Why safe installation practices are important
By rgadmin on June 11, 2015
Car Windshields are Safety Devices
You don’t need to be an expert in auto glass safety to get your windshield repair or replacement performed properly. You just need to know the right questions to ask. If you live in Minneapolis or St. Paul, Rapid Glass can help you understand why we are so proud of the services we offer. We have dedicated ourselves to providing safe windshield replacement to Minneapolis drivers, and with that dedication comes the responsibility to inform. If you’ve never had to repair or replace a windshield before, we can walk you through our safety procedures.
Airbag timing – As part of a vehicle’s structure, the windshield is a critical determinant of proper airbag timing. In a crash, an improperly installed windshield may cause an airbag to deploy too early or too late. In either case, the safety of the occupants may be compromised.
Airbag retention – On impact the windshield acts as a brace to support the passenger side airbag. If the windshield separates, the airbag does not have a constrained space, and it is not effective in protecting the occupant.
The windshield is intended to keep unrestrained occupants inside the vehicle. In a crash, an improperly installed windshield may fail to hold and detach from its frame, allowing any passengers in the vehicle to be ejected, which increases each occupant’s chances for serious or even fatal injuries.
Structural Integrity – The windshield is an important part of a vehicle’s energy management systems, which directs crash energy around the occupant compartment. If the windshield is improperly installed, the vehicle may crumple differently than the manufacturer intended, which may jeopardize occupants.
Rollover Strength – In a rollover accident, the windshield provides strength by helping to keep the roof from crushing in on any vehicle occupants. In some model designs, the windshield supplies up to 50% of the vehicle’s rollover strength.
Rapid Glass offers windshield repair and windshield replacement in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. Give us a call, and we’ll gladly answer all of your questions about windshield safety.