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More Than Just a Cracked Windshield

Why is a cracked (or improperly installed) windshield dangerous?

1. Your windshield prevents you from being ejected during an accident.

The safest place to be during a car accident is in the car. Your windshield is an important barrier that keeps you in the car. If you don't replace your windshield, a cracked windshield (or a poorly installed windshield) can fail during a collision or rollover, allowing you or your passenger to be ejected. A passenger ejected from a car or truck is much more likely to experience a serious injury or death. Cracked windshields expose the laminate that joins the layers of glass in the windshield, resulting in delamination. It is this delamination that results in a dangerous reduction in the structural integrity of a vehicle.
Repairing Truck Windshield — glass replacement in Haltom, TX
Repairing car windshield — glass replacement in Haltom, TX
2. Your windshield is a “backstop” for your passenger side air bags.

In nearly all new vehicles equipped with air bags, the passenger side air bag deploys upward and bounces off the windshield glass to protect the passenger in a crash. When the air bag deploys, it does so at 150-200 miles per hour. Needless to say, a cracked windshield lacks the structural integrity necessary to absorb the force of a deployed air bag; the result is that passengers may be ejected and injured or killed if the air bag deployment is deformed by the windshield’s failure. In addition, an improper windshield replacement that fails will subject a vehicle’s occupants to the same risk of air bag failure as a cracked windshield.
3. Your windshield supports the roof.

An automobile's windshield is designed to prevent the roof from crushing you in a rollover accident. It's important to promptly replace your windshield, because a cracked windshield will not meet any of the American National Standards Institute’s windshield performance and safety standards. Industry experts have estimated that windshields provide up to 70 percent of the structural integrity in a rollover accident. A cracked windshield may fail to support the roof if the car flips over, causing severe injury or death to occupants.

At Auto Glass Center, we commit to having your vehicle back to factory specifications after we replace your windshield by using professionally trained personnel and OEM and OEME parts.