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How do you make sure a replacement truck windshield complies with safety regulations?

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To ensure that a replacement truck windshield complies with safety regulations, get original equipment glass rather than an aftermarket replacement. Have an installer with Auto Glass Safety Council certification do the installation, and ensure that he uses certified adhesives and procedures.

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OEM windshields undergo rigorous tests to ensure they meet the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. Aftermarket windshields also have to meet certain standards, but the quality and fit of the glass may not match that of the original manufacturer for your specific truck model.

Proper installation also ensures the windshield performs effectively and meets regulations. You can arrange installation at the truck’s dealership outlets. For a cheaper alternative, find an installer that is certified by the Auto Glass Safety Council in your area.

During installation, the installer should use only certified adhesives to bond the windshield. High-quality urethane adhesives that the truck manufacturer approves also undergo Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards testing, making them safer than aftermarket adhesives.

The procedures followed in installation should also meet industry standards. The adhesive must receive adequate time to bond before moving the truck, and the workmanship should be clean, with straight molding and no debris remaining on the windshield. Maintain the receipt for the windshield replacement for the truck’s next safety inspection.

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