In recent years, the number of people suffering from allergies and other forms of hypersensitivity has been growing rapidly. Research from Asthma UK shows that nearly one third of today's children suffer with various breathing problems. Air quality is a real concern and reducing emissions of carbon dioxide - a major greenhouse gas - is the biggest environmental challenge now facing the automotive industry.
As well as ensuring all Volvo engines are more efficient with increasingly lower tailpipe emissions, the Volvo PremAir system is also fitted to nearly all Volvo models as standard. The car radiator has a catalytic coating which converts up to 75% of ground level ozone into oxygen, cleaning the air as the car is driven.
A cabin pollen filter and Volvo’s Interior Air Quality System (IAQS) are standard equipment (except on the Volvo C70). This system automatically removes impurities and odours from the incoming air and makes the interior air cleaner than the air outside the car.
The materials used in Volvo car interiors meet the requirements of the international Oeko-Tex 100 standard, which means that fabrics, threads, carpets, plastics and seatbelts are also tested for allergenic dyes, pesticides and heavy metals to detect chemicals that trigger allergies, even under extreme temperatures, and ensure that all materials used in Volvo car interiors are free from emissions.
Other components such as the handbrake button, load anchoring eyebolts, Space Ball and steering wheel badge are tested for contact allergens and meet the EU directive for nickel leakage from jewellery.
Volvo At The Baby Show
The stylish new Volvo V50 Sportswagon and the award-winning Volvo XC90 are on display at The Baby Show in Glasgow. The Volvo V50 Sportswagon offers the quality of a premium brand with enhanced, sporty driving characteristics and the flexibility of extra load space to meet the needs of active leisure pursuits or young families.
The Volvo XC90's innovative features, style and value have made a big impact on the premium Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) market and, with seven flexible seats and clever storage and safety features; it's one of the most desirable cars on sale in the UK.
Visit stand A45 in Hall 4 at the Glasgow Baby Show to experience the Volvo brand.Published 4 March 2005