A recent recall in the automotive glass industry is a good reminder why it is important to recommend Auto Glass Safety Council™ (AGSC) Registered Member Companies to your insureds with auto glass claims.
In February, a voluntary recall was issued for certain aftermarket replacement windshields sold for use in 2014-2018 Toyota Highlander vehicles. The voluntary recall was issued by Fujian Wanda Automobile Glass Industry.
According to information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “the windshields have an attached wire harness that water may leak into, possibly causing damage to the vehicle’s Engine Control Module (ECM).”
So, how will a glass shop know if it has used any of these windshields? The current ANSI/AGSC/AGRSS™ Standard requires AGSC Registered Member Companies to show that they record identifiers and lot numbers for all glass and adhesives they use.
“It’s easy for an AGSC Registered Member to know if any of their customers are riding around with a defective part and need to be notified,” says AGSC president Debra Levy. “The AGSC Standard requires the materials to be tracked and AGSC Registered Members undergo periodic third-party audits to make sure they are doing so.”
To locate an AGSC Registered Member Shop in your or your customers’ area, visit www.safewindshields.org. The website features a simple zip code lookup to help you find a shop in any area.