Ford Mustang using Soy for its seat cushions.

July 15, 2007 at 12:12 am 2 comments

Posted by Ed Maurer:
There’s a nasty chemical use in the production of foam car seats and it’s called Toluene diisocyanate. Joe and I joke about it from time to time because we had to endure a video warning us about this noxious chemical. “You can’t smell it, but you will die if you breath it in.” That’s essentially the message we received from the training video. The L.A. Times reports that Ford Motor Company will be producing foam seats that use 40% soy oils and 60% petroleum based oils for it’s 2008 Mustang. It makes me wonder how they were able to get the soy to work with the Toluene diisocyanate to make a seat. I still wouldn’t sniff the fumes, but I do love the idea of using a renewable resource to produce the seat. I hope the other auto makers will follow suit.


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  • 1. Joe  |  July 20, 2007 at 2:41 am

    ACTUALLY, I think it was “if you can smell it, it’s already too late…”

    I wonder if they are using any less petro oil based resources than before, or whether they’re just substituting non petro based solids with soy sauce. You know what I mean?

    If Ford wanted to make a statement for the environment, it would be announcing changes in all vehicle seats, not just ones made for the car best marketed to a well defined consumer segment already shown to have environmental friendly attitudes. You know what I mean?

    It’s like GM stating they’ll have an electric vehicle out in 10 years. Now why would it take them 10 years to produce something they had proven in the field back in the 80’s? *cough* delay, stall, give public opinion time to forget the current urgency to be eco savy, blah blah.

    Who killed the electric car?

  • 2. CarNut  |  April 30, 2008 at 11:17 am

    Seeing they are not built to run green gotta make them out of green.


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