The proper manufacturing and correct fitting of windscreens are important factors to keep the passengers of a motor vehicle safe, says Bernice Bailey, marketing director of the PG Group.
She reacted on newspaper reports of a six-month-old baby that was slung through the windscreen of a car in which it was a passenger when the car apparently collided with a tree.
This windscreen was an imported windscreen and was not manufactured by Shatterprufe in South Africa.
Bailey warns that inferior, ill fitting windscreens will pop out in an accident situation and put passengers at risk of being flung out of the vehicle. It can aggravate injuries and increase the possibility that the vehicle roll over them and crush them in the process.
“Shatterprufe windscreens, manufactured by the PG Group in South Africa with the utmost precision, and using only the best materials can save your life in these circumstances. Indeed, it saves lives regularly in accidents on SA roads.”
Bailey said the PG Group is committed to the promotion of road safety in South Africa and pointed out a number of other disparities between inferior windscreens and Shatterprufe.
Virgin vinyl only
- Some non-original equipment (non-OE) manufacturers use recycled vinyl to bind the two glass components of a windscreen or use sub-standard glass specifications. In an accident situation, occupant’s heads can penetrate the windscreen resulting in severe lacerations to the face and head. Shatterprufe® only uses virgin vinyl and manufacturers according to SABS and original equipment (OE) glass specifications.
- Ill fitting windscreens can also pop out on impact. This results in the airbag flying out of the window causing the passenger being crushed against the dashboard. Shatterprufe® provides a solid area for the airbag to deploy effectively thus protecting the occupants of the vehicle from serious injury.
- Shatterprufe® windscreens and correct fitment ensure that windscreens stay in place, which prevents the roof from caving in. This safety feature assists to prevent occupants in the vehicle from being crushed. Shatterprufe® provides up to 30% of the vehicle’s strength.
- Inferior, non-OE windscreens often are distorted, which causes eye fatigue whilst driving. Driving with a distorted windscreen during the day or night can cause optical distortion – causing objects to look closer or further away from you. Shatterprufe® windscreens are rigorously tested against distortions.
- Bailey confirmed that Shatterfrufe® and PG Glass would continue its ongoing commitment to, and education of the public regarding road safety.
Shatterprufe and PG Glass are both divisions of the PG Group.
[Always remember to Buckle -Up. Not only the driver but ALL passengers should be restrained with the vehicle!!]