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Oeko-Tex Offers Certification For Vehicle Interiors

The International Oeko-Tex Association, Switzerland, now offers Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 certification for vehicle interiors. Individual materials such as textile products, leather articles, foam, polymer components, and fibers and non-textile items used in the automotive industry as well as complete vehicle interiors may receive the certification.

To be certified, a product must comply with Oeko-Tex Standard 100 requirements regarding presence of harmful substances as well as other criteria specific to a material's use in vehicle interiors. The main difference between vehicle interior and apparel certification relates to volatile organic substance and odor emissions.

Child seats must meet Oeko-Tex product class I specifications for baby articles, and vehicle seat materials must meet product class II specifications for articles that come into direct contact with skin. Materials used in vehicle roofs, hat racks or floor coverings must meet product class IV specifications for decoration materials. For certification of complete vehicle interiors, all interior materials and products must not exceed certain emission values.

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