Ask these important questions of any shop before giving them the job. (Mouse-over each question to view the recommended answer.)
Are you an AGSC-Registered Member Company?
We recommend that you always use an AGSC Registered Member Company for your auto glass replacements. AGSC Registered Member Companies not only agree to abide by the ANSI/AGSC/AGRSS™ Standard (AGRSS Standard) but they also regularly undergo extensive on-site validation audits performed by an independent third-party auditor.
Do all the materials you use meet or exceed ANSI Z 26.1 and all pertinent Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards?
AGSC Registered Member Companies have agreed to use products that meet or exceed ANSI Z 26.1, all pertinent Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and the AGRSS™ Standard.
Does your adhesive manufacturer certify you, and who is the manufacturer of the adhesive?
AGSC Registered Member Companies are required, according to the AGRSS™ Standard, to be certified by their adhesive manufacturer on a regular basis.
What type of warranty can I expect?
We recommend that you always be aware of the warranty for your auto glass installation should there be one.
How soon after my glass is replaced will I be able to use my vehicle?
AGSC Registered Member Companies are required, according to the AGRSS™ Standard, to notify you both before and after your windshield installation of the safe drive away time for your vehicle. The safe drive away time is the amount of time necessary for a given adhesive system to attain drive-away strength after an adhesive bonded glass part is set in place. The amount of time can vary depending on several factors (i.e. weather, humidity, elevation). Adhesive manufacturers provide the safe drive away time, based on the varying factors, in their adhesive instruction manuals.
Watch this video of how your windshield plays a role in the effectiveness of your vehicles air-bag.
The windshield provides a significant amount of strength to the structural support in the cabin of the vehicle. For instance, in a front end collision the windshield provides up to 45% of the structural integrity of the cabin of the vehicle and in a rollover, up to 60%.
Think about that for just a moment. How would you like for over half of the force of a collision to be absorbed by YOU because your windshield flew out in an accident? It happens more times than most of us are aware.
The windshield is an integral part of the safety restraint system in your car. It keeps the roof from crushing in on you in a rollover, it allows the airbags to deploy in the correct position to cushion passengers, and prevents you and your family from being ejected in a serious collision. It’s important to your family’s safety that the automotive glass in your vehicle be installed properly.
Safewindshields.org™ is dedicated to providing information about proper automotive glass replacement and is owned and managed by the Auto Glass Safety Council.
The Auto Glass Safety Councilis a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to the safe replacement of automotive glass. The Auto Glass Safety Councilwas founded and is supported by automotive glass companies and other organizations that keep vehicle safety as their primary goal. Its mission is to make every automotive glass replacement a safe one. It does so by:
Developing and maintaining standards for the safe replacement of automotive glass;
Providing an industry-wide accreditation program; and
By educating the driving public.
Automotive glass, especially the windshield, has become an important part of the safety envelope in your vehicle. Proper automotive glass replacement is important to maintain the structural integrity and safety features of the vehicle. As an educated consumer, you’ll want to do everything you can to insure your automotive glass is replaced using the proper procedures and that the company doing the work is registered with the Auto Glass Safety Council™ (AGSC).