Don't take chances with a broken windshield
Your windshield provides
critical support to structural components. Without
the windshield, you and your passengers could be
thrown from the car or crushed in a rollover.
Proper replacement is crucial
It is imperative a
broken windshield be replaced properly. All that
holds a windshield in place is a band of adhesive.
Proper materials and procedures are crucial.
Proper windshield replacement - a matter of life
The difference between a
properly installed and a poorly installed windshield can be
the difference between life and death. The wrong adhesive,
insufficient hardening of materials, or improper auto glass
replacement procedures may leave passengers vulnerable
during a crash.
If the windshield is dislodged
from the vehicle frame during a crash, the passenger side
air bag cannot work properly. Also, the structural strength
of the vehicle might be reduced.
The windshield and back glass
are structural components of your vehicle. If properly
bonded to the vehicle frame with an OEM-approved adhesive,
they provide anywhere from 25 - 40 percent of the structural
integrity and strength of the vehicle.
Urethane adhesive is what holds
the auto glass in place. It must be both strong and flexible
to withstand the sudden and violent forces of a crash.
There are government standards
that mandate minimum safety standards for all new vehicles.
It is also your right by law to have your vehicle restored
to its original condition when it is repaired. To ensure
long-term safety, safety experts and auto glass industry
associations strongly recommend the use of OEM-approved
urethane adhesives. In addition, auto glass shops should follow OEM windshield replacement
glass procedures to reduce risk.
To help ensure your safety, follow these tips:
- Ask the auto glass shop if
they follow the vehicle manufacturer's recommendations for
- Make sure the glass shop uses crash-proven urethane
- Make sure the shop properly primes and prepares the
automotive glass and paint surfaces. Don't let the glass be
installed on corroded metal.
- Ask what the adhesive cure time is. Drive the vehicle only
when the adhesive is fully cured (dried). Ask for
crash-proven drive away times. Crash testing is the only way
to prove an adhesive system's claims.