Windshields & Auto Glass: Overview

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Modified on 2009/10/14 21:40 by admin
The integrity of automobile windshields and other glass components of cars is a major consideration in determining the safety of a particular vehicle. Some manufacturers use higher quality glass materials than others. Such improved designs and materials can reduce injuries associated with head to glass contact. The conventional windshield, often referred to as the "HPR" (or High Penetration Resistant) windshield is credited with bringing about a major reduction in the frequency and severity of head and facial injuries that resulted from occupants being thrown against the windshield in crashes. The conventional windshield is a three-ply design consisting of two plies of glass sandwiched around a thin interply of plastic. The primary benefit of the HPR design was a large reduction in the more severe facial lacerations and fractures, with a more modest reduction in less severe, or minor lacerations. These benefits were attributed to improved production techniques which significantly increased the penetration resistance of the windshield. Occupant penetration of the windshield is generally associated with more severe injury. Unfortunately, some automobile manufacturers continue to use outdated designs, production processes, and inferior materials. Such practices may lead to more injuries and deaths than would otherwise occur.

If you have been injured by automobile glass it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your valuable legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.



See Also

  1. Automobiles & Other Vehicles
  2. Blindness
  3. Head & Brain Injury
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