At a time when the Big Three are struggling, Ford is hoping to give its lineup an eco-boost with its new soybean car seats. The seats were designed by a “mom-squad” of bioengineers who wanted to replace the 30 pounds of petroleum-based foam in a car’s seat backs, seat cushions, armrests, instrument panels and headliners.
Ford’s new soy seats are composed of natural hemp and soybean fibers, and degrade within 90-120 days in a compost pile. They are also 20-30% lighter than their traditional plastic counterparts, giving fuel economy a boost as well. The car manufacturer first used soy foam seats on the 2008 Ford Mustang, and has since placed the seats in the Ford Expedition, F-150, Escape and Focus, as well as Mercury Mariner, Lincoln Navigator and Mazda Tribute. By the end of the 2009 model year, Ford plans to have soy seats in about one million vehicles.
According to Ford‘s website site:
“With soy foam in seats on one million vehicles planned, Ford expects to decrease its use of petroleum oil by one million pounds and reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by five million pounds annually.”
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