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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 windshield replacement.
- Make sure the glass shop uses crash-proven urethane adhesives.
- 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.


pdf Safe Windshield Replacement Facts pdf Corrosion is Dangerous



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