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Meeting FMVSS 302 standards

Resources | February 1, 2009 | By:

My client is asking for a fabric that has a “four minute max” on FMVSS 302. What does that mean?

FMVSS 302 is an abbreviation for “flammability of interior materials,” and is a frequently referenced U.S. government specification for flammability, despite the fact that its intended use is for fabrics in the interior of motor vehicles. Items covered under FMVSS 302 include things like seat covers, headliners and instrument panel padding. In the general requirements section of the specification, it states “material shall not burn, nor transmit a flame front across its surface at a rate of more than four inches per minute.” Essentially, your customer is asking if the fabric meets FMVSS 302 standards.

SOURCE U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Safety Assurance, Office of Vehicle Safety Compliance

Juli Case is IFAI’s information and technical services manager.

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