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It’s often said by people that they “live in” their cars. Aside from children, car pool buddies and pets, drivers are taking unwanted passengers along for the ride: Germs.

Studies conducted by universities and the automotive industry have exposed automobiles as some of the dirtiest environments encountered in our everyday lives. These studies – by Ford Motor Company, the University of Michigan, University of Arizona microbiologist Dr. Chuck Gerba, and the U.K.’s Aston University in Birmingham – all came to similar conclusions, identifying pathogens such as E. coli, salmonella, campylobacter and even MRSA in samples taken from steering wheels, gear shifts, cup holders, dashboards, change holders and seats. One study turned up mold all over a child safety seat.

According to the U.K. researchers, children and pets are at greatest risk when they ride in dirty cars. However, cars that regularly transport kids and pests were found to have the highest bacteria counts. Those researchers also found that germs were spread around vehicles via climate control air blowers, with older vehicles demonstrating higher levels of contamination. This was attributable, they believed, to poorly-functioning air cabin filters.

The Global Shield Solutions Approach: Proactive and Environmentally Friendly

Sterile Auto™, which features the proprietary silane-based antimicrobial active ingredient used in Sterile Doctor™, gives vehicle owners and renters access to a new and exciting feature: protection for their car’s surfaces against odor-causing bacteria, viruses, fungi and mold. In addition to the antimicrobial properties in its active ingredient, our Sterile Auto™ product is a stain repellent that protects touchpoints within a vehicle’s interior from cosmetic damage associated with spills and dirt.

Sterile Auto™ is colorless, odorless and “green”. Unlike antimicrobial treatments such as those utilizing silver or triclosan, Sterile Auto™ employs a physical mode of action to control microbes. In contrast, silver and triclosan employ a chemical mode of action that can create adaptive mutations in microbes, and leach byproducts into the environment that can have an impact on humans, wildlife and plants.

Target Areas: Steering wheel, gear shift, cup holder, dashboard, change holder, seats, child safety seats, controls, armrests, carpets, more.

Suggested Viewing:

News clips that reveal the truth about the cleanliness of our vehicles
Suggested Reading:

Car Interiors are Laden with Bacteria – safetyissues.com
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Germs, Bacteria Lurk in Your Car – ABC News
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How Clean is Your Car? Steering Wheels Have Nine Times More Germs Than Public Toilet Seat – Daily Mail
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