When it comes to glass and mirror care for your car, keeping the surfaces as clean as possible provides you with the most unobstructed view. This may be an important safety measure, but it’s still pretty basic information. After all what else do you need to know?

Believe it or not, there’s plenty. What happens if a window goes off its track? What should you do if your windshield or one of your mirrors takes on a small crack? Have it replaced right away? Or wait?

When it comes to maintaining the integrity of your automobile’s windows and mirrors, you’ve come to the right place. Take a closer look, and see if you don’t agree.

Your windshield - A clear safety benefit
Your windshield does more than keep you warm and dry: It also serves as a critical component of your car's safety system. If not installed properly, however, it can come out during a collision and lead to serious injury.

"If your windshield must be replaced, it's important to seek a quality installation to ensure that the safety aspects of your windshield remain intact," says Paul Rice, director of PPG PROSTARS, a nationwide alliance of certified auto glass technicians. "In addition, a hurried windshield replacement process, poor quality glass, or improper adhesive selection or use can lead to such annoying problems as air whistles, water leaks, rust, distorted vision, heating or cooling discomfort."

Today's windshields are made of laminated safety glass and manufactured for optimum safety in the event of a crash. They keep occupants inside the vehicle during impact, and provide a back board for the inflating passenger's side air bag. They also provide car roof support, in case of rollover. For these reasons, the quality of glass used in your replacement windshield is also important.

"Be sure that your replacement windshield is produced by an original equipment manufacturer (OEM)" says Russ Corsi, PPG's manager, technical services. "This will assure that your replacement will fit properly in the window frame, increasing safety and giving your car the same appearance as your car's original windshield."

How can you avoid the pitfalls of a poorly installed windshield? "Be informed on what to look for," states Bob Beranek, president, utomotive Glass Consultants. "Choose certified installation professionals who use OEM products and provide you with a written warranty."

For a PPG PROSTARS shop close to you and other useful safety tips, visit the web site at www.ppgprostars.com or call 1-866-2-THEPROS.

PPG PROSTARS auto glass professionals do the job right, the first time, to avoid service problems down the road.

PPG Earns Good Housekeeping Seal for
Automotive Replacement Glass

PPG Industries has received the Good Housekeeping Seal for its automotive replacement glass.

"The seal of approval has come to signify the means of distinguishing the very best in any field," said PPG's Robert Chimka, director of marketing and development, automotive replacement glass. "We are very proud that PPG automotive replacement glass has received this distinction."

Founded in 1900, The Good Housekeeping Institute, which issues the seal, is the consumer product evaluation laboratory of Good Housekeeping magazine. Since numerous brands in the marketplace make their own claims and promises, the added review process of the Good Housekeeping Seal gives consumers an additional tool to use in product selection.

PPG is a leading manufacturer of original equipment and replacement auto glass. According to Chimka, "When car owners have a windshield or window replaced with PPG products, they can be assured that more than 75 years of experience in manufacturing original equipment glass help make PPG replacement glass parts the best available. With the Good Housekeeping Seal, they now know that our parts meet the quality assurance standards of one of America's leading consumer authorities."

PPG automotive replacement glass is available through most glass installers, including those participating in PPG PROSTARS, a national alliance of automotive replacement glass shops. PPG PROSTARS participants provide quality in-shop and mobile service by certified auto glass technicians backed by a nationwide warranty.

PPG, headquartered in Pittsburgh, is North America's oldest maker of flat glass. In addition to producing glass for automotive, aircraft and architectural applications, PPG is a global manufacturer of coatings, chemicals and fiber glass.

For a PPG PROSTARS shop close to you and other useful safety tips, visit the web site at www.ppgprostars.com or call 1-866-2-THEPROS.
Garry Goudy, PPG's vice president of automotive replacement glass, watches as Susan Brumbaugh, demonstrates one of many quality checks performed on the company's replacement windshields.

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