Laminated glass side windows make emergency escapes difficult
“Most vehicle side windows are made with the aforementioned tempered glass, which shatters when it breaks, but more and more, auto manufacturers are building cars with laminated glass side windows. Laminated glass, which is engineered to lessen the chance of ejection in a crash, doesn’t respond to the normal vehicle escape tools and is “nearly impossible to break,” AAA stated.
AAA’s study found that while four of the six tested tools cracked the laminated glass, none broke it in a way that would allow someone to escape a sinking or burning vehicle.”
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It’s a bit ironic that the use of laminated glass for side windows in automobiles is supposed to help prevent ejection during an accident. Of course, the more resistant glass is to breakage the higher the chance of becoming trapped in a disabled vehicle becomes. While most automobile accidents occur on the road, there are incidents year-round of vehicles becoming submerged.
In case of a situation where the window glass can not be rolled down or broken, your best course of action is to remain calm and wait for the pressure to equalize in the vehicle. This will allow the door to open where you and the other occupants can exit safely.
The technicians at Advantage Auto Glass knows the difficulty that such accidents bring. If you’ve been in an auto accident, make sure to seek assistance immediately. Let us worry about the damage to your windows. Call us at 612-343-8984 or visit our website for more information.