Maruti Suzuki has come out with a range of health-related products and car accessories keeping in mind the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The most interesting of these is the ‘car cabin separator’, a PVC shield that can be kept behind the front seats to seal off the front and back sections of the car.
“The car cabin protective partition that divides the front and rear space of the car and is made of premium polyvinyl chloride material. It is durable, transparent, lightweight and easy to install. The car cabin protective partition prevents droplets, dust without blocking the field of view,” it said.
The arrangement is useful when transporting suspected COVID-19 cases, or even in taxis, to prevent transmission of the virus.
Maruti Suzuki — one of the first companies in India to heed the call to divert some of its manufacturing capacity to create medical equipment such as ventilators — also announced other health-related accessories.
These include a cleaning and disinfecting solution for car interiors, face masks and shields, gloves, shoe covers and protective goggles.
The various items are priced between Rs 10 to 650 and can also be purchased online.
The three-ply face mask is certified by QCS and Sitra labs for health and safety standards, India’s largest automaker said.
It said the items are made of customer-friendly materials, these products can be effectively and efficiently used at all vehicle touch points.
“Most of the accessories are ecofriendly, disposable, durable, transparent, lightweight and easy to install,” it said.
Maruti Suzuki said it will soon add more products under the ‘Health and Hygiene’ lineup.
It, however, warned users that items such as the cabin separator must be used keeping in mind that Coronavirus 2019 is a new virus and we don’t know fully well how it spreads.
“Customers should note that the nature of the spread of the disease caused by COVID-19 is still a matter of scientific investigation and there is no fool-proof method of containing the spread despite following all precautionary measures,” it said.
Even with a separator, it would still be considered dangerous to be inside an AC car with a COVID-19 patient.