STUTTGART/BERLIN: All Mercedes-Benz model series carry the seal of the European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation (ECARF) which confirms that the values measured inside the vehicle meet the Foundation’s stringent requirements and that this has been confirmed in tests.
The German luxury carmaker said in a statement, “A new testing procedure developed by Mercedes-Benz, for which a patent application has been filed, has shown that even the minutest of allergenic particles are trapped by the charcoal fine particle filters in the vehicle. The results were confirmed by a medical study conducted by ECARF Institute.”
Allergies are now the commonest form of chronic illness in industrialised countries. In Europe, around 30 percent of the population are affected. Not only airborne pollen from spring until autumn, but also emissions given off by materials, or skin contact with them, can lead to a strong immune reaction with symptoms such as swelling of the nasal passages and bronchial tubes or swollen, itching eyes.
“Our aim is typical of Mercedes-Benz: a car that meets the individual needs of our customers,” explains Anke Kleinschmit, Head of Group Research at Daimler. “There is a close correlation between safety and well-being: a person who feels well is a safer driver; and a person who feels safe feels better.”
“For many years, we have been testing in all model ranges the efficiency of filters in air conditioners,” explains Dr Andreas Wiegers, Design for Environment, Interior Emissions at Mercedes-Benz.
“We design these filters so that, whether in fresh-air or air-recirculation mode, they allow virtually no particulate matter or pollen into the interior of the vehicle. The anti-allergenic effect of our filters in relation to pollen was scientifically confirmed many years ago. Unfortunately, it was previously impossible to measure especially small allergenic particles.”
“In my opinion, Mercedes-Benz is currently the pioneer when it comes to allergen prevention in vehicles,” says HC Torsten Zuberbier, Head of the European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation (ECARF). All model series from the A- to the S-Class meet the criteria of the ECARF seal for allergy-friendly car interiors.