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VW car brand SEAT crafts coronavirus ventilator from wiper motor

MARTORELL, Spain — Carmaker Volkswagen AG’s Spanish unit, SEAT, is using benefit of a humble windshield wiper system to make unexpected emergency ventilators for a health technique groaning below 1 of the world’s worst national outbreaks of the new coronavirus.

At the manufacturing facility in Martorell, near Barcelona, staff piece collectively the equipment which rely on a balloon of air filling and emptying to assist doctors regulate the respiration of people today struggling from the occasionally fatal COVID-19 respiratory sickness.

“Ninety percent of the products are the exact that we use to make the SEAT Leon,” Patricia Such, SEAT’s director of health, safety and emergencies, explained on Tuesday, referring to a preferred car or truck model.

“The motor we are employing to ventilate … is the windscreen wiper motor of the car,” she explained, pointing to the device as it pumped air by way of a tube into the lungs

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