Thanks for the information on the chemical guys. My old car had cracked leather and I never want to deal with that again, I really want to baby these seats for this car.you should first try changing the cabin filter. i would also get an automotive a/c disinfectant spray. my wife used to smoke in the car, and after she quit, i used a spray disinfectant, and it got rid of all the stale smell. i would first remove the cabin filter, use the spray, then put the new one in. additionally:
Looks like a lot of their products are out of stock, and I am not going to buy a gallon sized leather conditioner. I'll check back soon and see if things get better.the chemical guys quick detailer for leather will leave the same scent, and i also use their leather serum. these products are made to clean the seats, and also have uv protection. nothing penetrates the coated leather, but it does need to be cleaned and protected.
Amazon.com : chemical guys leatherLooks like a lot of their products are out of stock, and I am not going to buy a gallon sized leather conditioner. I'll check back soon and see if things get better.
I work in importing of consumer goods out of Asia. During the rainy season, we actually have to add chemicals to the paint of many of our products, to inhibit mold growth. I even saw mold growth on aluminum surfaces, which blew my mind because there was no organic material for the mold to consume. Point is, mold can grow anywhere, if given the right conditions. I've also dealt with mold remediation, which is a royal pain in the $$$. Good luck to you.Thanks for your input. I appreciate all suggestions. I loved my 2019 Santa Fe that I traded for this one but this odor makes it really hard to enjoy all the bells and whistles of this new one. You open the door and it’s just unpleasant to get in. You acclimate after a few minutes but every time you get in a closed car the smell hits you. I have cloth seats and I’ve sniffed those like a bloodhound and I don’t think they are the source. The dealership sprayed inside the vents the first time. While it has not been written on any of the paperwork they tell me they checked the hoses and the cabin air filter. I’ve ruled out the mats as being a source but owners on the Pallisade forum with this same issue are saying it’s the headrests (I have yet to investigate mine). I’m following all suggestions I’ve been given on this and other forums—baking the car, windows down, in the sun in my driveway in 92+ degree heat for 5-6 hour stretches (so far ineffective but it’s only 3 days into that due to rain), and I bought 4 1lb bags of activated charcoal which are places throughout the closed vehicle at all other times (so far also ineffective). Hyundai Consumer Care asked my dealer to order a mold kit 2 weeks ago to rule out mildew. Still waiting on that before I invest the money for a professional detailer to run an ion generator inside the car for 5 hours. All of the research I’ve been doing has taught me that this is a common, documented problem with a lot of cars (though mostly those manufactured in Korea). From here on out when I purchase a vehicle I am going to be sure that I’m the first person to open the closed car I want to purchase that has sat on the lot overnight and if it smells like anything but new car I’m outta there. I’ve pretty much figured that this isn’t a problem the dealership or Hyundai are going to take responsibility for. I can either take a huge financial hit and trade it in or I live with it (or not, depending on the toxicity level) for the 6 year life of my car loan. (Sigh)