April 13, 2006

Japanese automobile association targets volatile organic compounds in trucks

Tokyo, Japan – Following its February 2005 announcement of VOC-related
guidelines for passenger cars, the Japanese Automobile Manufacturer’s Association (JAMA) announced it will also pursue a voluntary approach in reducing the levels of concentration of VOCs (volatile organic compounds) in the cabins of trucks, buses and other commercial vehicles.

JAMA is targeting organic compounds, such as formaldehyde and
toluene, that are prone to volatility at normal room temperatures.
Their rapid drying capacity, oil- and dirt-cleansing properties
and other advantages have led to the extensive use of these
compounds in the manufacture of paint solvents, adhesives,
insecticides, detergents and other industrial products. These
same substances, however, have been cited as one of the
causes of “sick house syndrome,” or air contamination inside homes,
characterized by nose and throat irritation and other afflictions.

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