1997-02-24

Material Options for Automotive Interior Trim 970446

This paper outlines the relationship between airbag door choices and instrument panel coverstock materials which are being used in the global automotive market for passenger vehicles as well as those materials that are being considered for use in future vehicles. The introduction of an invisible airbag door into the instrument panel is changing the material and testing requirements as safety and reliability are now key considerations. Increasing material options are available to meet these requirements. In this paper, we review the material options, processing methods available, advantages/disadvantages of each, and the current market status of the different materials.

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