We’ve mentioned how windshield repair is more than a money saver in our first blog post, and one reason is due to the safety functions of the windshield and factory seal. Here’s some more to think about…
The Urethane Seal that keeps your windshield in your vehicle creates a bond so strong that the vehicle designers use it to help hold the roof up. Glass is very strong and much lighter than steel, so since the 70′s auto companies have used more glass and less steel to help support the roof. The upside is increased gas mileage, but the downside is that in the case of a roll over accident, the roof is much weaker if the urethane seal is compromised. It is very difficult to replicate the factory seal and oftentimes a replaced windshield will be ejected in an accident, allowing the roof to crush an occupant! It is much more unlikely for an original factory seal to fail, so it is always safest to keep the original windshield if possible by using windshield repair.
Another major reason to keep the original seal is the passenger side airbag. The way modern airbags work is to deflect off of the windshield before inflating toward the passenger- if the urethane seal is weak or compromised, this can actually EJECT the windshield, eliminating multiple safety functions and increasing the likelihood of injury or fatality in an accident.
All of these dangers can be prevented or reduced by using windshield repair.
For more information on the dangers of improper windshield replacement, please visit this link at glassBYTEs.com: NGA responds to 20/20 article about improper windshield replacement