Americans consume about 9 billion gallons of bottled water per year, according to The International Bottled Water Association. Based on scientific evidence, here is the truth, about whether or not it is safe to drink bottled water that has been left in a hot car. Based on a recent poll, 70% of people worry about how containers affect their health. Is it ok to leave bottled water in your car when temperatures inside can reach up to 150 degrees, then take it out and refrigerate it?
According to CBS News, the water bottle one man left in the front seat of his car almost started a fire when light that was refracted began to catch his seat on fire. He saw smoke coming from his vehicle and rushed over before anything major happened.
While that sounds crazy, a study at the University of Florida discovered that out of 20 brands of bottled water, only one was safe to drink after being held in 150+ degree conditions for four weeks. The consensus was that if a bottle of water is left in your car for 24hrs or less, chemicals from the plastic have NOT had enough time to seep into the water, BUT, and this is a BIG BUT, consuming some water, and leaving the rest behind in a hot car in a plastic bottle can allow bad bacteria to form inside the container.
As Mom always stressed, “Better safe than sorry!” Leaving bottled water in a hot car for any period of time would suggest tossing the water and recycling the plastic bottle.