Ford has been the first car maker to win a prestigious European award for their interiors.
European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation’s (ECARF) Seal of Quality is given to manufacturers who cut down on the amount of allergens in their products. They made the award to six models – the Ka, Focus, C-MAX, Mondeo, S-MAX and Galaxy – after TÜV Rheinland Group, an independent test organisation, certified that the interior materials used in the six Ford models reduced allergy risk to the lowest possible level.
More than 100 materials and components, including frequently touched areas such as the steering wheel, were tested for harmful substances and allergy-causing potential.
"Ford is the first automobile manufacturer to receive our Seal of Quality," confirmed ECARF chair Prof Torsten Zuberbier.
"We are very proud that the first vehicles to gain TÜV and now also the ECARF approval carry the Ford blue oval," said Dr Wolfgang Schneider, Ford’s European governmental and environmental affairs vice president.
"It is our responsibility to offer customers products that address the growing concerns about allergies. We aim to get as many as possible of our existing – and future – models certified to the TÜV standard."