Many of us, when we’re unlucky enough to need our windshield replaced, shop around to find the best price; or we rely on our insurance company to recommend an installer. But getting a windshield installed is not like buying things like a TV or toaster…shopping by price does not necessarily compare apples to apples.
Many of us are not aware that our windshield is one of the most important safety restraint systems in our vehicle. It allows the airbags to deploy in the correct position to cushion passengers and keeps the roof from crushing during a rollover.
Did you know the windshield is a “backstop” for airbags? When a passenger-side airbag deploys it is held in place by the windshield to protect the passenger from going head first into the glass during a crash. The airbags deploy at speeds of 150 - 200 mph. If a windshield is cracked, installed improperly, or not the same quality as the original, the ability to perform this important job properly will be compromised. Accidents like this could unnecessarily result in a major injury for the passenger.