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Press Release 062310

San Diego Windshield Repair Association (SDWRA)

Says Motorists With Cracked and Damaged

Windshields Are Placing Themselves in Harm's Way

Local Association and Insurance Companies Encourages Motorists with Damaged Windshields to Seek Advice of Auto Glass Technician (SAN DIEGO, June 23, 2010) – When consumers commonly think of safety in a new car or truck, safety belts, air bags, and anti-lock brakes will quickly come to mind. Fact is: a vehicle's windshield also plays a pivotal role in overall automobile safety. According to AAA, windshields not only support the roof of your vehicle during an accident, but they also keep drivers and their passengers from being ejected during collisions, help to keep the passenger compartment from crushing during roll-overs and to keep all passengers inside the car during vehicle crashes, especially when combined with use of seat belts. "Driving with a damaged or cracked windshield can hinder a motorist's visibility and also compromise the structural integrity of the automobile during a roll-over incident," said Program Development Manager of the Auto Club's Approved Auto Repair Program Dave Skaien. "Properly installed windshields stay in place for passenger side airbags to function properly in a crash as well," he added. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration suggests that over 40,000 Americans are killed and more than 5 million injured every year in highway crashes. Thirty percent of the passenger vehicle occupant fatalities stem from an occupant being ejected or injured in a roll-over. "This suggests windshield integrity may be a crucial factor in crash survivability," Skaien said. The Interinsurance Exchange of the Automobile Club receives approximately 400 calls a month from its insureds seeking repair or replacement of damaged windshields on vehicles. Motorists with cracked or damaged windshields should immediately seek the advice of an auto glass technician that is certified by the National Glass Association (NGA) or similar certification organization, such as the NWRA or locally, the SDWRA. Is Your Windshield Protecting You? The San Diego Windshield Repair Association is a trade association of auto glass professionals here in San Diego that provides technicians with certification criteria that meets the industry standards on windshield replacement and installation. Visit www.SDWRA.org and search for a certified local technician. # # # San Diego Windshield Repair Association www.SDWRA.org Proper Repair is Crucial! We are committed to educating the public about proper repair techniques. MAKE SURE YOU CHOOSE A PROFESSIONAL WINDSHIELD REPAIR FACILITY! MAKE SURE YOUR WINDSHIELD REPAIR TECHNICIAN IS EXPERIENCED! The mission of the San Diego Windshield Repair Association is to: * Promote and develop the legitimacy of windshield repair as the first option for glass restoration service; * Provide and promote best practices for those engaged in San Diego windshield repair; * Provide the public with benefits of glass repair; * Provide education, resources and information about chip repair; * Follow and promote Nationally qualified, ethical repair practices: * To serve as an advocate for the San Diego windshield repair industry * To promote safe and proper glass services to consumers in accordance with all applicable standards and laws --- end ---ervices to consumers in accordance with all applicable standards and laws History The San Diego Windshield Repair Association is recognized locally and nationally as a professional source of reliable information on the San Diego windshield repair industry. Interested parties including commercial, government and trade organizations have come to SDWRA for information and consultation. We are the only trade association in San Diego devoted solely to the San Diego windshield repair industry. CLICK HERE FOR A LIST OF SDWRA MEMBER COMPANIES
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