May rioter finally charged in breaking residents windshield

“Police have arrested another person accused of committing crimes the night of the May 2020 riot.

Police say Johnson was later seen unlawfully entering a business through windows that had been broken by other looters. He allegedly took merchandise and threw it onto the sidewalk in front of the store.

That night, Johnson also allegedly stood in front of a resident’s vehicle in the area, along with other rioters. Police say they yelled at the driver and hit, kicked, and threw objects at the vehicle. Johnson is accused of jumping on the vehicle’s hood and walking up to the roof, stomping on the windshield and breaking glass before jumping off.

So far, 23 people have been arrested in connection with the riot investigation, which is ongoing. Additional arrests are anticipated. If you have any information, call the TIP line at 541-262-5388.”

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It took over 6 months but it looks like justice is finally getting served for this poor resident that was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Such incidents are a reminder that comprehensive auto insurance is always a good idea. While coverage for riots is something that was unheard of years ago, the increasing turmoil across the U.S. has lead to a surge in claims.

At IAS Auto Glass, we know how frustrating it can be when your windshield is damaged intentionally. That’s why we strive to make our auto glass service as convienent as possible. Call us at 952-797-437 to schedule an appointment.

Determining whether your windshield can be repaired

“Windshields are specially designed to provide structural support for the vehicle as well as to stand up to the stress of traveling on highways, but damage does inevitably occur. Windshields are actually made up of two layers of glass which sandwich an inner layer of automotive safety glass. This inner layer, called the lamination, serves to hold together the broken outer layers in the event of an accident. This is why windshields crack when struck by objects, yet do not fall apart and cave in upon the driver in most everyday circumstances.

Repair or Replace?

In general, most chips and cracks can be repaired, but it always depends upon four factors: the size, type, depth, and location of the damage. Results will vary based on age, amount of contamination, location & the severity of the damage.

A qualified auto glass repair technician must evaluate a number of factors before deciding whether your windshield is repairable. Each case is assessed on an individual basis, and a determination is made based on the technician’s own skill with equipment, the expectations of the customer, and the probability of a high-quality repair.”

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Generally, if the damage to your windshield is smaller than a dollar bill there is a possibility for repair. A special resin fills the chip or crack which stops it from spreading. This is a process that is typically completed in 30 minutes or less. Once the job is finished you may drive away immediately, no need to wait for curing!

The team at IAS Auto Glass prides themselves on performing exceptional work at an affordable price. Check out our auto glass faq page for answers to common questions on replacement and repair. You may also call us at 952-797-4374 with any auto glass related questions.

How much does it cost to replace RV glass?

“If you own a Class A, Class B, or Class C motorhome, your RV windshield is a key component of your safety. Your RV windshield takes the brunt of the wind, rocks, trash, and anything else that might kick up from another vehicle or fall from a passing truck and hit it. Keeping your RV windshield in tip-top condition should be your number one priority. Here’s why:

Class A RV Windshield Replacement Cost

There are several reasons why a Class A RV windshield replacement will cost more than replacing a standard vehicle windshield. For one thing, the windshield is much larger than one on a standard car.

You can expect to pay between $1,000-5,000 to completely replace your Class A motorhome windshield.

Class B RV Windshield Replacement Cost

A Class B campervan uses the same type of windshield as a standard van so the cost is substantially lower than that of a specialty Class A windshield. You should expect to pay between $200-800 to replace a Class B windshield, the cost of replacing the windshield on a standard vehicle.

Class C RV Windshield Replacement Cost

Class C campers also have larger windshields that need to protect a larger surface area than a standard vehicle windshield. The cost for a Class C motorhome windshield replacement is therefore going to be more expensive, like a Class A windshield.”

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As you can probably guess, installing a new RV windshield is no easy task. If you try to do it yourself you risk improper installation which could lead to all sorts of bad things. These include allowing leaks like air and water as well as the possibility of dislodgement. It’s best to let the professionals do the work!

The technicians at IAS Auto Glass have the expertise and skills necessary to replace your RV windshield. Whether you have Class A, B, or C rest assured we’ll get the job done. Call us at 952-797-4374 or visit our auto glass service page for more information.

The difference between laminated and tempered auto glass

“You may have seen it in the news recently—instances of someone getting stuck in their vehicle after an accident because the car was equipped with laminated side windows. Laminated windows are nearly impossible to break with traditional glass-break tools. These small devices are carried in many driver’s gloveboxes because they easily break car windows so that occupants can escape in emergency situations. Unfortunately, these traditional glass-break tools don’t work with laminated side windows. Even first responder professionals have difficulty breaking through laminated glass windows with specialized tools. It can take minutes to saw through and remove laminated glass. In comparison, tempered glass breaks away in mere seconds.

Laminated Side Windows and Tempered Side Window Differences

Why is laminated glass so much harder to break through than tempered glass? To start, let’s talk about tempered glass. Tempered glass has been heat-treated to create a hardened surface. It’s stronger than regular glass, but when it’s hit hard enough, it instantly shatters into thousands of small pieces. In comparison, laminated glass will break from a hit of similar force. The difference is that laminated glass is basically a glass sandwich—two pieces of glass held together by a middle layer of polyvinyl. This polyvinyl interlayer is what creates the problem. Even after the glass has broken, it stays in place because of the interlayer. The plastic interlayer can bend and stretch, making it difficult to punch through. Usually, it needs to be cut through with a saw instead.”

Read more about the differences between the two here.

If you’re unsure whether your vehicle is equipped with laminated or tempered glass there is an easy way to tell. Some where in the corner there should be what’s called a “bug”. This is nothing more than a stamp which should say either laminated or tempered and other important information. If, for some reason, you can’t find the bug simply roll down your windshield. If it’s laminated you should see the middle layer sandwiched between the two outer glass layers at the top edge.

At IAS Auto Glass we provide precision laminated window cutting. Call us at 952-797-4374 or visit our auto glass service page to learn more about this service.

Apple patents new tech to detect windshield cracks

“Cracked windshields are not only a pain in the butt, they can be dangerous if they obstruct your vision, and they can also be expensive to replace. That cost goes up if the windshield is electronically heated or otherwise technologically enhanced.

Apple thinks it may have a solution to this problem — yes, that Apple — or at least that it may be close enough to an answer to have filed a patent application, on Nov. 19. The application describes a system that would carefully monitor the resistance of a conductive film in the sandwiched piece of glass to detect when the glass has been compromised due to physical damage.

What benefit would this serve? I mean, either way, the glass has to be replaced, right? Well, because this is Apple we’re talking about, the system would be smart. That means it would alert you to a windshield crack before the crack necessarily became visible, or it could even go so far as to book the repair procedure automatically.”

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Apple seems to know a thing or two about cracked screens. After all, they’ve been dealing with them since the first iPhone was released over a decade ago. Now, it seems, they have bigger aspirations by developing new technology to aid in discovering windshield cracks. It’ll be interesting to see how useful this new tech really is. Most people should obviously see larger cracks or chips soon after they happen. Perhaps the benefit will be to detect cracks that are small and not in one’s line of sight so much?

The team at IAS Auto Glass also knows how to handle windshield cracks and chips. In fact, we even offer mobile service at no extra charge! Visit our auto glass page or call us at 952-797-4374 to learn more.

As the winter season approaches remember to clear your car of ice and snow

““Drivers should always take the time to remove all snow and ice from the vehicle so it does not become a hazard on the roadway or for other motorists,” said the patrol’s Sgt. Troy Christianson.

It’s also important for drivers to completely clear the frost, snow and ice from all windows so their vision isn’t obstructed, he added.

That’s common sense, but in Minnesota it is also the law. Failure to abide could result in a misdemeanor and a $100 fine.

The State Patrol does not have data on how many citations it issues to drivers specifically for not removing snow or ice, since the offense falls under the statute covering littering — dropping an object “likely to injure any person, animal, or vehicle upon any such street or highway” without the owner’s consent.”

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Minnesota, like many other states, requires its residents to clear snow, ice, and other debris from their vehicle before hitting the road. All too often we hear stories of ice chunks flying off and striking another vehicle. In some cases, this results in serious injury or even death. Other times, these ice shards do damage by piercing windshields – especially on the highway.

The professionals at IAS Auto Glass have the tools and experience to service your auto glass needs. Call us at 952-797-4374 or visit our auto glass service page to get more information.

Student feared for his life as pumpkin smashes through windshield

A pumpkin smashed through a car windshield on Interstate 70 in Indiana on Sunday and came within inches of hitting the driver.

“I just started shaking because I guess I was so scared,” said Caleb Needham, the car’s owner.

The car now has a busted windshield, and sitting in the passenger’s seat surrounded by shattered glass is the pumpkin that did the damage.

“I entered like a shocked state. I’m like, ‘What just happened? Where did this pumpkin come from?’ I could honestly just have died right there,” said Needham.

Around 4 a.m., Needham, who is an Indiana State University student, was heading home after going to some haunted houses with friends. He was on I-70 in Hendricks County when he saw a semitrailer swerve. Seconds later, a pumpkin flew through his windshield.”

Read about this terrifying story here.

Of course, some prankster threw the pumpkin off the overpass which would have killed this driver had it landed directly in front of him. There’s been an alarming trend of objects being thrown from overpasses at unknowing drivers. After the shock of such an incident, these drivers are left to also deal with the damage to their vehicle. Depending on insurance coverage, the cost may not have to be out of pocket.

At IAS Auto Glass we offer resonably auto glass repair and replacement. In fact we also offer mobile service at no additional charge. Call us at 952-797-4374 or visit our auto glass service page for more information.

How rock chip damage is repaired on windshields

What Type of Windshield Rock Chips Can Be Repaired?

In some cases a chip isn’t even a chip. It’s just dirt from the rock. Give the spot a quick rub with a rag. If the stars align in your favor, you’ll discover the mar is only a particularly stubborn bit of dirt.

Most of the time, unfortunately, your eyes haven’t been misled. The damage is real, and you’ll need to get it taken care of. Here are the types of chips that may repairable:

  • Small chips: Chips 1 ¼ inches or smaller can usually be repaired. Place a quarter on the chip. If the chip and any cracks that radiate out are covered, you’re in luck. Damage that covers an area larger than a quarter may be too much to mend.
  • Certain shapes: What do bullseyes, flowers and stars have in common? They all describe the various shapes a rock chip can take. These types of chips can usually be filled. If the center of the chip consists of crushed glass, it may be beyond help.”

Having a rock flung into your windshield from a tractor trailer or other large vehicle can be extremely frustrating. It’s not your fault, but little can be done to get compensation for the damage. The one thing you don’t want to do is wait too long to get it fixed. If you do, there is a chance the crack will spread and not be able to be repaired.

The team at IAS Auto Glass offers rock chip repairs in 30 minutes or less. Those who are in the twin cities metro area may even be eligible for free mobile service too! Call us at 952-797-4374 to schedule an appointment or visit our rock chip repair page for more information.

How long does it take to repair or replace a windshield?

“Most windshield replacements, when done by a reputable company, can be done between 30 and 60 minutes. It takes no time at all to do, but it is also recommended that you do not drive the vehicle for an additional 60 minutes after the glass has been replaced; this means you are looking at about two hours in total from start to finish.

If you have a vehicle with passenger side airbags, then the time could be extended. Because the adhesive needs to be stronger and may take longer to cure. To comply with the laws and safety standards, you should strive to find a trained and certified technician. That only uses products that meet FMVSS standards. They should also be able to provide you with a written warranty and a record of the work that they have completed.”

Read more on windshield repair and replacement here.

A good tip to know whether your windshield can likely be repaired or needs replacement is if the damage is smaller than a dollar bill. If it is, there is no guarantee that a repair will work but depending on the crack or chip replacement may not be necessary. Fortunately, there is no waiting for adhesive to cure so once repair is complete, you can be on your way!

At IAS Auto Glass we strive to meet the demands of our customers. Often times we have same day service available and if not, we are usually available next day. Visit our FAQ page to see answers to common questions regarding or auto glass service or call us at 952-797-4374.

Subaru seeks to dimiss class action lawsuit for defective windshields

“The suit alleges Subaru was “manufacturing, marketing and selling new vehicles with defective and dangerous windshields that were spontaneously and/or unreasonably cracking, chipping and otherwise breaking.”

According to Subaru’s brief advocating dismissal, the drivers can’t sue over models they didn’t drive. The plaintiffs, according to court documents, have stated the auto manufacturer failed to inform them of the alleged dangerous defect and refused to cover the replacement cost. Subaru however has stated the claims “fail as a matter of law due in part to the overly broad class.”

According to the plaintiffs consolidated complaint, the vehicles represented in the case include 2017-2020 Subaru Forester, 2017-2020 Subaru Outback, 2017-2020 Subaru Crosstrek, 2017-2020 Subaru Legacy and 2017-2020 Subaru Impreza vehicles (collectively known as class vehicles). The plaintiffs are seeking replacement windshields and reimbursements for their repair costs, or for Subaru to buy their cars back, according to the consolidated complaint.”

Read more about this lawsuit here.

The original complaint dates back to October of 2019. Since then, numerous plantiffs have been added with others experiencing the issues described also seeking to join the suit. Subaru is claiming that there is no jurisdiction and thus this suit should be dismissed. It remains to be seen what the outcome of this case will be but if windshields are indeed cracking for no apparent reason, Subaru should provide immediate and free replacement.

At IAS Auto Glass, we use the highest grade of OEM materials and installation techniques. Call us at 952-797-4374 or visit or auto glass service page to learn more.