Harmonization of Test Methods to Measure VOCs from Polyurethane Foam used In Automotive Interior Cabins
The standard will describe a harmonized approach to measuring VOCs from polyurethane foam used in automotive seating. The standard will address the interests and requirements of OEMs and other stakeholders. It will leverage existing consensus standards with existing automotive OEM test methods to address the following: (1) Foam processing and handling, sample production, conditioning, packaging, storage, shipment, and specimen preparation, (2) Test methods to measure VOC Emissions, e.g. chambers, air sampling and analytical methods, (3) Data analysis and expression of results, (4) Description and flowchart of combined documents – Unification document, to form a comprehensive VOC roadmap.
Rationale: Currently, there are numerous standards for testing molded foam used in automotive cabins to evaluate vehicle interior air quality (VIAQ). Current standards are subject to ambiguity and subjectivity that do not address the requirements of testing polyurethane foam. To address this issue, the SAE standard will serve as a “roadmap” to the industry for the testing of polyurethane foam emissions.