AAA ISSUES NOTICE ON WINDSHIELD DANGERS
A Cracked or Improperly Installed Windshield is Dangerous
AAA wants to inform members that that General Motors Corporation has issued a recall on the glass used in certain 2007 Chevrolet Equinox and Pontiac Torrent models. Reportedly, an incorrect primer may have been used when the windshields were installed at the factory. That same primer also may have been applied to the liftgate glass and the stationary sidelites.
Don’t put your safety at risk
Unless you own one of these vehicles, you might ask, “why is this important to me?” Well, did you know the windshield of your automobile is a safety device, like air bags and safety belts? It’s true. Besides the obvious role of protecting occupants from wind, water and debris, your car’s windshield can help save your life, and the lives of your passengers, by ensuring you are not thrown from the vehicle in a collision. Windshields also play a critical role in front passenger airbag deployment on many cars. And, the windshield (and rear window) helps support the roof of the vehicle in a rollover so you and your passengers will not be crushed.
Regular check-ups keep you safe
Some windshield damage may not be noticed immediately. That’s why AAA thinks it’s important to regularly check your windshield, and all of the vehicle’s glass, for any problems. You can use the following simple steps to inspect your car, or seek the assistance of a certified technician:
Avoid Cut-Rate Auto Glass Replacement
If you determine that your windshield needs to be replaced, AAA wants you to remember that you get what you pay for. The lowest possible price should not be a primary consideration when having a windshield replaced. Instead, look for a top-quality professional installation that will maintain the structural integrity and other safety features built into your vehicle at the factory.
Many auto glass companies perform quality windshield repair and replacement. Unfortunately, there are also some that do not. AAA operates and approves auto glass businesses in some areas, but regardless of who does the work, asking the right questions can greatly increase your odds of obtaining a professional installation.
Ask the service providers if they:
During the installation, watch to see if the technician:
After the installation is complete, inspect the work carefully. You don’t need to be an auto glass expert to identify some signs of improper installation. From outside the vehicle:
Remember, the windshield does more than just keep out wind, water, and bugs; it helps keep you and your passengers safe in a collision. If you are seeking a qualified facility to repair or replace your windshield, one with NGA certified technicians, OEM quality replacement glass and adhesives, and convenient mobile service at home or work, visit www.myautoglass.org, the Web site of the Coalition for Auto Glass Safety and Public Awareness (CASPA).