Summary of findings on microbes on surfaces in family cars.
|Types of surfaces sampled||Steering wheel, radio knob, dashboard, door handle, seat, children’s car seat, change holder, window opener, cup holder, seat belt, and area with a food spill|
|Type of vehicle tested||Higher levels of bacterial contamination in vans and sports utility vehicles than in sedans, possibly due to higher passenger capacity and more frequent transport of children|
|Variables considered||Different sites inside, type of vehicle, use of the vehicle for transporting children, and geographic location as well as sex and marital status of the drivers|
|Frequency of occurrence of fungi||Directly related to the mean air temperature of the city where the automobile was located|
|Frequency of occurrence of bacteria||Directly related to the mean average monthly rainfall as well as air temperature|