Proper Windshield Installation is a #1 Priority for Vehicle Safety.

When it comes to vehicle safety, proper windshield installation is absolutely key! There are few components that play as crucial of a role as the windshield. Not only does it provide structural integrity to your car, but it also serves as a critical element in maintaining clear visibility while protecting passengers from external elements. At Auto Glass 2020, with our bases in Chandler and Phoenix, AZ, we understand that a properly installed windshield is essential for overall vehicle safety and functionality. This blog will explore the importance of proper windshield installation and its implications on vehicle safety, particularly focusing on how it interacts with advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS).

Proper Windshield Installation & The Role of Windshields in Vehicle Safety.

windshield does more than just offer a clear view of the road. It contributes significantly to the structural strength of the vehicle cabin and plays a vital role in airbag deployment during collisions. In the event of an accident, the windshield helps prevent the roof from caving in, offering critical protection to the occupants inside. Therefore, ensuring that your windshield is correctly installed and maintained is not just about visibility—it’s a key safety feature.

Structural Integrity

The integrity of your windshield is paramount. In frontal impacts, the windshield provides up to 45% of the structural integrity of the cabin in a car and up to 60% in a rollover accident. A properly installed windshield will help preserve the car’s structural integrity, reducing the risk of injury in a crash.

Airbag Functionality

Windshields are closely linked to the proper deployment of airbags. In many vehicles, the passenger airbag inflates upward and then bounces off the windshield to protect the front passenger in a collision. A windshield that is improperly installed may detach during a crash, causing the airbag to deploy outwardly and compromising passenger safety.

The Critical Link Between Windshields and ADAS.

Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS) are designed to enhance vehicle safety and driving comfort by providing technologies that alert the driver to potential problems and avoid collisions. Features such as automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assistance, and others rely heavily on sensors that, in many cases, are integrated into the windshield.

Calibration of ADAS

When a windshield is replaced, it is imperative that any ADAS components integrated into or relying on the windshield are calibrated accurately. ADAS capabilities are so crucial to safety that Arizona legislative bodies have enacted ADAS Calibration laws in Arizona. Calibration involves adjusting the parameters of the camera and sensors to capture the correct field of view and provide accurate data to the ADAS functionalities. Incorrect calibration can lead to malfunctions in these systems, potentially increasing the risk of an accident.

At Auto Glass 2020, we ensure that every windshield replacement includes a thorough calibration of ADAS components to maintain the high functionality of these systems. This process is critical for ensuring that all safety features continue to function as intended after a windshield replacement.

Choosing the Right Glass and Adhesive

Not all auto glass is created equal. For windshield replacements, especially in vehicles equipped with ADAS, it is crucial to use OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) or OEM-equivalent glass. This type of glass not only fits better but also has the exact properties needed to support the functionality of ADAS.

The quality of the adhesive used is also crucial. The windshield must be bonded with a high-quality urethane adhesive to ensure that it stays in place in the event of a collision and provides the necessary support for airbag deployment. At Auto Glass 2020, we use only the highest quality materials for installations to ensure maximum safety and performance.

The Importance of Professional Installation.

While some vehicle repairs can be DIY, windshield replacement is not one of them. Proper installation of a windshield requires technical expertise and precision. Professional installers are trained to handle the complexities of windshield replacement, including the handling of ADAS and other technical aspects.

What to Expect from Professional Windshield Installation

  1. Assessment: Professionals begin by assessing the type of windshield damage and deciding whether a repair or replacement is necessary.
  2. Removal: The existing windshield is removed carefully to avoid damage to the vehicle.
  3. Preparation: The frame of the car is cleaned and prepared for the new windshield.
  4. Installation: The new windshield is meticulously aligned and installed using high-quality adhesives.
  5. Calibration: If the vehicle is equipped with ADAS, the system will be calibrated to ensure all functionalities are fully operational.
  6. Quality Check: A thorough check is conducted post-installation to ensure everything is perfectly in place.

Why Choose Auto Glass 2020?

At Auto Glass 2020, located in Chandler and Phoenix, AZ, we specialize in windshield replacement and ADAS calibration. Our team of certified technicians ensures that every installation meets the highest standards of quality and safety. We understand the critical role windshields play in vehicle safety and are committed to providing our customers with reliable, high-quality service.

A properly installed windshield is vital for maintaining the safety, functionality, and integrity of your vehicle. It supports crucial safety systems like airbags and ADAS, helping to protect you and your passengers. For professional windshield replacement and ADAS calibration , trust Auto Glass 2020 – where your safety is our priority.

For more information or to schedule a service, head over to Auto Glass 2020 or call us at 480-283-7751! Remember, when it comes to safety, never compromise.