Project Details


Experiments have been conducted in order to investigate the concentration of carbon monoxide (CO) in a car during suicide attempts with different ve-hicles and start situations. A mathematical model calculating the concentra-tion of CO in the cabin has been made. In the investigation, different situa-tions have been analyzed; Starting with cold, tepid and warm engine respec-tively, and using donor cars with and without catalytic converters. The out-come of the project will be guidelines for evaluating the circumstances under which the suicide attempt has been carried out. It is becoming more and more difficult to evaluate the cause of death in this kind of suicide at-tempts due to the fact that cars equipped with catalytic converters emits an exhaust that contains almost no CO.
Effective start/end date01/09/199501/06/1998

Collaborative partners

  • Technical University of Denmark (lead)
  • County Public Health Office (Project partner)
  • University of Copenhagen (Project partner)
  • Danish Tax Authorities (Project partner)


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