Sheet of ice obliterates windshield of middle school bus

“Middle school students aboard a Utica Community Schools bus in Shelby Township experienced an after-school scare Tuesday, when a sheet of ice shattered half of the bus windshield.

It happened around 3 p.m. on 25 Mile Road near Van Dyke according to Shelby Township Police. The bus was carrying 31 students at the time.

The bus driver and one student sustained minor injuries, and were both treated and released from the hospital according to police.

The sheet of ice is believed to have come from the roof of a box truck.

Police told Action News it’s unclear if the truck driver knew the ice was on their roof or not.”

Read more on this story here.

According to local law, it is illegal to leave snow and ice covering your windows and windshield. Since it is believed that the ice came from the roof of this vehicle, criminal liability may be a toss up. Regardless, common decency and safety should have everyone wanting to remove any potential hazards like ice buildup no matter where it is located on the vehicle. It’s fortunate that this bus driver kept calm and no serious injuries occurred.

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Toyota Prius facing legal issues for “self-destructing” windshields

What Is The Prius Lawsuit About?
There is an alleged defect that can cause the windshields of 2016-2018 Prius to crack unexpectedly at any time during normal driving. There are 57 pages about the complaint, including points at which the windshield can self destruct at any time. The problem with the Prius windshield can happen when parked or while traveling at high speeds.

What Could Happen To You In Your Prius?
A windshield that self destructs could be nothing short of a disaster. The structural integrity of the main cabin relies upon the windscreen in the event of an accident.”

Read more on this lawsuit here.

Apparently, Toyota has known about this issue for some time. Funds from the lawsuit are supposed to help those who’ve put in a claim for repair to be reimbursed. There doesn’t appear to be any recall, so it seems like if you’re a Prius owner, you’ll have to see when and if your windshield is affected.

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Just a reminder to always clear your vehicle windows of ice before driving

“A woman who scraped some but not all the ice from Tuesday’s storm off her windshield crashed into a mailbox and flipped over on Thursday, Ramapo police said. She was slightly injured in the crash and had to be extracted from the car by the Monsey Fire Department.

Earlier today Ramapo PD responded to a car crash on Bluejay St in the Village of Chestnut Ridge. The investigation revealed that the 61 year old female operator failed to scrape the ice from her vehicles windshield. The operator’s view was obstructed due to the ice covered windshield. As a result, she crashed into a brick mailbox.”

Read more about the incident and see photos here.

No matter how late you’re running, it’s never a good idea to forgo clearing your windshield and other auto glass from ice. For one, you’re putting other motorists and pedestrians at risk by limiting your visibility. Of course, there’s also the chance that you’ll be in an accident not involving others as shown in this case. All it takes to avoid such a problem is a little extra time and patience. Warm your car up for 10 or so minutes before you need to leave and that ice will be easy to remove.

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Catfish smashes through windshield of SUV

“It’s not unusual for eastern North Carolina drivers to hit a deer while driving, or a raccoon or even a crow or vulture munching on road kill; it’s not, however, common for a driver to hit a catfish while driving down the road.

Rhesa Walston of Washington hit the whiskered fish while driving home from her mom’s house on Wednesday night.

“That birds got a fish and I was like oh my gosh, it’s a catfish and about that time he drops it and it lands on my windshield and tiny glass just goes everywhere.””

Read the full story here.

What are the odds that a bird would drop a fish (or any object) and have it land right on your windshield? It’s hard to not be angry and feel like this was an intentional act. Unfortunately, situations like these might be classified as an “Act of God” and therefore could be difficult to win a claim.

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Birds blamed for dozens of broken windshields from dropped rocks

“Rock-dropping black birds — maybe ravens, maybe crows — are accused of smashing out glass in a half-dozen vehicles parked at Soldotna’s Central Peninsula Hospital last week.

Keith Randall, the hospital’s security manager, heard about the spate of broken windshields, rear windows and sunroofs and figured he was dealing with a vandalism problem.

Randall quickly realized he was. But it wasn’t humans doing the damage. The evidence pointed to black birds “observed over a period of time picking up rocks and dropping ’em into the parking lot,” he said last week. “Multiple people have said, ‘Oh yeah, I’ve seen them do that before.’””

Read further details on this story here.

Vandals break windshields with rocks all the time. So it is easy to assume that if you see stones next to broken glass, vicious people are to blame. That’s not the case in this situation. One woman called her insurance company trying to explain what had happened and exclaimed that she was not making it up. Unfortunately for her, that company agreed to only cover half of the cost of damage.

At IAS Auto Glass, we are the preferred provided of many insurance companies. We will contact your company on your half and bill accordingly. If your auto glass needs replacement, call us at 952-797-4374 for free mobile service in the twin cities area.

Windshield smashed by police officer results in injuries for vehicle occupants

“An Orlando police office was arrested after officials said he used a board to smash the windshield of a vehicle while people were still inside.

Authorities said the occupants inside the vehicle were injured.

Officials said they were notified of the incident with Gabriel Pagan on July 17 and launched an internal investigation.

The investigation was then turned over to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for an outside review.

Orlando police said the FDLE turned its findings over to the State Attorney’s Office.

Police said Pagan was relieved of his duties with pay. He has worked with the Orlando Police Department since August 2016.”

Read more about this story here.

The first thing that comes to mind when you read of police officers smashing vehicle windows is that it must be for life-saving purposes. Unfortunately, although rare, that’s not always the case. Details are scarce in this situation but it definitely seems like this officer acted inapprorpiately. It remains to be seen what sort of reimbursement the police department will offer the victims.

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As winter and cold weather sets in, it’s vital that you scrape your windshield

“‘As winter approaches, law enforcement agencies are reminding drivers to scrape their windshields before heading out on the roads to avoid causing a crash.

Police in Menomonie, Wisconsin said a driver drove into oncoming traffic Tuesday morning and went off the road because they could not see through the frost on their windshield.

No one was hurt in the crash, but police said it easily could have been much worse.'”

Read about this story here.

Morning commuters are well aware of the frustrations that come with frost and ice build-up on windshields. It’s not uncommon to see tiny pockets of clear spots on windshields from other drivers as they rush to get to work. However, driving without even scraping at all? That’s a recipe for disaster.

The easiest thing you can do to clear your windshield is start and warm your car up while you get ready for work. It should only take several minutes before the ice starts to clear and it only takes a minute or two to walk out there and turn the ignition. If you have a remote starter, even better!

While we won’t scrape your windshield for you, we do offer exceptional service for repairs and replacements of windshields. Call us at 952-797-4374 or visit our auto glass page to learn more.

San Francisco has a unique plan to combat vehicle break-ins

“Voter anger over San Francisco’s vehicle break-in epidemic has district attorney candidate Chesa Boudin proposing that the city help replace the broken windows and competitor Leif Dautch suggesting that convicted burglars do the repairs.

“For young, first-time, non-organized-crime offenders, Victims Services would operate a community-service restitution program where offenders would repair the glass of cars that have been broken into,” said Dautch, one of four candidates in a tight race to replace D.A. George Gascón, who resigned recently.

“This glass-repair unit would be one component of a diversion program or probation sentence, not the entire punishment for the crime,” said Dautch, a deputy state attorney general and former member of the San Francisco Juvenile Probation Commission.”

Read more on this story here.

It’s a strange concept for sure, burglars repairing auto glass on the spot? One has to wonder how these offenders would be trained and who would supervise them. As an automobile owner, naturally there would be concern over the qualifications of these convicts. Most people would probably feel more comfortable having a reputable professional make the repairs or replacement.

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New standard for auto glass implemented by the Certified Automotive Parts Association

“The Certified Automotive Parts Association (CAPA) has announced its technical committee has approved the CAPA 801 Standard for the certification of automotive glass.

The standard currently applies to windshields but may be expanded to include side and rear windows in the future.

In the past, fit and clarity were the primary concerns when using aftermarket glass; however, with the growing trend of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) being incorporated with automotive glass, considerations surrounding the functionality of ADAS equipment must be also made.

Following feedback from the collision repair industry regarding the quality of aftermarket automotive glass, CAPA created the 801 Standard, which requires demonstrated compliance to applicable sections of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 205, Glazing Materials, as well as ADAS-related hardware, appearance, materials and dimensional requirements not addressed by the Federal standard. The standard does not include requirements for glass installation.”

Read the entire story here.

As technology in windshields contains to evolve, safety still remains the #1 priority. This new standard developed should help to further emphasize that point. One thing’s for certain, we’ve come along way from the original type of material used to manufacture auto glass.

The pro’s at IAS Auto Glass always follow installation and replacement procedures by the book. If you need auto glass service call us at 952-797-4374 or visit our auto glass page for more information.

Golf ball sized-hole discovered in residents windshield near golf course

“A golf ball from the Southgate Municipal Golf Course reportedly made its way into a nearby resident’s driveway Aug. 25. Around 6 p.m., a man living in the 13000 block of Westminster Street said he discovered a golf ball-sized hole in the windshield of his 2018 Lincoln MKX. The next day, he took the car to the Southgate Police Department, where an officer noted the damage to the upper middle of the windshield. The estimated cost of repairs was $700.”

Read the report here.

When you discover damage to your vehicle while it is parked, it can be tricky getting reimbursed quickly. Unless covered by your insurance, you may have to foot the bill for the repair while the legal process plays out. This can be an unwelcomed burden and financial strain.

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