Solutia Inc., St. Louis, announced April 19 that its LLumar® AIR80™ window film has met the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s clarification to safety regulations regarding window visibility in commercial trucks. Millions of commercial trucks may now utilize select ultraviolet (UV) window films on side windows for added protection from harmful UVA rays, which have been associated with increased risk of skin cancer. The recent change follows numerous reports of higher-than-average rates of skin cancer on the left side of the face and arm, according to a 2011 article in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, noting driver-side UVA exposure as a likely contributor to the disease.
The LLumar AIR80 window film provides enhanced protection against harmful UV rays, while also keeping vehicles significantly cooler. Testing has demonstrated that installing LLumar AIR80 film can keep a vehicle’s interior surfaces as much as 29 F (16 C) cooler when compared to an unprotected vehicle. The non-conductive ceramic coating technology ensures there is no interference with electronic signals from radios, GPS devices, cellular telephones or electronic toll sensors.