that, I opened all the windows and the rear hatch and had a fan circulate air in the garage for about a week. Sometimes I had the fan blow air through the MDX.

By the third week, I stopped using the fan. About a week later I stopped opening the hatch and now I just roll down the front two windows when I park in the garage.

Although my CL had a "new car" smell for years, I didn't have to air it out like the MDX. Some of my friends think I'm crazy for trying to get rid of the new car smell.

Keep in mind that the MDX is very well sealed (see the other posts regarding how air pressure makes it hard to shut the hatch) and unless you air it out, it will smell for a long time. A vomiting 21 month old kid doesn't make it any better.
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