Many people think that a windshield rock chip or crack are mere cosmetic issues that can wait, or be ignored until they become much worse.
Having a windshield chip or crack repaired can safeguard you and your passengers from:
A loss of structural integrity in a front-end collision - When a windshield is intact, it helps transfer the force of a front-end impact down to the vehicle chassis. This lessens the effect felt transferred to the inside of the car and helps protect the driver and passengers. If your car's windshield is cracked and it shatters during a collision, you and any other occupants are at a greater risk of sustaining injuries.
A greater likelihood of injury during a roll-over accident - An undamaged windshield adds vital structural support that can keep a car's roof from caving in if the vehicle flips over. A crack in the glass can weaken the windshield, and if it breaks and the roof is crushed, the occupants may be seriously injured.
An increased risk of ejection from an accident impact - If the occupants' seat belts aren't fastened when a collision takes place, the windshield can keep them from being forcefully thrown from the car. A windshield with a minor crack or chip that shatters on impact doesn't offer any protection.
Ineffective airbag deployment - In many cars, the windshield is an essential ingredient in the proper deployment of the passenger side airbag. When a collision triggers deployment, the windshield is the backstop that makes the airbag inflate toward the passenger. The force of an airbag deployment can shatter a cracked or chipped windshield. If that happens, the bag may inflate out through the opening, and the passenger won't have the protection of the bag or an intact windshield.
Contact Magic Glass in Prescott today and we will restore your windshield or replace it to keep you and your passengers safe while you are driving. We are conveniently located at 720 6th Street in Prescott, next ABC Auto Body and near the Foxworth-Galbraith home store. Call us today at 928-541-0101. If you have auto insurance with comprehensive coverage, your windshield repair or replacement will likely cost you nothing!