With spring on its way, many Canadians will soon find themselves suffering from allergies once again. And in the fairly tight confines of a car that can often be a bit of a problem. Ford Motor Company has said that it is taking steps to reduce irritations caused by allergies, getting engineers to minimize the use of materials such as chromium, nickel and natural latex, especially for high touch areas on the car such as the steering wheel, seats, door handles and shifter.
Ford aims to reduce the level of allergen irritation by installing cabin air filters that attract airborne particles such as dust, fungus, pollen and spores. The filters are also designed to absorb other airborne substances such as cigarette smoke, soot and smog.
“Allergies affect large numbers of people, so anything we can do to reduce potential allergens inside Ford vehicles we do through rigorous, controlled testing,” remarked Linda Schmalz, supervisor of Core Material Engineering at Ford.
Statistics have shown that 30 per cent of Canadians test positive to one or more allergens, so any steps automakers can take to reduce the risk of them occurring is laudable. The filter, which in most cases can be accessed via the glovebox, is recommended to be changed by dealers as part of the vehicle’s scheduled maintenance program.