The car now went painfully smart. And he will slow himself down and warn about any danger, or even look around the corner with his headlights. Massagers, climate systems and super-“music” with access to the World Wide Web are completely disposed to leave the salon as rarely as possible. But no, frequent trips to auto health will not add. There are enough problems, starting with commonplace radiculitis and ending with a diagnosis that forces men to consider pharmacy display cases longer than usual.
And all kinds of osteochondrosis and other allergic and asthmatic syndromes? Automobile manufacturers also understand this, from time to time trying to interest us in their products from an unusual point of view. Considering the current trend of a healthy lifestyle, some concerns fill their cars with super advanced options approved by the national ministries of health or associations of physicians with specializations.
Actually, even in the Soviet years, GOST clearly regulated the permissible threshold for any harmful fumes emitted by the trim materials of the car interior when it was heated to 50 degrees. But the aroma of the new domestic car is still dizzying the owner not only with happiness - it turns out that the problem was not completely resolved. So far, only three global automakers have shown increased concern for the health of the driver and passengers. Representatives of others in personal conversations assured that since their cars have certificates of conformity, then we have nothing to worry about. Until…
The TÜV Rhineland certificate confirms that the salons of the seven concern models supplied to the Russian market do not contain allergy-causing materials. These are Focus, S-MAX, Kuga, Mondeo, S-MAX, Galaxy and Fiesta. The strategy for creating a healthy atmosphere in the cabin is divided into two parts: maintaining clean air and using non-irritating materials. During the anti-allergenicity test, more than 100 items of materials and components were examined. In addition to the analysis of the emitted vapors, we conducted a dermatological test of the seat upholstery, steering wheel braid and rugs.
The seats of the new Meriva model are developed with the participation of the AGR association. It includes German, Swiss and Austrian specialists concerned about the health of the back and spine. According to them, almost 70% of the German population suffers from a similar ailment, and among them there are many motorists. Opel took care of such people - an ergonomic system using special devices to support the back has already been certified by a number of medical organizations in Europe.
To achieve maximum air purity in the cabin of the new S80 and XC60 models, the company, in close cooperation with the Swedish Association for Asthma and Allergic Diseases, has developed two systems: IAQS (air quality control system) and CZIP (integrated system for maintaining air purity). By the way, all textile and leather products in Volvo cars meet the requirements of the international standard Oeko-Tex Standard 100, which is designed to control the human exposure to harmful substances contained in products made from such materials.
Experts from Queen Mary of the British University found that there are almost nine times more bacteria of all kinds on the steering wheel of an ordinary car than in a public toilet. So, on one square inch of the steering wheel, experts found as many as 700 species of bacteria! (For comparison: there are only eight dozen of them in the toilet.) Among them there are very dangerous ones that can cause intestinal upsets and even poisoning. The explanation for this phenomenon is quite simple: many drivers simply do not wash the steering wheel. For example, in the United States, only a third of car owners do this once a year.