Chips, Cracks, & Breaks


Spontaneous Windshield Breakage

By Katherine Coig

One of Kelly Blue Book’s top picks for best family car, the Subaru Outback (a multi-year winner), is currently the subject of a lawsuit. The reason? Spontaneous windshield breakage. It sounds unlikely, but numerous Outback and Legacy owners have filed complaints with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) regarding the issue. The manufacturer responded […]

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Attacking the Glass: When Road Rage Leads to a Broken Windshield

By Penny Stacey

Road rage is quite common and we’ve all heard terrible stories about drivers with road rage attacking other drivers and/or their vehicles. In quite a few of these instances, the vehicle’s windshield is often the first target. So, what qualifies as road rage? The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) defines road rage as “aggressive […]

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Heat and Windshield Breakage

By Penny Stacey

The nice weather of summer can be great for barbecues, pool parties and more, but it can be hard on your windshield. Your windshield is more likely to crack—and cracks are more likely to spread—when the temperature changes. Temperature changes cause glass to expand and contract, which can make your windshield a bit more fragile. […]

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Windshield Safety: How Safe is my Windshield?

By Tara Taffera

Riding along the road on a normal day, drivers don’t typically worry about their windshield. But what happens if they are in a crash, the vehicle rolled over or even if the airbag deployed. Would that windshield stay in place? The answer is yes, it should. But there are many factors that affect windshield safety. […]

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When Animals Attack … Your Windshield, That Is

By Penny Stacey

We all do our best to avoid animals on the road (or even flying around the roadways) but sometimes it happens. You don’t see the animal in time to avoid it, or you see it but know it would be dangerous to swerve, and your windshield ends up broken. We often see stories in the […]

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Strange Objects Cause Windshield Damage in Many Cases

By Daniel Snow

Windshield Damage is Typical It’s unlikely you’ve gone your entire life without ever having a damaged windshield- a rock chip at the very least. Windshield breakage typically happens one every eight years on average, but we see or hear about thousands of cases every day—some of them a bit more bizarre than others. Rocks aren’t […]

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Causes of Sunroof Explosions

By Penny Stacey

Broken sunroofs can be common, but the reasons for them vary. Have you ever heard of an exploding sunroof, or been in a car when one did? Though still rare, the number of exploding sunroofs reported has increased and with them has come lawsuits against car manufacturers. and many lawsuits filed against car manufacturers concerning […]

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Why Did Mercedes Recommend Only its Own Glass for Windshield Replacement?

By Trey Barrineau

Recently, Mercedes Benz USA issued a statement in which it “strongly recommends” that drivers who need to get a windshield replaced only use Mercedes Benz products. Why is that? The automaker says glass made by other companies does not meet the exacting specifications of Mercedes Benz glass, adding that aftermarket glass often does not contain […]

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Repairing and Replacing Sunroofs and Sliders

By Ellen Rogers

For many drivers, sunroofs are the next best thing to a convertible. They allow you to enjoy a beautiful day, streaming fresh air and sunlight into the vehicle. But just like any other piece of glass, they can also break. What do you do when this happens? Here are a few tips from some industry experts.

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Can You Fill a Chip in a Windshield?

By Trey Barrineau

A windshield that’s completely shattered obviously has to be replaced. But what do you do when it’s just cracked?

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