Safe Volvo Cabin Environment for Allergy Sufferers
IRVINE, CA – The interior environment in a Volvo
should also be safe for hypersensitive people. Three Volvo models, the S80, V70,
and XC70, are now recommended by the Swedish Asthma and Allergy Association. An
increasing number of customers are also beginning to make demands on the
quality of the air in the car’s passenger compartment.
objective is for the air inside the cabin to be cleaner than the air outside of
it with respect to the air drawn into the cabin as well as the emissions from
the materials in the cabin. What is often referred to as the “new car smell” is
actually low levels of emissions from materials such as PVC plastics and
certain metals. The levels are so low that they do not present a danger, but
when the car becomes warm, concentrations may occur that irritate hypersensitive
people. These substances are quickly vented out of the cabin but Volvo Cars’
objective is to avoid these odors completely.
trying to minimize all odors since strong smells can trigger asthma,” said
Andreas Andersson, who is in charge of clean cabins at VCC.
the interior environment can be divided into two main areas: air quality and
contact allergies. To ensure that the air entering the cabin is as clean as
possible, Volvo Cars has developed two systems: IAQS (Interior Air Quality System
) and CZIP (Clean Zone Interior Package). IAQS monitors the quality of the
incoming air and automatically closes the air vents if the levels of harmful
substances become too high. A multi-filter removes particulates and pollen but
also uses a layer of active charcoal to remove odors and ground-level ozone.
The air in a Volvo car fitted with IAQS should always be below WHO’s limits for
urban environments. CZIP ensures that the air in the car is automatically
vented out within one minute from the time the car is unlocked with the remote
control. This system is recommended by the Swedish Asthma and Allergy
to avoid emissions from materials in the cabin, a careful selection of
materials is made at an early stage. Furthermore, tests are conducted in which
interior components are heated in ovens in order to measure the effect on air
In the work to counteract contact allergies, the amount of nickel released from
metallic surfaces is minimized and a natural plant extract is used instead of
chrome for tanning leather. All textiles and leather in Volvo’s cars meet the
requirements in the Oeko-Tex Standard 100, an international institute that
monitors harmful substances in textiles.