The redesigned Mondeo has become the fifth European Ford to be awarded the German TÜV Rhineland group’s ‘allergy tested interior’ seal of approval.

Coincidentally, this was announced just prior to Britain’s National Allergy Week, 21-25 May.

Allergies have been a hot topic here recently as a warmer than expected early spring prompted earlier plant and tree growth and the onset of allergies for sufferers. Pollen counts have also set records in parts of the US.

Ford said its vehicles are the first in the world to have passed the stringent TÜV standards. The new Mondeo goes on sale in June.

“We are very proud to receive this TÜV approval and consider it confirmation from a highly-respected organisation of the high quality standards of our vehicles,” said Wolfgang Schneider, vice president, governmental and environmental affairs, Ford of Europe.

“W e regard it as our responsibility to offer our customers products that address the growing concerns about allergies. That’s why we aim to get as many as possible of our existing – and future – models certified to TÜV standards.”

The TÜV certification assures that the car’s interior materials were selected in order to minimise the allergy risk to the lowest possible level. The TÜV is an independent, authoritative German testing and assessment organisation that controls and certifies quality standards for industrial and consumer products.

An extensive series of scientifically verifiable tests was carried out on the new Mondeo. More than 100 of its materials and components were tested for harmful substances and allergy causing potential.

In addition, all components likely to have direct and prolonged skin contact such as the steering wheel and seat covers, floor mats and seat belts were dermatologically tested.

To achieve certification standards, Ford development engineers working on the interior specification of the new Mondeo decided to avoid using allergy-provoking materials such as latex, chrome and nickel.

Additionally, the vehicles are equipped with a high-performance pollen filter, which was also tested by the TÜV. The filter effectively prevents pollen – a particular concern for allergy sufferers – from entering the vehicle’s interior.