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Old 12-03-2008, 09:09 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by CrawfordGene View Post
Dennis, you've got better insurance than we do. Windshield coverage costs more than a windshield here, so we chose high deductible comprehensive. Your state probably has a more consumer oriented insurance dept. than we do here. Still can't believe you've never had a ding before. I wish I could say that. Some people believe the windshields are not as strong as they used to be and that's especially true with some replacement ones, so they go bad faster. Check to see if Safelite is using OEM (original equipment) windshield as they are usually better than others.

Thats very true Gene,

There are many different windshield manufactures available to the aftermarket arena. In some cases they are garbage. The fit is improper or you can see waves through the glass as you look through it a different angles. Most people dont know that the windsheild is actually a component of the SRS system (airbag). On many vehicles and on im not sure in your case but when the passenger side airbag deploys the bag pushes through the dashboard area where the manufacture has carefully hinged the flap upwards towards the glass. You cant see it but its always lightly seamed so it tears the vinyl dash to open. When the flap is fully flipped away it rests against the glass. This is why you always see the passenger side glass blown out like someones head went through it. Imagine a full frontal hit of your car into something (hopefully never happens) and the glass falls out because the installer didnt use the right sealer or it didnt fit right and only sealed in a few area's. If the glass isnt there to hold the flap in the right position the passenger side airbag now inflates towards the roof area and not into the seating area where it should be. Its now possible that the occupant can get seriously hurt or worse. Thats why you should always insist when a windshield needs replacement you go with factory glass. If its necessary to be part of the SRS system there will be a small airbag symbol stamped on the glass. Insurance companies know this but will often go with a cheaper option.
Sorry for the long explanation.. glad it was just a chip..


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