NEW YORK – Soy-based foam head restraints represent the latest success story in Ford’s movement toward renewable materials and away from petroleum-based plastics in its vehicles. Working with Lear, Ford now uses environmentally friendly soy-based foam for 25% of the padding in a new head restraint. The component still contains 75% polyol, but the trend toward sustainability is well under way, says Ellen Lee, a technology expert heading a plastics research team for the auto maker. Seat ...

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