The five seat Ford C-Max and the larger seven-seat Grand C-Max are the first cars to receive the ‘Allergy Tested Interior’ Seal of Approval by the TUV Rheinland testing authority in Germany.
The award means the Ford C-Max has been tested for latex, chrome, nickel and other materials that could cause an allergic reaction when people come into contact with them.
It was also tested for how effective its pollen filter was in preventing pollen entering the inside of the car.
“We want to give our customers the best vehicle design, performance and quality, and the best passenger environment. That is why we are doing all we can to avoid or reduce to the absolute minimum all materials and substances that may pose an allergic risk,” said Caspar Dirk Hohage, engineering director, Ford of Europe.
Ford says an estimated 80 million people suffer from allergies to a range of materials, including pollen, which is more prevalent in spring.
Other Ford models to be approved by the testing authority include the Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus, Ford S-Max, Ford Mondeo, Ford Kuga and Ford Galaxy.
Hohage added: "We are the only vehicle manufacturer in the world with cars that are independently verified and certificated as allergy-tested by the TUV.”
The car was also awarded the Quality Certificate by the Berlin-based European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation for Ford’s work reducing the amount of potentially allergy-causing materials in the model.
The Ford C-Max has been redesigned for 2011 and is now based on the same platform as the new Ford Focus. Priced from under £18,000 for an entry-level model, the Ford C-Max is on sale in Ford dealerships now.