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Do-and-don’t tips for cleaning and sanitizing your vehicle

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.

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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.

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“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.

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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.

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