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What You Should Know About Safe Windshield Installation

Safety InfoRite-Way Auto Glass wants you to know that your windshield performs many functions that are taken for granted. Did you know that besides keeping the bugs and rain out, your windshield actually provides structural roof support that helps keep you safe in the event of a rollover? It also enables the passenger side air bag to perform its job. In most vehicles, the passenger side air bag actually deploys off of the front windshield. If your windshield glass installations not properly adhered to the body of the vehicle, the force of the air bag can dislodge the glass and result in more severe occupant injuries. Because your safety and satisfaction is our goal, Rite-Way Auto Glass follows the safe installation guidelines set forth by the Automotive Glass Replacement Safety Standards Council (AGRSS™ ). Have your glass installed the Rite-Way.

What you should know about your car

Your car has been built not only to provide a means of transportation but also to help protect you in the event of an accident. All repair work done to your car is regulated by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) to ensure that all parts and their installation meet the required performance requirements that contribute to your safety.

Your windshield is secured to the body of your car by specially designed auto glass adhesives that have been tested and approved to meet all applicable FMVSS requirements.

Your windshield is classified a "safety device" because it provides structural strength to your car body, helps keep passengers inside the car if an accident should occur, and supports the inflation and performance of passenger side airbags. As important as the windshield quality, so too is the quality and proper installation of the auto glass adhesive.

What you should know about the law: glass installation

  • Safety Info It is there to protect you and the quality of your car. Everyone should understand it and everyone is expected to follow it!
  • The Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Act makes it illegal for anyone to return your car for use prior to all safety devices being fully operational.
  • Since your windshield is a safety device, your car cannot be safely driven until the adhesive has had enough cure time to meet FMVSS regulations.
  • Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) define the required performance of all parts classified as "safety devices." FMVSS is the governing authority for all OEM and after-market work and requires auto glass adhesives to be strong enough to hold the windshield in the car under certain crash conditions.
  • FMVSS requires adhesives to be nearly six times stronger for cars with passenger side airbags.

What you should know about Safe Drive Away Time

  • Defines the amount of time that your car is required to remain out of service before all safety devices installed are deemed functional.
  • Cars with passenger side airbags require either more time or a faster acting auto glass adhesive to reach Safe Drive Away because of the additional strength to support the deployment of the airbag.
  • By adhering to the auto glass adhesive manufacturer's Safe Drive Away Time calculations, FMVSS requirements will be met and your car is safe to drive.

What you should know about your auto glass adhesive

  • There are a number of brands and types of adhesives to choose from. The judgment and determining factor for acceptable adhesives is based on their certified ability to pass all applicable FMVSS requirements.
  • The lower the temperature and humidity, the longer it takes for standard one part adhesives to cure. If you are not able to wait the prescribed amount of time to meet Safe Drive Away Time, there are new high performance adhesives that cure much faster due to their special accelerator components. These types of adhesives are more expensive than standard one part products.

What you should know about your Auto Glass Installation Shop

Safety InfoOnly businesses that meet the following professional standards should be trusted with your car:

  • Use trained and certified technicians
  • Use FMVSS approved products
  • Follow all part manufacturer's instructions
  • Provide written warranty and record for the work completed
  • Carry adequate insurance

The service you should expect

  • A clear discussion concerning how your installation work will be completed
  • How long your car will need to be held out of service to protect your safety
  • The type of auto glass adhesive that you and the glass shop decide to use should be one that, based on weather conditions, allows your car to be safely driven within the time frame you require.

Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards

The following excerpts were collected from the 1999 Code of Federal Regulations (Title 49, Parts 400-499) and do not fully represent each standard.

Standard No. 205 - Glazing Materials - This standard specifies requirements for glazing materials for use in motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment for the purpose of reducing injuries resulting from impact to glazing surfaces.

Standard No. 208 - Occupant Crash Protection - This standard originally specified the type of occupant restraints (i.e., seat belts) required. The purpose of the standard is to reduce the number of fatalities and the number and severity of injuries to occupants involved in frontal crashes.

Standard No. 212 - Windshield Mounting - This standard requires that, when tested as described, each windshield mounting must be anchored in place and retain one of two specified percentages of its periphery in a crash situation.

Standard No. 216 - Roof Crush Resistance - This standard specifies requirements for roof crush resistance over the passenger compartment.

Standard No. 219 - Windshield Zone Intrusion - This standard specifies limits for the displacement into the windshield area of motor vehicle components during a crash.

The complete text of all Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and other NHTSA regulations can be found in Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Title 49 of the CFR is published in seven volumes; the fifth volume (Parts 400-999) is where these regulations can be found. Copies of this volume can be obtained for a cost from:

U. S. Government Printing Office
Superintendent of Documents
Mail Stop: SSOP
Washington, DC 20402-9328
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