I have noticed during the past few months of having my new Outback an unpleasant chemical smell coming through the vents when I turn on the temperature controls. The A/C comes on automatically and I believe the smell is coming from there, since when I turn the temp up it seems to go away. Also, even when the temp controls are turned off, there is air coming through the middle vents at all times. It doesn't matter whether the air is being recirculated or not. There is no way to close the center vents, which is annoying because it's hot air in the summer and cold air in the winter. This may be something I just have to deal with, but I thought I'd see if anyone else is experiencing these issues. thanks.