New Ford Fusion Minimizes Pollen and 'Touch' Allergens

            New Ford Fusion Minimizes Pollen and 'Touch' Allergens

PR Newswire

DEARBORN, Mich., March 19, 2013

DEARBORN, Mich., March 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

  oFord has begun requiring that more than 100 materials and components meet
    stringent standards to minimize potential allergy issues on the new Fusion
    and other Ford vehicles
  oEngineers avoid materials such as latex, chrome and nickel – a metal 10
    percent of Americans are allergic to – that can cause allergic reactions
  oSimilar to a furnace filter in a house, cabin air filters in the 2013
    Fusion and other new Ford vehicles prevent airborne particles such as
    dust, spores, fungus and pollen from entering the vehicle
  oMore than half of all Americans test positive to one or more allergens

As spring arrives and more Americans prepare to face allergies, the new 2013
Ford Fusion can help combat common airborne and touch-based allergens, while
monitoring possible irritants in areas where customers are driving or planning
to visit.

Ford engineers tested more than 100 materials and components on the new Fusion
and other Ford vehicles for allergy issues. Engineers avoid – or minimize –
materials such as natural latex, hexavalent chromium and nickel, which can
produce an allergic reaction in some people.

Components requiring allergen testing include common high-touch areas such as
the seats, steering wheel, armrests, door handles and shifters.

"Allergies affect large numbers of people, so anything we can do to reduce
potential allergens inside Ford vehicles we do through rigorous, controlled
testing," said Linda Schmalz, supervisor of Core Material Engineering for
Ford.

WebMD says more than half of all Americans test positive to one or more
allergens. Allergies have been increasing for the past three decades across
all age, gender and racial groups, according to the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention.

Ford seeks to reduce the irritation of allergens – associated with seasonal
weather and possibly rash-inducing materials – by rigorously testing its
vehicles and installing cabin air filters that prevent airborne particles such
as dust, spores, fungus and pollen from entering the vehicle.

From dust to hexavalent chromium (a chemical sometimes found in dyes, paints
and plastics), natural latex to pollen, almost any material or substance can
be a potential allergen. Ford testers make sure dyes and formaldehyde are
strictly limited to levels that are acceptable even for clothing.

Cleanest possible cabin air
Cabin air filters improve driving comfort by reducing particle concentration,
improve cleanliness and protect climate control components from particle
deposits. These filters also capture soot, smog and tobacco smoke.

Because of the seamless way it works, many customers may not realize they have
a cabin air filter. In most cases, the filter is accessed through the glove
box. Ford dealers change the filters as part of the recommended maintenance
for all vehicles.

Health and wellness research
In 2011 Ford kicked off a series of research projects for in-car health and
wellness-connected services such as medical device connectivity, cloud-based
health management services and mobile app integration.

In just more than a year, Ford delivered on the initial research with launch
of the SYNC AppLink-compatible Allergy Alert app – available on the 2013
Fusion and other new Ford vehicles – and as one of the first steps toward
helping drivers take care of themselves and their passengers.

With SYNC^® AppLink^™, drivers can quickly access allergy information through
the Allergy Alert app. Through the app's pollen index rating, drivers can
request to hear the types of allergen conditions they are likely to encounter
that may cause a flare-up in personal allergy symptoms. The app also provides
a risk index for asthma, flu/cough/cold and ultraviolet rays.

Drivers can access Allergy Alert app information simply by connecting
smartphones or tablets to their cars using simple voice commands, while
keeping their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.

The SYNC AppLink-enabled version of Allergy Alert is available for iOS devices
and is a free app that can be downloaded from the App Store.

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F), a global automotive industry leader based in
Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six
continents. With about 171,000 employees and 65 plants worldwide, the
company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides
financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information
regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit
http://corporate.ford.com.

SOURCE Ford Motor Company

Website: http://www.ford.com
Contact: Wes Sherwood, +1-313-390-5660, wsherwoo@ford.com
 
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