Ford of Europe: Allergen-Free Cars

If you look very closely at the outfit that the young woman is wearing in this photo the shoes, in particular, you might realize that the picture wasn’t taken yesterday.

If you look very closely at the outfit that the young woman is wearing in this photo

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the shoes, in particular, you might realize that the picture wasn’t taken yesterday. In fact, the picture was taken in 2004, when Ford’s European operations submitted the C-MAX to Germany’s TÜV Rheinland testing authority. And that vehicle was the world’s first car awarded “Allergy Tested Interior” by TÜV Rheinland.

In the meantime, approximately 4.5-million cars have been so certified by the German testing organization.

According to Stefan Riewer, application specialist, Vehicle Interior Environmental Quality, Ford of Europe, “For is the only vehicle manufacturer in the world with cars that are independently verified and certificated as allergy-tested by TÜV Rheinland testing authority. We want to make sure we are giving every customer the healthiest and most comfortable passenger environment possible.”

To help assure the vehicles don’t cause sneezing, wheezing, or even more startling reactions, more than 100 materials and components are tested, and latex, chrome, and nickel, among other materials that can cause allergic reaction, are used sparingly if at all. Disperse dyes and formaldehyde are limited to levels that are acceptable for clothing.

Riewer remarks, “There are regulations and standards for offices and for home furniture, but until we started the certification process with TÜV Rheinland there was nothing in place for cars.”

And that’s nothing to sniff at.