China’s first Guidelines for Passenger Vehicle Interior Air Quality came into effect on March 1.
The Guidelines, GB/T27630-2011, aims to ease consumer concerns over the interior air quality in automobiles made in China. The Guidelines will not only apply to new vehicles, but also to used ones. It provides manufacturers and consumers the first set of air quality standards in China.
Although not mandatory, the Guidelines provides basic standards for consumer protection from possible vehicle air pollutions. It poses limits on the allowable amounts of benzene, toluol, xylene, ethylbenzene, styrene, formaldehyde, acetaldehyde and acrolein inside automobiles, both new and old.
The GB/T stands for national standard for suggested instead compulsory compliance.