This car windscreen error is an ‘accident waiting to happen’ and could cost you £300 – Express
Drivers are being warned about a simple car windscreen mistake they could make which could have huge repercussions for their car’s safety.
Volvo Car UK has issued a wanted to motorists that own one of their cars to only use official windscreen parts when getting it replace.
The reason for this is to ensure that drivers stay safe and also so the functions of the car all work correctly.
A spokesman said: “A Volvo genuine windscreen is manufactured to the same specifications as the windscreen originally assembled in the car and offers perfect fit, exact tolerances and maximum precision.
“Aftermarket alternatives that don’t meet these exact specifications may affect the car’s passive safety technology as well as active safety functions such as City Safety.”
Rupert Armitage, managing director of Auto Windscreens, stated earlier this month that a growing number of cars are being fitted with aftermarket windscreens.
He stated that vehicles fitted with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are an ‘accident waiting to happen.’
The reason for this is that non original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts are not being recalibrated properly or at all.
He stated that sensor recalibration should be a regulated part of the process.
He said: “I believe it is only a matter of time before we begin to see similar instances here in the UK, as there is still not enough being done within our industry to ensure driver safety is maintained and that ADAS are performing as the manufacturer intended after a windscreen replacement; it’s an accident waiting to happen.
“Our industry needs to take responsibility for recalibration and view it as part of the windscreen repair journey, not as an optional extra.
“Regulation would support this and is something we are pushing for.
“From the outset, customers should be given clear information as to why recalibration is needed as soon as possible after glass is replaced and have this organised on their behalf as part of their windscreen claim.
“It is not good enough to send drivers on their way with little or no information about why recalibration is essential and having signed a disclaimer that takes all responsibility away from the automotive glazing company.
“We have a duty of care to our customers and must leave them in cars that won’t be involved in a collision owing to failing ADAS as a result of our work.”
It’s not just an issue of recalibration of ADAS as using non-standard parts could also cost as much as £300.
A Defaqto report certain ca manufacturers have rules related to chips and cracking and while most insurers cover it, not all of them do.
Some policies are charging as much as £50 for a repair and as much as £150 towards a windscreen replacement.
Over half (59 per cent) do not apply an excess claim, 16 per cent apply an excess of less than £15 and nine per cent apply an excess of £15-£24 and just one per cent if insurers charged drivers £50 or more.
Replacing the entire windscreen is more expensive with 19 per cent applying an excess between £60-£74.
A further 52 per cent are applying an excess between £75 – £99. Those with Third Party, Fire and Theft (TPFT) policies may not have cover at all, with 83 per cent not including cover.
One error drivers could make is by using a ‘non-approved’ repairer. If you use a non-approved retailer, the excess could be as much as £300.