NASHVILLE, Tennessee – Nissan USA has given The Corner tips about disinfecting vehicles to counter the Covid-19 threat and to emphasise the need for frequent hand-washing.
However, the driver – and perhaps others in the vehicles – can also play a large part in contaminating the seats, everything on the fascia, the steering-wheel and window winders.
Ryan Fulkerson, director of New Model Engineering with Nissan North America, told us: “We want to make sure vehicle users and passengers are well-informed about how best to keep their vehicle disinfected.
“Most people are still using their vehicle(s), whether essential employees commuting or running a grocery store while in quarantine.”
Wearing disposable gloves is suggested for the process.
Most common household disinfectants are effective, some not: do not use bleach, hydrogen peroxide, benzene, thinners, or other harsh cleaners which will damage upholstery and other interior surfaces.
Preferable are 70% alcohol-based wipes or sprays which can be used safely in your vehicle.
The infotainment screen is a high-touch area: use screen wipes or a soft cloth dampened with soap and water then wipe dry with a clean, soft cloth. DO NOT use ammonia-based cleaners on screens.
Nissan USA listed surfaces that should be cleaned/disinfected. Perhaps print the list to keep in the vehicle for reference…
• Steering wheel
• Key and remote fob
• All exterior door releases
• Boot lid or liftgate grab areas
• All interior door pulls and door panels
• Ignition button, if equipped
• Rearview mirror, back and edges
• Gear selector
• Turn-signal lever
• Windshield wiper controls
• Centre stack knobs
• Centre console and armrest
• Seat belt and buckle (no harsh cleaners on the belts to avoid degradation
• Parking-brake handle and release button
If a vehicle requires more attention, refer to your Nissan dealer – call first to make sure the agency is open.