How Dangerous Can A Stationary Car Be?

As we know, there are innumerable ways you can get killed behind the wheel. What about when a car's not moving?

While we were talking about drum brakes, reader fritzo told us a story about the time he was fixing his rear drums and his dad made a poignant observation.

I had drum brakes on the rear axle of my '84 Mustang GT. I remember taking the cover off and dust flying EVERYWHERE. It was like someone took a sandwich bag of crushed pencil lead and threw it in the wind. My face looked like a coal miner's.

After the fact, my dad walked up smoking a cigarette and mentioned "Don't breathe that...it can give you cancer."

Whether its in a garage or parked on the street, how dangerous can a car be, even when it's not moving?

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