The increasing automotive-related explosion and pyrophoric incidents in recent years had raised public concerns over safety conformity of automotive performance and automotive interior materials. In any case, automotive combustion or explosion can cause severe personal injuries or even fatalities, therefore automotive and automotive interior material manufacturers have to ensure their products meet the national flammability regulations and requirements. Recently the Ministry of Industry & Information Technology (MIIT) in China has issued penalties to numerous automotive enterprises who failed to comply with flammability regulations.
To minimize the risk of injuries attributable to flammability risk factors or combustible substances contained in automotive interior materials, MIIT has announced the new national standard on ‘Flammability of Automotive Interior Materials’. The new standard applies to various automotive interior materials including textile, electrical and electronic accessories, as well as other furnishing items for vehicle interior decorations.