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At Cumberland County Auto Glass we not only want to provide excellent service for our customers we want to be able to help educate and protect them from unethical auto glass shops as well. We did the research for you and below are answers to all the questions you, as a consumer should know to avoid auto glass shops involved in auto glass chip repair, window crack repair, and windshield replacement scams, frauds and those who just don't value your safety.
Types Of Auto Glass
Front Windshield (Laminated) – Two pieces of glass fused together with a vinyl layer between them which keeps the windshield in one piece in the event of a breakage. Besides keeping the bugs out of your teeth, the front windshield provides 85 percent of the structural support to the roof in the event of a rollover and it also acts as a structure to bounce off in the event the front or passenger side airbags inflate during an accident, helping to keeping you safe.
Tempered Glass – Auto glass that shatters into very small pieces in the event of breakage. Tempered auto glass is used on side windows so that in the event a vehicle is submerged, the window can be broken and the passenger can escape through the opening.
CAUTION: Many auto manufacturers are starting to use laminated window glass for the side windows to keep passengers from being ejected from the vehicle in the event of an accident. This will make it next to impossible to break the window and escape if you are in a submerged car. Why are they doing this? From a safety perspective, there are more cases of passengers being ejected from vehicles during accidents than submerged vehicles.
In addition, it will also make it harder for thieves to break into vehicles.
If your side window has a stamp that says Laminated, or if you look down at it from the top of the window and see laminate in between two pieces of glass, you know you do not have tempered auto glass you have laminated door glass.
Government Regulations And Standards:
Auto glass installed into US-based vehicles must meet the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration standards (NHTSA). Looking at a windshield you will also see a DOT (Department Of Transportation) stamp along the bottom, which indicates the window meets the FMVSS 205 standards and is marketed as safety auto glass.