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Auto Glass Safety

The Cutting Edge Auto Glass receives and follows manufacturer’s bulletins and participates with regular training classes from automobile manufacturers and makers of auto glass adhesives.

In today’s automotive industry, auto glass is considered to be a structural component in automobiles. Your auto relies on its glass to resist crushing on impact or in the event of a roll-over and helps to keep you and yours within the vehicle during an accident. Therefore, windshields and other auto glass must be properly installed and stay in place so airbags function properly and safely during a crash.

cracked windshield shows how auto glass is designed to be safety glassYour windshield is designed such that it keeps passengers within the vehicle during an accident. Passenger airbags also rely on a windshield for proper function. These airbags use a windshield as sort of a “backstop” during deployment. Therefore, the windshield must stand up against the force of the airbag during deployment and remain in its proper position. Correct installation of your windshield is therefore imperative in order for this to happen.

Auto glass must be properly installed in order the passenger compartment of your vehicle resists crushing during roll-over accidents.

Auto glass is supposed to meet Federal Safety Standards. The United States (U.S.) Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards describe the required performance of a windshield in these types of accidents. Standard 205 refers to occupant retention, 216 refers to roll-over rigidity and 218 refers to passenger airbags. The Cutting Edge Auto Glass installation procedures have been derived in order these standards are upheld and your new auto glass performs these vital functions.


Why Auto Glass is Considered Safety Glass

A Brief History of Auto Glass

Safety Tips



Why Auto Glass is Considered Safety Glass

1. Windshields are made of laminated glass comprising three layers (in some cases more layers i.e. acoustic layered windshields), two outer sheets of glass combined with a clear polyvinyl butyral center bonded in-between. The plastic inner layer(s) reduces the chance of occupant penetration in a crash and keeps the glass from separating into flying shards during a crash. Some side and back glasses are laminated as well.

2. Most door glasses and back glasses are tempered. This means the glass is a solid sheet, heated and quickly cooled during the manufacturing process. Tempering creates hardness in the outer surface and inner core of the window. As a result, the glass will shatter into square-shaped pebble-size pieces rather than sharp shards during an accident. Thereby greatly reducing the risk of laceration and abrasion.


 
A Brief History of Auto Glass

Old cars like the model T didn't have safety glassIn the beginning, windshields were considered a luxury. Most drivers sported goggles and were exposed to the elements and driving conditions of the time (i.e. wind, rain, mud splashes, road dust, snow and flying debris).

In 1903, a French Chemist Edouard Benedictus stumbled onto shatter-resistant glass. However, laminated auto glass wasn’t implemented until the 1920’s.

In 1927, laminated windshields were introduced and thus greatly reduced the number of serious injuries and deaths during automobile crashes.

By 1929, nine out of 10 cars were equipped with glass all around and driving became an all-weather activity.

In addition to laminated glass, automakers began use of tempered glass in the late 1930's.

By 1970, the U.S. government formed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which began implementing regulations affecting all areas of vehicle safety, including auto glass.


 
Safety Tips

Immediately replace your cracked windshield and other glass in order your vision is not obscured/distracted. Some cracks can be repaired (such as damage caused by rock/stone chips) while others require glass to be replaced. Consult with an auto glass technician for a professional opinion.

Keep your windshield and other auto glasses clean. Maintain proper levels of washer fluid, deicer, a clean squeegee and a dry towel at all times. Clean and properly functional auto glass may someday save your life and the lives of those you love most.

Replace your wiper blades at first sign of wear or at least twice annually. Never use damaged wiper blades on your windshield or run the risk of permanent damage to the glass.

For questions regarding our services or auto glass, please call us at 903-461-3959 or 972-341-7756
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The Cutting Edge Auto Glass proudly serves the following communities in northeast Texas:

Auto Glass Service in Dallas Auto Glass Service in Greenville
Auto Glass Service in Lone Oak
Auto Glass Service in Sachse
Auto Glass Service in McKinney Auto Glass Service in Quinlan
Auto Glass Service in The Colony
Auto Glass Service in Sherman
Auto Glass Service in Garland Auto Glass Service in Kaufman
Auto Glass Service in Richardson
Auto Glass Service in Rockwall
Auto Glass Service in Carrollton
Auto Glass Service in Wylie
Auto Glass Service in Addison
Auto Glass Service in Heath
Auto Glass Service in Fairview Auto Glass Service in Cooper
Auto Glass Service in Wolfe City Auto Glass Service in Denison
Auto Glass Service in Sulphur Springs Auto Glass Service in Caddo Mills
Auto Glass Service in Forney Auto Glass Service in Alba
Auto Glass Service in Royse City Auto Glass Service in Grand Saline
Auto Glass Service in Fate Auto Glass Service in Mesquite
Auto Glass Service in Plano Auto Glass Service in Blue Ridge
Auto Glass Service in Terrell Auto Glass Service in Emory
Auto Glass Service in Commerce Auto Glass Service in Melissa
Auto Glass Service in Princeton Auto Glass Service in Farmersville
Auto Glass Service in Frisco Auto Glass Service in Allen



The Cutting Edge Auto Glass proudly serves the following northeast Texas counties with quality windshield repair, windshield replacement, rock chip repair, Window motor/regulator replacement, free mobile service, insurance claims and other auto glass services: Collin County, Dallas County, Delta County, Ellis County, Grayson County, Hopkins County, Hunt County, Kaufman County, Rains County, Rockwall County and Van Zandt County.

The Cutting Edge Auto Glass proudly serves the following communities in Oklahoma:

Auto Glass Service in Calera Oklahoma Auto Glass Service in Durant Oklahoma
Auto Glass Service in Colbert Oklahoma
Auto Glass Service in Hugo Oklahoma


The Cutting Edge Auto Glass proudly serves the Bryan County Oklahoma and Choctaw County Oklahoma counties with quality windshield repair, windshield replacement, rock chip repair, Window motor/regulator replacement, free mobile service, insurance claims and other auto glass services.