| Your windshield is more important than you may realize!|
Why should you replace your cracked windshield or be concerned with an improperly installed windshield?
Your windshield prevents you from being ejected during an accident.
Your windshield is an important barrier that keeps you in the car during an accident. A cracked windshield (or a poorly installed windshield) can fail during a collision or roll over, allowing you or your passenger to be ejected. Cracked windshields expose the laminate that joins the layers of glass in the windshield, resulting in de-lamination. It is the de-lamination that is cause for a dangerous reduction in the structural integrity of a vehicle.
Your windshield is a "backstop" for your passenger side air bags.
Most new vehicles are equipped with airbags. The passenger side airbag deploys upward and bounces off the windshield to protect the passenger in an accident. When the airbag deploys, it does so at 150 - 200 mph. Therefore, if you have a cracked windshield, it may lack the structural integrity necessary to withstand the force of a deployed airbag. Passengers could be ejected, injured or killed if the airbag deployment is defective by the windshield's failure. An improperly installed windshield also puts occupants at risk because the airbag will not function properly if the windshield does not withstand the airbags deployment.
Your windshield supports the roof.
A windshield is designed to prevent the roof from crushing in a roll over accident. Industry experts estimate that an automobile's windshield provides up to 75% of the structural integrity in a roll over accident. A cracked windshield may fail to support the roof if a car flips over.