To provide customers with a healthy and safe cabin space, Mitsubishi Motors works to reduce volatile organic compounds (VOCs) inside the cabin.
VOCs are compounds that easily volatilize at room temperature such as formaldehyde and toluene. These compounds are thought to cause sick building syndrome, and may irritate the eyes, nose, and throat. In an automobile cabin, they are mainly generated by adhesives and paint used in interior parts.
The Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, Inc. (JAMA) established voluntary guidelines for reducing vehicle cabin VOC concentration levels (the “Voluntary Guidelines”) applicable to new model passenger cars marketed starting from the 2007 fiscal year. Please see the JAMA website for details regarding the Voluntary Guidelines.
In order to reduce the amount of in-cabin VOCs, we are taking measures to reduce the sources of VOCs as well as VOCs themselves. All new models since the Mitsubishi i launched in January 2006 satisfy the voluntary guidelines set by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association (JAMA).
Example of Measures to Reduce VOCs*
|Area||Details of improvement|
|Measures against sources of VOCs||Central panel||Reduced organic solvents in the surface painting|
|Carpet||Reduced aldehydes in pile adhesives|
|Seat||Reduced organic solvents in fabric adhesives|
|Measures for reducing existing VOCs||Ceiling||Adsorbs and decomposes formaldehyde using the clean air filter deodorizing function|
|Air-conditioner||Reduces VOCs with clean air filter with deodorizing function|
* The performance of reduction measures depends on the vehicle model.