Volume 13, Issue 2 - March/April 2011
Field of Vision
Safety: An Everyday Issue
We featured a look at the differences in original-equipment manufactured
(OEM) and aftermarket glass on page 18 of our November/December 2010 issue,
and the article generated so much response that a follow-up is included
in this issue on page
24. However, the article creates as many questions as it does answers.
No one really seems to know if, in the end, aftermarket glass can ever
reach the same quality level as OEM glass. Industry expert Bob Beranek
pointed out that there really are no specific standards created for aftermarket
glass, as Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 205 really was written
just up to the AGRSS Council to promote this important issue; safety really
is an everyday problem."
The Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standards (AGRSS) Council Inc. has
devoted years and years of work to the issue of proper windshield installations;
in fact, this year is the tenth anniversary of the date when the American
National Standards Institute formally approved the Standard. And this
year the group made a huge stride when it hired Dan Mock, formerly of
Glass Doctor, to serve as business development director and work full-time
at promoting the cause of safety inside and outside the industry.
Penny Stacey is the editor of AGRR™ magazine.