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An Incorrect Installation Could Cost You Your Life!

 

Recently a 22 year old young woman was ejected from her car during an accident - and flew 80 feet out of the front, through the windscreen which had popped out on impact. It had been replaced and improperly installed just a week before- leaving her unprotected, and costing the young woman her life!

Many others like her could be at risk from poorly installed windshields. Your vehicle's windshield is one of the most important safety components of your vehicle. Not only does it keep the wind and debris off your face while you drive, it provides structural support for your car- and this can prove critical in case of an accident.

So, how exactly does the windshield keep you safe? Even if you don't wear a seat belt, you are kept from being thrown out of the vehicle by the windshield. Studies show that three quarters of those thrown out of the vehicle during an accident don't survive...now that's reason enough to ensure that your windscreen installation is nothing less than perfect!

The majority of vehicles today rely on the bonding and the strength of the windscreen glass to help to position the airbags after they are deployed during a collision. This means that the urethane used to fix the glass must have cured well, and the glass itself must be strong enough to withstand sudden high pressures.

More than half of the roof crush protection of a vehicle depends on the windscreen - it ensures that the roof does not collapse in a rollover accident, crushing the occupants of the car. If the windshield glass pops out, then survival chances would be slim, to say the least.

All this means that the utmost care must be exercised while choosing the right technician, the right glass and the right adhesive for your Auto glass replacement. A certified and experienced technician knows the correct way to install your glass- and this can save your life in case of an accident. Be sure that you do your homework properly, and choose a well-reputed glass shop with qualified technicians.

Proper preparation of the glass and the body of the vehicle are very important as well. If there is any corrosion, all traces must be completely removed before attempting to fix the new glass, as otherwise the bonding will be compromised. The correct use of primer, the right adhesive and proper curing techniques will ensure that your installation is perfect. The adhesive must be cured properly before the car is driven, failing which the seal between the glass and the body of the vehicle could be weakened in some places. This could have disastrous consequences in the unfortunate event of a collision.

The right glass is obviously of critical importance. OEM (original equipment manufacturers) glass is made to stringent quality checks, and you can be sure that a replacement will keep up the standards of the original windscreen. If the glass itself isn't perfect, then the fitment can in turn be bad, and there could be noise or air or water leaks. If there is any kind of leakage at all, make sure you get it checked out right away!

Post a successful installation; make sure you do not wash your car for at least 24 hours so that the seal stays intact till it is fully cured. Remember to leave a small air gap above at least one window, to avoid pressure build up due to expansion of heated air within the vehicle. This could also weaken the seal.

When it comes to windshield replacement, nothing but the best will do!

 
 
 
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